Before some of our fellow Posters consign this team to the trash heap and run its ownership out of town, let's compare the Patriots' performance over the last five years with three of the other great Dynasties of the SB era. The bottom line is that, while we have great memories of those teams, it wasn't a straight line for any of them and they all had rocky periods. Pats 2001--2005 SB Appearances: three SB Wins: three Regular Season W/L Pcgt: .725 Missed Playoffs: Once (eliminated on last day of season) Worst Record: 9--7 '49-ers 1981--1994 SB Appearances: four SB Wins: four (took them 13 freakin' seasons to get number four and NFL history still thinks of it as one of the great runs of all time) Regular Season W/L Pcgt: .736 Missed Playoffs: Three Times Worst Record: 10--6 (Four times) and 10-5-1 once Cowboys 1970--1978 SB Appearances: five SB Wins: two (as in "T-W-O") Regular Season W/L Pcgt: .734 Missed Playoffs: Once. Got in on Wild Card three times Redskins 1982--1991 SB Appearances: four SB Wins: three (in NINE years) Regular Season W/L Pcgt: .704 Missed Playoffs: Three times Worst Record: 7--9 And, the above was before the cap and "parity." So, let's take a deep breath and get a little perspective: We're 2--1, not 0--3. Our Offense is adapting to some big changes made, IMHO, in the interests of being stronger in the future and not having to wait 26 YEARS between SB wins like the Steelers. We're still gonna win the Division. We're gonna make some noise in January.