.... prior to the Giants game. It will be a short one since I only have about 15 minutes. I hope this doesn't disappoint. 1. Adding to the list of reasons why, IF the Pats go 19-0 it will dwarf what the Dolphins did. a. If Cleveland wins its last game, the Pats would have to beat 9 teams that had 10 wins or more to win the superbowl. In 1972 the Dolphins only beat ONE team that had 10 wins or more. b. If Cleveland and Washington make the Playoffs, the Pats would have beaten SEVEN playoff teams during the season. The Dolphins didn't beat a playoff team their entire season (IIRC) c. The season is longer, harder, more competitive. Injuries play a much bigger factor since the game is played by faster, stronger, bigger players. 2. Speaking of injuries the Pats have been pretty lucky with thier top skill players, they haven't gone unscathed either. I don't think the media treats the Pats the same way they do the Colts since the Pats don't EVER play the injury card. For example, no Colts story goes by without some mention of Dwight Freeney's loss, yet the losing RColvin is rarely mentioned, despite the fact that Colvin had more sacks, tackles, picks, fumble recoveries, forced fumbles and TDs than Freeney. Also little was made about the several times the Pats were without 2 or more of their OL/TE combinations. Those are not insignificant losses on most teams. Steven Neal is close to a probowl talent and the Pats have been without him for most of this season. BTW- This is one of the reasons I feel the Pats have not gone to the running game until now. Hockstein is a reliable pass defender, but just a JAG when it comes to the running game. 3. I have to sympathize with Channel 5. I think they are gettnig screwed financially if Channels 4 and 7 also can broadcast the game in the greater Boston area. I have to think they have a case for damages. 4. While everyone carps about how the Colts can come to NE and beat the Pats, I don't buy it. for the following reasons a. The Colts cannot generate the same kind of pass rush in the cold as what they do in the dome. b. it will be worse when they don't have their top threat (Freeney). c. If Brady has time he will tear up the colts secondary. d. The talking heads keep talking about how manning has come into NE and beat the Pats before. None mention that thaos were all warm weather games in good conditions.