Just some random thoughts and reactions to some of the stuff I've been reading and hearing. 1.I take personal offense to Peyton Manning comparing what their team has had to overcome this season, and what the Pats have had to overcome, AND trying to create the impression that they are the SAME. Bull *****. I have never been a rabid Peyton hater in the past. I admired his accomplishments and talents, even if I wanted him to lose every game they played against us. However recently I can't stand listening to him. That disingenuous, patronizing, self aggrandizing, self serving (and I don't give a damned if that was redundant) rat bastard, has turned me into a complete hater. What an F'ing phony. 2.Of course ESPN's coverage will all be slanted in the Bronco's and their golden boy's favor for the next 6 days, and while that pisses me off no end, it might not be a bad thing over all. I think the underdog role suits our team and our NE mentality It will also make watching shots of the Manning face at the end of the game, even more satisfying. Plus as we all know the one thing ESPN loves more than building up someone, its tearing them down. 3.Get used to it. No one will think the Pats can win this game on Sunday....And its for good reason. Don't be shocked. On paper this is as bad a match up as we could see. On one hand, Manning will have every one of his skill people fully ready to go. Welker, Decker, Dthomas, Jthomas, Ball and the guy who gashed them for over 200 rushing yds, KMoreno. In fact the ONLY missing player on the Denver offense is T Ryan Clady. OMG β Peyton, the horror and devastation of your offense is historic and you should canonized (again) for overcoming such huge adversity times infinity. While I am being wildly sarcastic here, the fact remains that the Bronco offense just as wildly talented and balanced and they will be going against a defense that is likely to start 4 rookies. And while the Pats do have a good running attack, their passing options have all be been eliminated. Gronk, Hernandez, Dobson, Thompkins, Boyce are all gone, leaving Denver's depleted secondary with only having to deal with 2 slot receivers and Vareen out of the backfield,. That's it man. There is NO ONE else on the roster that can threaten the weakest part of the Denver D. No deep threat. No TE threat. No big physical threat in the red zone. No back shoulder throws to worry about. So while the Pats secondary has to choose their poison among 5 options of which 3 are elite, Denver can easily double the ONLY 2 serious WR's the Pats will likely have available. One of whom will need groin surgery after the season. So who cares if Brady drops back. Who is he going to throw to and how are they going to get open??? Now Denver can really afford to overplay the run, That's a run D that already ranked 7th during the regular season. OTOH, the Pats will face a good running attack plus D Thomas, Decker, Welker, J Thomas, and Mereno out of the backfield....and oh yeah, the MVP, GOAT, patron saint of ESPN, Peyton Manning. If this were any other team with the same mismatches you would be seeing a double digit number coming out of Las Vegas. Only the Pats winning history and the Bellichick/Brady mystique has kept it to around 7. 4.OK I admit that was pretty bleak, but that's what the rest of the country and the media are looking at. Its also what we are looking at. So the one thing we shouldn't worry or rail about this week is the negativity the Pats are going to receive. Based on what you see on paper, anyone would be hard pressed to see the Pats going to Denver, where they have a bad history to begin with, and pull out a win against St. Peyton. Its time to bring out your inner Rodney Harrison and EMBRACE the disrespect. Love the underdog role, don't fight it. 5.But as unlikely as it seems, it isn't as bad as the match ups for the 2001 Superbowl, so we all know that it CAN happen. The next phase of this post will be to try and figure out how to do it. That's what BB is doing right now. Trying to figure out how he can slow down that Denver offense and create enough offense of his own, so that midway into the 4th quarter this game will still be in doubt. Lets begin.