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  1. chunga

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    The Pats are tired and their undefeated season is the only story in the NFL. What should be meaningless games towards the end of the schedule are now going to be overscrutinized and the team is going to be under a microscope. A loss to the Steelers would deflect the media attention and give the Patriots an opportunity to begin resting players, disguising schemes for the playoffs and the best part about it, the media would write them off and crown the Steelers as the team to beat in the playoffs. We would still have home field and that would serve as extra motivation to beat them a second time. The team is feeling the pressure now and a loss or two would deflect that and make the Patriots not the only story in the league and perhaps and underdog.
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    Loss against Steelers would be a good thing

    The Pats are tired and their undefeated season is the only story in the NFL. What should be meaningless games towards the end of the schedule are now going to be overscrutinized and the team is going to be under a microscope. A loss to the Steelers would deflect the media attention and give the Patriots an opportunity to begin resting players, disguising schemes for the playoffs and the best part about it, the media would write them off and crown the Steelers as the team to beat in the playoffs. We would still have home field and that would serve as extra motivation to beat them a second time. The team is feeling the pressure now and a loss or two would deflect that and make the Patriots not the only story in the league and perhaps and underdog. Also, we are older and we are tired. A two or three week bye for some of these guys might be a good thing.
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    Re: Loss against Steelers would be a good thing

    :rofl:

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    Re: Loss against Steelers would be a good thing

    Curious, what was your first post?
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    Re: Loss against Steelers would be a good thing

    Can you guys smell that?
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    Re: Loss against Steelers would be a good thing

    Sorry Michael Gee, but no.
  7. chunga

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    Re: Loss against Steelers would be a good thing


    Two playoff game type atmospheres to get to the Super Bowl or six playoff type games to preserve a record and get to the Super Bowl? What would you rather have?
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    Re: Loss against Steelers would be a good thing

    It's called being battle tested.. This is good for them, as well as good practice for the playoffs... Enjoy the ride...
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    #75 Jersey

    Re: Loss against Steelers would be a good thing

    I don't quite think the Patriots view things that way.
  10. chunga

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    Re: Loss against Steelers would be a good thing

    Why? There is nothing good to come out of the Patriots going undefeated besides tying the 1972 Dolphins. What is the point in going full throttle against the Giants in week 16? I want a fresh team in the first game of the playoffs. We've seen what lesser teams have brought the last couple of weeks and the Patrios have barely been able to match that intensity. I don't want a tired team with Jacksonville coming into Foxboro.
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    Re: Loss against Steelers would be a good thing

    I think his first post was exactly the same. He's managed to post it twice. He clearly feels very strongly about it.
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    #12 Jersey

    Re: Loss against Steelers would be a good thing

    and i agree too
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    Re: Loss against Steelers would be a good thing

    People were posting the same thing in 2003. We started at 2-2 and won the next 12 in a row. Towards the end it was "better to lose now than in the playoffs",etc. Silliness.
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    Re: Loss against Steelers would be a good thing

    We will be in trouble if we go into the playoffs undefeated, full throttle. They will look like the team in the second half against the Colts in last years AFC Championship game or the tired run D against the Ravens. Everyone plays their best against them because they want to be the team to beat the Pats. We need full focus and strength against the Jaguars and Colts. Addai and Taylor will eat up a tired team. We need two bye weeks. A loss this week will take a lot of pressure off the team and we can forget the Giants game. Treat it like the fifth exhibition game.
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    Re: Loss against Steelers would be a good thing

    It's not an either-or. Why is this so hard to understand?

    Every game the Pats play I want to see them win.
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    Re: Loss against Steelers would be a good thing

    We know the Patriots win matchup wise against any team in the league. The main goal now is maintaining energy until the games count in January. That is what we've learned the most over the last couple of weeks.
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    Re: Loss against Steelers would be a good thing

    You want to go into the playoffs full throttle.

    You sound young. One bye week is good, two is bad.

    When the Pats had a bye week locked up a couple years ago, they played the starters well into the fourth quarter against the Niners week 17.
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    Re: Loss against Steelers would be a good thing

    Why are those things mutually exclusive? Oh wait, that's right - THEY'RE NOT. And I suspect the Patriots don't feel the "pressure" or whatever NEARLY as much as some think they do. This is part of what BB insulates them from.

    I don't disagree that they would respond well if they DID lose, I just don't think it's necessary and I certainly don't think it's a "good thing."
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    Re: Loss against Steelers would be a good thing

    Sure it is. We know they can win against every team when they are at their sharpest. We also know what inferior teams can do against them when they are tired.
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    Re: Loss against Steelers would be a good thing

    Do you realize we have 2 weeks between the Giants game and the first playoff game. Then 2 weeks between AFC Championship and superbowl. I don't see being tired as an issue.

    BTW, losing/letting-up really helped the 2005 Colts...13-0, then 1-2 to finish it out; and no trip to the superbowl
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    Re: Loss against Steelers would be a good thing

    Belichick would NEVER rest his starters before a BYE WEEK. Never has, never would, never will.
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    Re: Loss against Steelers would be a good thing

    We need rest. Period. This defense is old. Two games off would be a good thing. It will bite us in the ass against Jacksonville. Not saying have them sit around for two weeks but two weeks without game play would be a good thing.
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    Re: Loss against Steelers would be a good thing

    Belichik would never, ever admit that his team was tired as he just did this week.
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    Re: Loss against Steelers would be a good thing

    You do know that the Patriots will have a week off, in other words, two weeks (plus a day, maybe) between the Giants game and their first playoff game, right? Nowhere in your posts have you acknowledged this. If Jax comes into Fox, they'll be beat up from a playoff game and no time off since their bye, whenever that was. Finally, Belichick hasn't let up on the throttle late in the season in prior years, so I wouldn't expect him to start now. And, Brady would fight him tooth and nail if he tried to bench him.
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    Re: Loss against Steelers would be a good thing

    You are forgetting that this team under BB attempts to win every game regardless of its record. Further, it takes each game as a separate challenge, does not look ahead, and refuses to acknowledge any goal beyond winning the next game. It appears you are tired and losing energy from this wild season and all this talk about the pressure of being perfect. Get some rest, drink healthy fluids, and chant your one-game-at-a-time mantra when you start to feel stress. Good luck!
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    I'd love for the Pats to beat the Steelers and go undefeated for my own selfish reasons.
    But I agree with chunga..it might be the best thing for this team going forward.
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    Re: Loss against Steelers would be a good thing


    True. I mean't two Sundays without playing a game, including Giants.
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    Re: Loss against Steelers would be a good thing

    This thread is sofa king stupid.

    I don't give a damn if the Jets and Dolphins think they're Superman, it won't make a lick of a difference. The Giants could be in more of a position to be resting players than the Patriots, as they will not have a bye the following week.

    The Patriots are going to finish 14-2 worst scenario possible, and that would still give them the number one seed. THEY WILL ABSOLUTELY STILL HAVE A BULL'S EYE ON THEIR BACKS. Would you rather the Steelers come into Gillette a second time and know that they got their asses handed to them in December or would you like them to come in knowing they've already beaten the Patriots?

    The teams in the playoffs will be plenty motivated enough because (and I know this might shock you) their season is quite literally on the line. It would be stupid of the Patriots to want to lose a game because they're afraid of a team "trying real hard" to beat them because it's going to happen whether they're undefeated, have one loss, or finish 12-4.
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    Nope, I'm ready and well rested from my couch. The team is exhausted. I'm suprised there weren't more injuries on Monday night because of it.
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    Re: Loss against Steelers would be a good thing

    Really, I disagree. Not saying that the Patriots are going to lay down on Sunday, they will give it everything they have, but I don't know how much is in the reserve right now. Just saying it wouldn't be a bad thing if they did lose this one for stated reasons. And I disagree, if the Pats lose two the bullseye would not be anywhere near as big. The media would toss them aside and jump on Big Ben and Peyton in a heartbeat.
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