From John Clayton's 1st and 10 article on espn.com: "The Eagles and Ravens have made the undefeated Patriots look vulnerable. Both teams proved that tight coverage on slot receiver Wes Welker and double coverage of Randy Moss can slow down the Patriots' passing offense. Both used varied blitzes to pressure quarterback Tom Brady." Ok, so they can "slow down" the Patriots' passing offense. Let's look at some numbers: Brady's combined line: 52-92 (56.6%, including at least 9 drops), 637 yds, 3 td, 1 int New England scored 31 and 27 points (average of 29 points) in those two games, against two of the better defenses in the league. Sure, that's "slowing them down". But it's like slowing Secretariat down. Ok, so he doesn't win the race by 31 lengths...just 10 lengths. That's what's happening here. They're slowing the Pats down, but the Pats are "only" putting up 29 points, with Brady averaging more than 315 yds a game passing. For reference's sake, here's what the Patriots averaged in terms of points-per-game since 2001: 2001 - 23.2 (won SB) 2002 - 23.8 2003 - 21.2 (won SB) 2004 - 27.3 (won SB) 2005 - 23.7 (lost in 2nd round of playoffs) 2006 - 24.1 (lost in AFCCG) So their offense is "slowing down", but it's still averaging more during this "slow" period than they ever did during any of their past six seasons - a stretch which includes three Super Bowl-winning teams!!