I do not agree with the 'ugly win' characterization. There are a few standards I have that oveeride that. 1) 17 points or less allowed. Ever since we won SB XXXVI by runninig off 9 straight games of allowing 17 or less, I have realized this is the true test of a defense. Basically, if the D allows 17 or less, its a good game that you should win. It doesnt really matter how you get there, but when you add in that this was a first half shutout, and a 'prevent' philosophy from a D that never let the opponent within closer than 10 points, that is a factor. If the offense wasn't scoring and it was a close gaem, the defense would have played an entirely different strategy. Sure its fun to win 34-0, but when the clock is your ally, its foolish to expect to play shut down defense. There is no point in taking any risk on D when you are ahead, and the clockis winding. 2) While we have come to judge the offense on a 80% completion percent and 1 punt per game, we still had a VERY GOOD offensive day. Again, its fun when its easy and we are unstoppable, but over 400 yards of offense, 3 TDs, 2 FGs, no turnovers, and a drive we pretty much gave up on that ended inside the 10 is one of the best days of a season for many offenses (especially when its done from well ahead, and not putting #s playing catchup) We ran well, we threw well, we had zero sacks. Sammy Morris is better than the starting RB on all of our SB Champs, except the last one with Dillon having a tremendous year. Bruscheau is a hell of a LB. Splitting time they combined for 2 sacks and 2 Ints, plus a bumch of other plays. We've talked about Randall Gay being an excellent tackler. It showed up on the final score of this game. I thought Gay had a medicore overall game, but his best skills, being in the right place all the time, and being a great tackler for a corner makes it hard for him to have a bad game. Teams know we want to throw. Teams know giving Brady time is a deadly thing, yet Brady has been sacked 3 times in 5 games. We ran for 4.5 a carry. Once again our OL looks like the class of the NFL. Watson and Stallworth are weapons. Its hard to envision our O having a poor day when these guys are 'extra'. Take away what you want, we still have more to exploit you with. Its kind of gone unnoticed that we have dominated every game, while having: #1 RB out for 2 games #1 RG out for 2 games #1 C out for 1 game #1 DE out for all 5 #1 SS out for 4 #1 CB playing without a preseason What in the world was Jr Seau doing on that Int return? I think Mike Vrabel would contribute to a team being a winner as an OLB, ILB, DE, TE, or even FB if forced to play oany of those positions. I think if 8 years ago he was told he had to drop weight and be a SS he'd be a good one today, and if he was told he had to gain weight and be a 4-3 DT (in a Tampa2 system) he'd be a good one of those also. Basically, he is a FOOTBALL PLAYER and he'd be in the NFL making plays no matter what position he was playing. It seems that every game he plays he comes up with a key play, like the hit this game that created the 2nd Seau Int. He's starting to seem to me like Bruschi was from 01-04, always the guy making key plays. It is very clear to me that it is going to be us and Indy all the way to the end. I'll post that separately.