It's simple: The Eagles played us tonight like we played the Rams in the Superbowl as underdogs a few years ago. Physically. Teams like us and those Rams aren't used to getting smashed in the mouth. Our team is so healthy because we have been winning games before half time. Our starters have NOT been playing smashmouth football. In many cases they have barely been playing three quarters of light football. Most teams have given up trying to sack Brady after the half. The Pats have broken so many spirits that teams have melted in front of them. What has resulted is that the Pats right now are technically brilliant, but physically untested. They are skilled, yet not toughened. This is why BB has been putting pressure on them. He knows that they're getting soft with all of these easy games. There are two possibilities for what really went down tonight: a) The Pats ARE soft, and unable to hold up to a tough football team. b) The coaching staff called a bizarre and downright strange game plan on purpose, to try to toughen the team up, so that the Pats of 2007 don't fall into the trap that the Rams did, and end up in a Superbowl unprepared for a smashmouth game. I'd like to believe that (b) was what we witnessed tonight, but a part of me believes it may have been (a). In any case, I am glad that the Pats have seen what a motivated and tough opponent can do to them. This gives the Pats more than ample time to toughen up over the coming weeks so that they're ready for hungry playoff opponents when the time comes. We do not want to become complacent and soft as the St Louis Rams became. We know how that ended up.