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    Will the Patriots go 16-0?

    I can't believe I'm even askin the question. I've always been of the belief that it's virtually impossible to run the table in the NFL. In all my years of following pro football, only two other times did I think a team was capable going undefeated;the 1985 Bears, and the 1994 49ers. the 49ers lost the second game of the year to put that to rest, and the Bears lost in a fluky Monday night game (tha '85 Bears team is still the best team I've ever seen).

    But this year's Patriots look unstoppable. I think they're that much better than anyone else, that if they decide that they want to go undefeated, I don't see how anyone can beat them. They clearly have the best offense, and they might have the best defense.

    This is as dominant a team as I've seen since 1985.

    If they didn't play in a division they're going to clinch by week 10, I might say they'd do it. But they're going to be on cruise control the last few weeks of the season. That might be the only way they lose.
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    Re: Will the Patriots go 16-0?

    If they truly wanted to go undeafted, they could. But as you said, they'll have the bye and home field clinched by Week 13, allowing them to rest all of their starters before the playoffs.
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    Re: Will the Patriots go 16-0?

    I'd love to see it but I doubt it'l happen, 14-2 and a super bowl championship
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    Re: Will the Patriots go 16-0?

    Best team I've seen in a long time. They pushed a pretty good Dallas team all over the field. Maybe on a good day, Indy can beat them in a shootout.
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    Re: Will the Patriots go 16-0?

    Barring injuries, I think only INDY can beat them if they play well. Get through that game, and it'll be all about execution.

    I don't think they will, but they appear to be the best team the NFL has seen since the Cowboys back in the early-mid 90s.
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    Re: Will the Patriots go 16-0?

    The only team I see that even has a chance to beat them is Indianapolis. That game is November 4th. If they get past Indy I think they will go undefeated.

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    Re: Will the Patriots go 16-0?

    "Great" is a word that gets thrown around way too much, but they are a truely great team.
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    Re: Will the Patriots go 16-0?

    As a Cowboys fan, I assumed they would put up some points against our secondary, but wow... they just moved the ball at will. I'm not even sure that they really need a good running back to destroy teams as long as that line holds up.

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    Re: Will the Patriots go 16-0?

    Quote Originally Posted by redsfan30 View Post
    "Great" is a word that gets thrown around way too much, but they are a truely great team.
    Exactly. I can't stand when people call something that is average or above average great. The Patriots are truely a great team. I think that if they want to they can easily go 16 and 0. Will they? Probably not. They will clinch in a few weeks, and they won't have anything more to play for.
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    Re: Will the Patriots go 16-0?

    I want those smug, retired Dolphins from the 70's to be alive when somebody breaks their record.

    It would be most satifying if it were a completely unclassy undisciplined group, just to get Bob Griese's panties in a bunch.

    The Patriots are generally classy and disciplined, but I'll take it.
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    Re: Will the Patriots go 16-0?

    Quote Originally Posted by cincinnati chili View Post
    I want those smug, retired Dolphins from the 70's to be alive when somebody breaks their record.

    It would be most satifying if it were a completely unclassy undisciplined group, just to get Bob Griese's panties in a bunch.

    The Patriots are generally classy and disciplined, but I'll take it.
    That's exactly the group I think about whenever this comes up...

    they still send a case of champagne to the last team to lose their undefeated status each season. Lame.
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    Re: Will the Patriots go 16-0?

    The whole Videogate incident may have provided the fuel the Pats need to go for 16-0.
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    Re: Will the Patriots go 16-0?

    God help us if they do. We already know that the only games played in the United States involve Boston or New York teams. I just can't wait for the Ortiz steroid information to officially leak so that cities one non NBA/NFL title is incredibly tainted. Can't wait.
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    Re: Will the Patriots go 16-0?

    The Patriots have no weaknesses. None. They're excellent on both lines, QB, skill positions, special teams - both coverage and returns, intangibles (leadership, cohesion, discipline), LB corps, secondary, defensive scheming, and perhaps most importantly, coaching. In today's NFL, that's pretty much unheard of. Scary too.

    But will they go 16-0? Well, in addition to the aforementioned Colts game and possible starters-getting-rest-in-preparation-for-playoffs games against the Dolphins (wk 16) and Giants (wk 17), there's also the Steelers matchup. The Steelers play excellent defense (especially against the run), and actually have the personnel and defensive scheming to take away or, more likely, contain the Patriots' best player - Tom Brady. If they can neutralize him while stopping the run as they traditionally do, then Ben, Willie Parker and the offensive line may be able to muster just enough offense to steal one away. It'd be no easy task, but I think the Steelers (who I despise with a passion) actually have as good a shot as anybody.

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    Re: Will the Patriots go 16-0?

    Quote Originally Posted by Screwball View Post
    The Patriots have no weaknesses. None. They're excellent on both lines, QB, skill positions, special teams - both coverage and returns, intangibles (leadership, cohesion, discipline), LB corps, secondary, defensive scheming, and perhaps most importantly, coaching. In today's NFL, that's pretty much unheard of. Scary too.

    But will they go 16-0? Well, in addition to the aforementioned Colts game and possible starters-getting-rest-in-preparation-for-playoffs games against the Dolphins (wk 16) and Giants (wk 17), there's also the Steelers matchup. The Steelers play excellent defense (especially against the run), and actually have the personnel and defensive scheming to take away or, more likely, contain the Patriots' best player - Tom Brady. If they can neutralize him while stopping the run as they traditionally do, then Ben, Willie Parker and the offensive line may be able to muster just enough offense to steal one away. It'd be no easy task, but I think the Steelers (who I despise with a passion) actually have as good a shot as anybody.
    Football is such a simple game. Great post. If you get in the face of any Qb consistently you can win any game. They will lose when that happens. Problem is they have such an amazing pass blocking line and efficient play calling. They don't allow Brady the chance to make mistakes like any Qb would. He's a HOF no doubt. But he's also playing in a bubble like I've never seen before.

    If you gave Carson that bubble we'd see the same damn thing. Just sad our coach makes the game WAY WAY too complicated.
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