You really don’t need to watch the final six games of the season. It doesn’t matter what happens. The storylines will be the same. They are set in concrete, and nothing can change them.
It started yesterday, following the 34-3 win over the Chiefs. It doesn’t mean anything! They beat an injury-riddled team with the worst quarterback in the league! Patriots have the worst defense in the league! When they face a real quarterback in the playoffs like Ben Roethlisberger, he’s going to carve them up and the season will be over!
Rinse, and repeat. All day, both stations.
You will get a version of that every week from here on out, as the Patriots schedule is (according to the media) nothing but cupcakes the rest of the way. Any win or good performance by the defense is completely meaningless. A loss, god forbid, will be the end of the world as we know it. (And they could well lose to the Eagles this weekend.)
Looking forward to the last six weeks of the season? Me too.
When looking at the Patriots defense, the only stat that matters to the media is yards allowed. In that category, the Patriots are last, giving up 404 yards per game. When it comes to points allowed, however, the Patriots are 10th in the NFL, giving up an average of 20.3 points per game, ahead of perceived stalwart defenses like the Jets, Lions, Giants, Bears and Cowboys. The Indianapolis Colts give up 30 points a game. If you look objectively (impossible for sports radio hosts to do) how can you possibly say that the Colts have a better defense than the Patriots? You can’t.
Bill Belichick on The Big Show yesterday talked about this. He acknowledged that everything (yards, points, red zone, etc) is important, but the most important defensive stat is points allowed.
I ask you to please keep that in mind the next time you hear Mike Mutnansky or Tony Massarotti screaming at you about “BIG PICTURE” and the Patriots having the worst defense in the NFL. I’m going to believe what Bill Belichick says over those jokers.
It’s report card day, so here are your weekly grades on the team’s performance:
Making The Grades – Chiefs at Patriots - Jeremy Gottlieb reminds us that Bill Belichick may not be so great at shopping for the groceries, but he sure can cook a great meal.
Patriots Report Card: Where running up the score is a must - Kirk Minihane can’t find “classy decisions” anywhere on the NFL tiebreaker charts.
Patriots Report Card - Ron Borges says that this was like Oklahoma scheduling Ball State.
Patriots Report Card: Rob Gronkowski Proves Yet Again He Is Top Tight End In NFL - Jeff Howe says it’s not the Patriots fault they were playing a lousy quarterback. They got the job done.
ESPNBoston - says that this won’t be remembered as Tom Brady’s finest game.
Patriots report card - Add your vote to the Boston.com report card.
40 lines on 20 issues - Tom E Curran weighs in on a number of Patriots items.
Rob Gronkowski Keeps on ‘Drilling for Oil’ and 19 Other Patriots Thoughts - Jeff Howe has 20 thoughts.
QB whisperer analyzes what ails Tom Brady - Karen Guregian has Tom Martinez suggesting that the Patriots QB is hurting.
New MLB contract limits big payday for top draft picks - Brian MacPherson looks at how the new MLB CBA could actually keep some talented players out of the game, citing a Red Sox prospect who chose baseball over football because of a signing bonus as an example. Gordon Edes notes though, that some of these compensation rules may benefit the Red Sox.
Where is the Red Sox’ next closer? - Rob Bradford looks at replacements for Jonathan Papelbon.
Don’t expect a slugfest between B’s, Sabres - Despite what you may have heard on the radio this morning, Joe Haggerty says not to expect fireworks tonight between the Bruins and Sabres.
Bruins say they’ll just be themselves - James Murphy says that the Bruins will be prepared if something does happen.
Jeff Green plans to remain with Green - Steve Bulpett has the restricted free again looking forward to returning to the Celtics whenever the lockout ends.