December 9, 2007


Patriots Roll Over Steelers to Remain Unbeaten (Associated Press, December 9, 2007)

The Patriots are dominant once more. And still unbeaten.

Tom Brady threw four touchdown passes, shattering Steelers safety Anthony Smith's guarantee of a victory, Randy Moss caught two of them and New England crushed Pittsburgh 34-13 on Sunday.

And they're basically at home until the Super Bowl (one short trip to Giants Stadium).

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 9, 2007 9:07 PM

Eli and Plax are salivating at the Pats' secondary, as are Strahan and Umenyiora at the prospect of a Brady lunch.

Since neither team is likely to be playing for anything, it's probably best for the Pats to rest Brady. That way, he won't end up with a Theisman from the Giants' pass rush, and the Pats have an excuse for not going undefeated.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at December 9, 2007 9:41 PM

The good Manning was no match for them. The bad one will embarrass himself.

Posted by: oj at December 9, 2007 10:45 PM

Anthony Smith might as well have sent the Football Gods an e-mail with the subject line "Smite Me, I Double Dare You!"

Posted by: Mike Morley at December 10, 2007 8:07 AM

On the other hand, if by some miracle the Dolphins beat the Patriots with the '72 team in attendance, you've got this year's made-for-TV movie complete with giftwrap.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at December 10, 2007 9:27 AM

The good Manning had no trouble yesterday with a Ravens team that all but dominated the Pats a week earlier.

If Marvin Harrison plays, the Colts beat the Pats easy earlier in the season. Put Harrison in and take Moss out (not quite the equivalent player for the Pats, but close) and it's a blowout.

The "bad" Manning will pick the Pats apart. But the Giants won't even have to score much. Dump Brady on the ground a few time and his game changes entirely.

Go Blue.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at December 10, 2007 9:58 AM

The Ravens lost their Super Bowl and then mailed it in against an also ran. No surprise. Playing the Pats means something., The Colts, not much.

Posted by: oj at December 10, 2007 10:55 AM

The second half of this season, the Pats have played poorly against bad teams and played well against good teams. The only exception to this was the Colts game.

The Pats are awesome and a good team to hate.

If they go undefeated, will that put more pressure on them during the post season? Didn't they win 18 games in a row a couple of years ago that stretched over a couple of seasons?

Posted by: pchuck at December 10, 2007 12:29 PM

Marvin Harrison is probably done. Even at his best, the Pats knocked him around so much that he was invisible. Reggie Wayne and Dallas Clark are bigger and stronger.

Pittsburgh's offensive problem yesterday was that all their receivers are little. 3 years ago, when Burress was a Steeler, he torched the Pats (when Pittsburgh ended the winning streak). Put someone like Moss or Muhsin Muhammed (at his best) on the field, and the Pats won't stop him (they couldn't stop Muhammed in the Super Bowl 4 years ago).

Moss (this season) is way, way beyond Marvin Harrison's wildest dreams.

Posted by: jim hamlen at December 10, 2007 3:40 PM

It's hard to stay focussed when you have no peers. The Sox drifted for awhile too before putting the pedal to the metal.

Posted by: oj at December 10, 2007 4:34 PM

Exactly Jim (Hamlen).

Which is why Plax could go for 4 tds and 300 receiving yds vs the Pats in the last week. (If he's not rested for the playoffs that is.)

I can't wait to see the Giants D-line do to the Pats'pass blockers what they did to the Eagles first go around.

Again wisest for the Pats to sit Brady for that one. 15-1 isn't worth anything if you're Yankee-fan QB gets injured causing you to lose in the first round of the playoffs.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at December 10, 2007 9:36 PM

Plax is no Terrel Owens and they Shawshanked him already.

Posted by: oj at December 11, 2007 12:25 AM