Chargers TDs: ZEROChargers second half points: 3It is because the Rams were a much better team than the Patriots were, and would have beat them probably 8 times in 10. That Patriots team was one of the weakest Super Bowl champs of all time. This Patriots team is on pace for a perfect season, but that doesn't mean they are playing at the level they were. They peaked in the middle of the year and since October they haven't been the dominant team they were early on. First 8 games, record setting. Last 8 games.... 4 wins by 3 or 4 points, including 2 against mediocre teams. Only 1 dominating performance against a good team. Playoffs not any different. Good playoff wins, but far from exceptional. They haven't come close to dominating their playoff opponents, and certainly not close to what the other teams commonly mentioned in the greatest teams of all time discussions did, who all peaked for the playoffs and destroyed every team they faced in them.The Patriots right now are not playing like the team that got everyone to start talking about them as a potential greatest of all time. They are playing like the team that only beat this same Giants team by 3 at home. The Giants are peaking now and the Patriots have regressed from where they were back in October. Or if not regressed, they have let other teams narrow the gap. Are the Pats the better team? Sure they are. Even if the Giants win the Super Bowl, the Pats are the better team, it would just mean they lost, just like the Rams were the better team than the Pats even though they lost.Is it only because we know how unbeliveably talented the Patriots are this time? I think that Rams/Patriots SB was just a case of us not truly knowing how incredibly talented Brady and Coach B were (and conversely how intensely overrated Mike Martz and Kurt Warner were).Are there any thoughts that Eli Manning will reach Tom Brady status within the next 10 years?I also agree the Patriots beating the Rams was a bigger upset than this would be.
I'm just saying that the appearent talent disparity between the Rams and the Patriots that year was an illusion. Tom Brady really was better than Kurt Warner. No such scenario exists for this game, which is why I would make it number one on the all-time upset list.
But the Pats aren't nearly as far ahead of the Giants as people like to think who are treating the Pats like they are still playing at the level they did in the first half of the season. Because they haven't played that way in 2.5 months, most weeks since they've just played well enough to get by with a win.
Jaguars second half points: 6
Brady's completion percentage vs Jags: highest in any NFL game ever played.
In the ultimate of ironies, the team that was villified for running up the score during the regular season is now belittled for failing to do so in the post season.
You comments about the Giants peaking and Pats regressing seem to imply you're ready to put some money down on the Giants; correct?