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Patriots Aren't on Easy Street

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by sdbound, May 21, 2008.

  1. sdbound

    sdbound Well-Known Member

    Jul 21, 2006
    It almost seems unfair -- the 18-1 Patriots enter the new season with the easiest schedule. But looks can be deceiving. AOL's John Schaefer shows why New England's road might not be so smooth in his springtime NFL Power Rankings.


    This sure seems like a good time to be a New England Patriots fan.

    What's that you say about a certain Super Bowl shocker and the lingering stench of Spygate? Eh, those are like pimples on the foot of Gisele Bundchen. A glance at the 2008 Patriots schedule makes any concern about those trifles fade away.

    For you see, the defending AFC champion Patriots -- the once-in-the-history-of-the-NFL 16-0 Patriots -- have the easiest schedule of any team in 2008. Now how in the name of Pete Rozelle and all who stand for parity in sports could such a monstrosity occur? Well, when you play a quarter of your games against the 1-15 Dolphins and 4-12 Jets, that's how.

    But before we start mapping out the post-Super Bowl victory parade route through Beantown, remember one fact: Since 2002, only one team that has gone into a season with the easiest schedule based on last year's opponents' records has made the playoffs. That lone club was the 2003 Seahawks.

    Let's not go crazy with that fact and start dreaming about the demise of the NFL's Evil Empire. It would be a rather large surprise if New England wasn't playing in January yet again. But football fans also shouldn't be expecting another joy ride through the regular season for the Patriots. Teams' fortunes have a way of changing quickly in the NFL, and the Pats are more likely to finish with 10 wins in 2008 than 16, or even 15.

    As for which team stands as the best entering the new campaign, the Patriots certainly would be a logical choice. But there's another club that's poised to step forward, ahead of the Pats and the champion Giants, and become the elite of the league.

    NFL's Top 12

    12. Seahawks | Last Year: 10-6
    New running back Julius Jones will help give departing coach Mike Holmgren another NFC West title as a going-away present.

    11. Browns | Last Year: 10-6
    After narrowly missing the playoffs last year, Cleveland will return to the postseason in '08 as Derek Anderson proves that he isn't a one-year wonder.

    10. Packers | Last Year: 13-3
    Green Bay is good, but not as good as last year's gaudy record would suggest. There will be some growing pains for new QB Aaron Rodgers.

    9. Vikings | Last Year: 8-8
    Minnesota will continue its upward trend and nose out the Pack in a tight NFC North race. The difference? The Vikings have the best player in the division -- Adrian Peterson.

    8. Saints | Last Year: 7-9
    There are no more excuses for Reggie Bush. Look for him to shed his inconsistency and to finally become a force. But the Saints' return to the top of the NFC South will be driven by an improved defense.

    7. Giants | Last Year: 10-6
    Yes, they are the champs. But they also were a wild-card team that only scored 22 more points than they allowed in '07.

    6. Steelers | Last Year: 10-6
    Ben Roethlisberger has a fat new contract to live up to. The schedule looks imposing now, but it probably will turn out to be easier than it seems by the time the season is over.

    5. Colts | Last Year: 13-3
    There's still Peyton Manning and a lot of other good players here. But lingering injury concerns and the uncertain Marvin Harrison situation show that there are cracks in the ice.

    4. Jaguars | Last Year: 11-5
    The Jags finished 2007 as one of the NFL's hottest teams. The momentum will carry over into this season. Maurice Jones-Drew might prove to be the league's Most Valuable Player.

    3. Cowboys | Last Year: 13-3
    Another playoff disappointment led to some big changes in the offseason. But the Dallas season still hinges on Tony Romo. He needs to play better in big games for the Cowboys to take the next step.

    2. Patriots | Last Year: 16-0
    New England won't reach the same perfect heights of last year. Not that the Pats care -- their focus is on winning the biggest game of all in Tampa on Feb. 1.


    1. Chargers | Last Year: 11-5
    Why is San Diego No. 1? They finished last year strong and should post a gaudy record thanks to its weak division. The only question is, can the Bolts finally break through in the playoffs?
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  2. Buck Melanoma

    Buck Melanoma Guest

    Why yes, I believe that they can & will in 2008. :abq2:
  3. Boltdiehard

    Boltdiehard Well-Known Member

    Jan 5, 2006
    This is our year and it's time. :yes: :bolt:
  4. BlueandGold

    BlueandGold The Oracle

    May 22, 2006

    This is the Year of the Bolt. :bolt:

    BOLTS4LIFE Banned Banned

    Oct 13, 2006
    Anything less than winning the whole thing this season is a failure!!!
  6. Ride The Lightning

    Ride The Lightning Join the Dark Side, we have cookies.

    Aug 15, 2006
  7. WyomingBoltFan

    WyomingBoltFan Well-Known Member

    Dec 9, 2007
    I totally agree!!! The Patriots had a great season last year, but IMO they are failures because of the SB loss.
  8. TheLash

    TheLash Well-Known Member

    Aug 8, 2006
    well, that and that they are c*cks*cking cheaters:tdown:
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