Pats Dominanace Good For NFL

Discussion in 'New England Patriots' started by TDJets72027, Nov 21, 2007.

  1. TDJets72027

    TDJets72027 Rex Ryan baby

    Someone recently asked if I thought the New England Patriots' dominance was bad for the NFL.
    The questioner said it was, pointing out that the likelihood of the Patriots cruising to a fourth Super Bowl crown left fans of 31 teams with nothing to look forward to between now and February.
    I disagree.
    Here are five reasons why the Pats' otherworldly performance is a very good thing for the league:
    1. As football fans, we all appreciate the chance to witness history in the making. The Patriots certainly look as if they will, indeed, go 19-0, and that's something a lot of us are going to say (even if only to ourselves) we were happy to have seen in our lifetime.

    [​IMG]Rick Stewart / Getty ImagesTom Brady is making a run at the NFL record book, and that has the Patriots quarterback being mentioned among the all-time greats. I had no special rooting interest in the 1972 Miami Dolphins, but I love remembering the chance to watch that perfect season unfold as a young NFL fan just as I loved having watched the Steelers, Cowboys and 49ers dynasties. It made for a regular topic of conversation with my friends; you were required to know something about all of them or you couldn't call yourself a true NFL fan. The Patriots' 10-0 season is having the same impact, but on a much larger scale because the NFL is so much more popular than it was then and because computers and cell phones give us so many more ways to converse.
    2. As football fans, we appreciate seeing the game played exceptionally well. The mere fact there's a legitimate comparison to be made between Tom Brady and the greatest quarterbacks in the game's history is, by itself, remarkable. How often have you heard others provide vivid descriptions about Johnny Unitas or Joe Montana or Dan Marino or John Elway, and regret not being around or being too young to have watched what all the fuss was about for yourself. Brady is providing that chance for a new generation of fans, as well as those of us who can make comparisons to days gone by.
    3. As football fans, you need a team you love to hate almost as much as you need one you love to love.
    4. As a fan of another AFC team, you're right to feel discouraged about your chances of seeing that club reach the Super Bowl. However, you're still going to root for your club's chances to reach the playoffs. And if football history has taught us anything, something crazy can always happen in the postseason. Regardless of what the Patriots do through the balance of the regular season, they still have to play a minimum of two extra games for a chance to win it all.
    5. As a fan of an NFC team, you're feeling that that there is no unstoppable force to prevent your club from reaching the Super Bowl (although the Cowboys or Packers could have us rethinking that). And you know you want your crack at the Patriots on the biggest stage of them all.
    In short, having the Patriots around gives us plenty of reasons to love this game more than ever.
    Monday night takes

    Jay Cutler took a major step forward with his performance against the Titans. He clearly relished the opportunity to shine on a national stage, throwing the ball effectively and efficiently. The Broncos needed Cutler at his very best to seize the opportunity to grab a piece of first place in the AFC West, and he was. He looked as poised and as confident as he has in his young career. Cutler is capable of leading the Broncos on a run to win the wide-open division. At the very least, he is going to keep them in strong contention for a wild-card spot.
    The rest of the Broncos' schedule looks favorable for a successful march into the postseason. None of Denver's remaining opponents has a winning record. Who else, besides Cutler, has a chance to come up big for this team down the stretch? How can one not be impressed with the receiver duo of Brandon Stokley and Brandon Marshall. Stokley is a superb route-runner who always seems to find the hole in an opponent's coverage and has the athletic ability to make something happen after the catch. Marshall is a big, strong, athletic target. And Jevon Walker seems close to returning after undergoing knee surgery. Also, there is the Broncos' endless supply of running backs to consider. Even if they don't have Travis Henry (who has been injured and faces a possible year-long suspension) or Selvin Young (who left the Tennessee game with a sore knee), they can always turn to Andre Hall, who wound up averaging 12.7 yards on seven carries (with one going for a 62-yard touchdown).
    Vince Young is a better passer than his season numbers reflect. It would be nice if his receivers could hang onto more of his throws. Young has a good, accurate arm and shows good awareness in the pocket. Despite his two fourth-quarter interceptions, he makes mostly good decisions with where to go with the football. And Young's ability to run for 74 rushing yards and a touchdown on top of his career-best 305 passing yards and scoring throw continue to give him a dimension that makes him one of the most dynamic players in the game.
    It's an understatement to say the Titans' defense isn't the same without injured Albert Haynesworth anchoring the middle of their line. But that doesn't excuse all of Tennessee's many missed tackles. The Titans are supposed to have one of the better defenses in the league, and they didn't come close to playing that way. They did their share to make the Broncos offense look a little better than it truly is. Even with the Bengals struggling as much as they are, the Titans can't expect to get away with another defensive clunker in Cincinnati in Week 12.