I tried to keep away from the boring counter-argument, but I couldn't any longer. The Patriots are chomping at the history books and millions of people can't handle the truth.
But I'll give it to them any way.
Here are the 10 reasons why the Patriots are, or make that aren't running up the score:
1. Football coaches are like whales.
Bill Belichick is smarter than Ahab of "Moby Dick" fame. He knows NFL coaches never, ever forget. If he were truly trying to embarrass the other team, hence the other head coach, he would never be forgiven.
2. Randy Moss can't be stopped.
Let's be honest. This guy has changed everything. Tom Brady went from a probable "Hall of Famer" to the "best of all-time" in a just a few short months. Teams have tried double- and even triple-coverage, but to no avail. This is not the Patriots' problem. If he isn't slowed down, then these claims will probably continue.
3. Wes Welker can't be stopped either.
If Moss is covered, which happens from time to time, Welker is usually open. Welker's season (third in catches with 67; tied for sixth with 7 TDs) has been overlooked. Moss is grace, Welker is quickness. Welker has fed off teams focusing on Moss and would be a No. 1 on almost every other team.
Welker is more of a move-the-chains receiver. Apparently, it is impossible to double-team two receivers.
4. Offensive line might be the MVPs of the team.
The untold story of this season's success is the protection Brady has received. While Drew Brees has been sacked two fewer times than Brady (8 vs. 10), make no mistake about the time the Patriots QB has had to find receivers. It is unprecedented.
Brady, who is noted for finding time in the pocket, has received very little pressure. He has not been sacked in half of the games the Patriots have played. Center Dan Koppen, right guard Nick Kaczur, right tackle Stephen Neal, left guard Logan Mankins and left tackle Matt Light have allowed Brady to be the league MVP. Blame them for blowouts as much as anybody.
5. Players want and need to play 60 minutes.
Tom Brady said it best yesterday on WEEI: "Sunday is the day you live for in the NFL, and I want to play."
What happens if you take "key" players out of the game after three quarters? They don't get in four-quarter shape, which means they might not be there physically or mentally for the one or two times they do get pushed.
If we were talking one or two games, fine, take them out. But what happens when, like the Patriots, eight out of 10 games are over at halftime? What do you get out of handing the ball to an unknown running back into the middle of the line? Nothing.
6. Pats are too good for the league.
This is the problem. The Patriots are playing at one level, which is two levels above most NFL teams. The Patriots are dominating nearly every game from the opening kick. Brady and Moss just happen to make it look so embarrassingly easy.
The funny thing is that this was supposed to be the best NFL season, with several AFC teams having a shot at the throne. But San Diego, Cincinnati and Denver have been frauds. And the other teams are simply good, which is light years from what the Patriots are.
7. The defense is better than people think.
Here's a novel approach: Score on the Patriots. If teams would run and pass the ball better, maybe Brady & Co. on offense wouldn't be as nasty. The problem might be that while the offense earns the headlines for "embarrassing" the opponent, the defense is just as dominating.
The defense has allowed the third fewest points in the league (Steelers, 145; Buccaneers, 151; Patriots, 157). If they weren't so good, these games might be a few touchdowns closer in the fourth quarter, hence, no running up the score.
8. The Patriots are playing possessed.
People say it's "spygate," but I disagree. The Patriots started these blowouts on opening day, jumping ahead of the Jets 28-7 midway through the third quarter and haven't looked back. They added three premier receivers and the prize of free agency, Adalius Thomas, on defense. All of the newbies came here to win a championship, including and especially Moss. When your best players are possessed, it seems to filter down to the masses.
9. The running game is the Pats' weakness.
Why don't the Patriots run the football with a five-touchdown lead? Because they're not that great at it, that's why. Also, running the football when the other team knows you are going to do it leads to injuries. The Patriots are not a power-running team. They are a pass-first offense, running more in a sneaky way. Is this so hard to understand?
10. Tom Brady is having the best season ever.
Brady is not great anymore. He is the best ... ever ... at least through 10 games. Brady happens to have a mind made for his position.
He knows where everyone is supposed to be and he's cool enough under pressure to wait until they get open (Remember Drew Bledsoe's happy-feet with too much time in the pocket?) When you add in Moss, Welker and the offensive line to what Brady already brings to the table, well, it's unfair.
The bottom line is this. The Patriots are probably going to score 40 points or more every week. And in the fourth quarter, Brady will probably throw the ball with a big lead. Those are facts. Quit complaining and deal with it because it doesn't appear it's going to change.
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