Remember now, these are the Pats, who disregard individual honors, but always seem to use that, "we got stiffed in the Pro Bowl, too," as a rallying cry come playoff time.
Last year, the Pats had Richard Seymour voted in and Matt Light sent as a late injury replacement.
Meanwhile, the Chargers sent 10 players to the game, and that didn't include Philip Rivers, who was voted in but didn't play due to injury.
You all remember the Chargers. The Pats, only weeks earlier, had rolled into Qualcomm Stadium and knocked them out of the playoffs.
But this is a new year. The Pats are putting up 41.1 points a game and beating the opposition by 25.4 points a night.
Might as just well charter the Pats' team plane from Phoenix to Honolulu, straight from Super Bowl XLII to the Pro Bowl, right?
The answer, of course, is no.
In fact, the Pats, perfect or not, will again be stiffed this year, not out of some "spygate" reverberations or jealousy. Even unbeaten and untested, the Pats still lack star power.
If the season ended today, New England would be looking at six starters, tops.
Tom Brady - He's the AFC Offensive MVP.
Randy Moss - The runner-up to Brady.
Vince Wilfork - The torch has been passed from Casey Hampton.
Mike Vrabel - Has the smile and the 8.5 sacks.
Asante Samuel - Finally breaks through the Champ Bailey clique.
Matt Light - Indy's Tarik Glenn is retired, Cincinnati's Willie Anderson is out for the year, and Jonathan Ogden needs a little help.
Think about that for a minute. San Diego had 11 guys in the game and they certainly were not everybody's far-and-away champion.
These are the 2007 Pats, so perfect and so dominant that one on-line casino is putting out Super Bowl lines between the Pats and the NFC's possibles.
New England is a 15.5-point favorite if it faces Dallas, 17 if it takes on Green Bay, 20 against Seattle and 22.5 vs. the field.
Who will be wronged? Let's take them one at a time.
Pro Bowl pros - Third in the AFC with 61 catches. Seven TDs is a huge number for a possession guy.
Pro Bowl cons - Too many big guns that are flat-out better. Moss, Reggie Wayne, Chad Johnson, Braylon Edwards, etc. Need someone to commiserate, call T.J. Houshmandzadeh, who's caught 68 balls, averages a yard more per catch and has scored 10 TDs.
Pro Bowl pros - Came in to camp in the best shape of his life and has played like it.
Pro Bowl cons - Too many names like Jeff Saturday and Nick Hardwick in front of him.
Logan Mankins and Stephen Neal
Pro Bowl pros - Again, very good guards who've kept Tom Brady absolutely clean.
Pro Bowl cons - Have done little to break the fraternity of perennial All-Pros like Pittsburgh's Alan Faneca.
Pro Bowl pros - Played like a Pro Bowler in 2006.
Pro Bowl cons - Where has he been lately, statistically? Has just 28 tackles and two sacks.
Pro Bowl pros - Reputation.
Pro Bowl cons - Hasn't played like real Big Sey yet.
Pro Bowl pros - Has made an impact since Week 1.
Pro Bowl cons - What does he go as, a defensive end, outside backer, middle linebacker? The man has no position.
Junior Seau, Tedy Bruschi, Rosie Colvin
Pro Bowl pros - All three are feel-good stories.
Pro Bowl cons - They are three very nice role players.
Pro Bowl pros - Playing some of the best football in his career.
Pro Bowl cons - Reputation took hit with drug suspension.
Pro Bowl pros - Pats special teams are once again special.
Pro Bowl cons - Usually this spot goes to some coach's pet, and the Pats don't have a lot of friends around the league right now.
Pro Bowl pros - He's quietly become one of the best money kickers in the biz.
Pro Bowl cons - Wait your turn.
Hector Longo is an Eagle-Tribune sportswriter. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.