That’s the only thing that matters when it comes to your favorite professional football team, the New England Patriots, which dropped to 5-2 after another debilitating loss in the Meadowlands to the N.Y. Jets (all losses to the Jets in New Jersey are debilitating), 30-27.
But the result and impending “L” doesn’t really matter.
And while the Patriots blew an opportunity to blow away the field in the AFC East division (Miami is now 3-4 after a 3-0 start and the Jets could have been 3-4 if the Pats won yesterday), they really only put off the inevitable.
Does anyone really believe the Jets are going to finally beat the Patriots for a division title? Didn’t think so.
So let the Jets and Rex Ryan have their day. They deserve major kudos for turning a loss into a win, but messing with Tom Brady’s head, sending some blitzing linebackers and sometimes dropping nine defenders in coverage.
We’ve seen this side of Brady a little too much in 2013, but it shouldn’t be a surprise. The exchanging of Danny Amendola for Wes Welker hasn’t come close to working and the young wide receivers don’t understand this complex offense.
But that’s OK, because for many years now Brady has been clicking on all cylinders from September through December, only to blow gasket in January.
We have learned that 11-5 isn’t necessarily a bad thing any more. Playing on Wild Card weekend, while not preferred because of bruised bodies, is as easy a course to the Super Bowl as it is with the bye.
The Patriots have lost way too many guys that matter, with a recently-nicked up Aqib Talib topping the list. He is special. The other guys, including Jerod Mayo and Vince Wilfork will be replaced by schemes and backups. The big problems will arise if their replacements are hurt for an extended time.