An uneasy vacation begins for Patriots

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The New England Patriots' season began with the shock of Tom Brady's knee injury and ended with more bad news: no playoff berth despite an 11-5 record.
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Ivan Lim

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Patriots should be in the Playoffs but even if they did, they probably would've been upset by the Colts or something. It might be better this way because they might get better draft picks
armywife93

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oh boy

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Since: Dec 08

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Dec 31, 2008
 
Every season each team plays each of the other teams in their conference which finished in the same place the prior season. New England finished in first place in '07 in the AFC East, so their schedule this season automatically included Pittsburgh, San Diego, and Indy, the 3 other '07 first place teams in the AFC. The Pats went 0-3 in these games, getting blown out by the Chargers and Steelers and losing a close game in Indy. The Pats other two losses were at home to division foes Miami (another blow out) and the Jets. The Pats finished 11-5, the same record as the Ravens. In my (somewhat biased) opinion, regardless of the tie-breaking rules the Ravens are more deserving of the wildcard. If the Ravens played the Pats, the Baltimore defense would dominate that Pat offense just as the Steelers did. Cassel is not Brady; against a poor defense he can run Bill B's offense and control a game - but against truly strong defenses, Cassel is just another QB. When Brady returns next season the Pats will definately be back.
Real Vermonter

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Dec 31, 2008
 
What you said SteelskinRaven!
wahhhhhh

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I gotta say the AFC East had the easiest schedule I've seen in years... the 4 games against the AFC West and the 4 games against the NFC West, that's like 8 bye-weeks. That's why everyone won 7 or more in the AFC East. The Bills were 7-3 outside the AFC East! 4 of the 5 losses for the Pats were against playoff teams, I believe only 2 wins were against playoff teams (If you want to call Arizona a playoff team) so maybe they don't deserve to be there. I think the Dolphins will get pounded by the Ravens, the AFC East really benefited from an easy non-division schedule.

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Dec 31, 2008
 
wahhhhhh wrote:
I gotta say the AFC East had the easiest schedule I've seen in years... the 4 games against the AFC West and the 4 games against the NFC West, that's like 8 bye-weeks. That's why everyone won 7 or more in the AFC East. The Bills were 7-3 outside the AFC East! 4 of the 5 losses for the Pats were against playoff teams, I believe only 2 wins were against playoff teams (If you want to call Arizona a playoff team) so maybe they don't deserve to be there. I think the Dolphins will get pounded by the Ravens, the AFC East really benefited from an easy non-division schedule.
Very good points. By contrast, the Ravens had to play the NFC East and AFC South; both better than average divisions.
Real Vermonter

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Dec 31, 2008
 
Too complicated for me! LOL!! Happy New Year!
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true and a happy one watching the playoffs at home
patriots are a joke!
Mexico Raiders

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BRADY 2 MOSS wrote:
true and a happy one watching the playoffs at home
patriots are a joke!
agree, simply embarrassing to finish 11-5 and not make the playoffs. compliments the super bowl loss to the giants.

patriots blow, raiders a joke

2003 - 4-12
2004 - 5-11
2005 - 4-12
2006 - 2-14
2007 - 4-12
2008 - 5-11
mike

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SteelskinRaven wrote:
Every season each team plays each of the other teams in their conference which finished in the same place the prior season. New England finished in first place in '07 in the AFC East, so their schedule this season automatically included Pittsburgh, San Diego, and Indy, the 3 other '07 first place teams in the AFC. The Pats went 0-3 in these games, getting blown out by the Chargers and Steelers and losing a close game in Indy. The Pats other two losses were at home to division foes Miami (another blow out) and the Jets. The Pats finished 11-5, the same record as the Ravens. In my (somewhat biased) opinion, regardless of the tie-breaking rules the Ravens are more deserving of the wildcard. If the Ravens played the Pats, the Baltimore defense would dominate that Pat offense just as the Steelers did. Cassel is not Brady; against a poor defense he can run Bill B's offense and control a game - but against truly strong defenses, Cassel is just another QB. When Brady returns next season the Pats will definately be back.
well, the patriots played sandiego very early in the season,cassel improved greatly since that game,in the steelers game which i attended,the patriots should have been up by 10 points at the half,moss dropped an easy touchdown pass,and they missed an easy field goal try, second half turnovers were a joke,that game wasn't as much as a blowout than the score indicated.i think the patriots would have done better in the playoffs than people think.
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Jan 6, 2009
 
SteelskinRaven wrote:
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Very good points. By contrast, the Ravens had to play the NFC East and AFC South; both better than average divisions.
agree, it sucks when you have the likes of the Bengals and Browns to play twice...4 bye weeks.

like the miami dolphins and pats, the ravens too will soon take an uneasy vacation.
Real Vermonter

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Jan 7, 2009
 
wee-tee-kah-wah-tee!
Steve Urkle

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Jan 7, 2009
 
Real Vermonter wrote:
wee-tee-kah-wah-tee!
Noh-lah!
Real Vermonter

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Jan 7, 2009
 
You mean Noh-lah! Noh-lah! Noh-lah! right?
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Jan 7, 2009
 
Real Vermonter wrote:
wee-tee-kah-wah-tee!
how!
Steve Urkle

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Jan 7, 2009
 
Real Vermonter wrote:
You mean Noh-lah! Noh-lah! Noh-lah! right?
Yes, Dah noh-lah!
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Jan 7, 2009
 
LOL!!
11-5 NE blows

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Jan 7, 2009
 
Chads 4 Ints wrote:
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agree, it sucks when you have the likes of the Bengals and Browns to play twice...4 bye weeks.
like the miami dolphins and pats, the ravens too will soon take an uneasy vacation.
true but miami kiched your a.s!
watch and weep!
patriots are a joke!
11-5 and at home in the playoffs?
(LOL)
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And lost in the first round.
As long as DALLAS isn't there. They can't LOSE enough games to suit me!

And that's just what these are. GAMES. Games played by overpaid millionaires.
Some research was done and it is interesting. The typical down lineman has th esame IQ as a typical LAWYER. And the quarterback usually has the IQ at the genius level.
But they are still overpaid millionaires entertaining the rest of us. Will I lose any sleep because the Pats didn't get in? No. I would have liked them to go to the playoffs. But it's not the end of the world.
But I WOULD be upset if Dallas got in. They are the new Raiders. A bunch of misfits trying to play together. That's right, PLAY. Not work, but PLAY a GAME.
BRADY 2 MOSS

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Jan 8, 2009
 
hey we are not a joke! 11-5, what more do you want! last year vs giants? lost but we were there! and we will win another superbowl in five more years!

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