My town’s casino just legalized sports gambling, and the local paper ran a story about this guy who was one of the first people to place a bet.
He bet $10,000 on the Patriots.
El. Oh. El.
And he's a Steelers fan too.
I was literally just thinking about this. I was hoping the Pats would lose, not just because I'm a Steelers fan, but if you can't think of anything better to do with $10,000, than you deserve to lose it.
Post by Push Val Venis was wrong on Dec 17, 2018 10:32:31 GMT -5
Rams don't feel like a team that can overcome "playoff defense". I feel the same with the Chiefs. The only two offensive juggernauts that I think CAN overcome playoff defense are the Chargers and Saints... and never bet on Rivers to play 3 great games in a row.
I'm really thinking the 4 most likely teams in the Superbowl are Pats-Saints-Bears-Houston. Steelers and Vikings have the talent to do it but lack something mental, them missing the playoffs and making it to the Superbowl are both possible.
Rams/Chiefs/Cowboys feel like traditional "lose their first playoff game" sorta teams.
That’s why it’s hard for me to get too frustrated about today’s loss. The realization has set in that the Patriots may win a game or two in the playoffs, but they’re probably not going to the Super Bowl and they’re definitely not winning the championship.
It’s just not their year. The talent isn’t there on either side of the ball, the defense looks slow and plodding, and the skill position players are letting down Tom Brady just as his age is starting to show. They’ll go 11-5 and win the AFC East, but it’s not going to be a long January for the Patriots this season.
Yeah, I think it's the twilight of the Patriots Empire. Thing is there may not be a team that gets to that level of dominance for a long time, if ever.
A point that I've been making is that this year doesn't have to represent the so-called end of the Patriots dynasty. But what they need to do next spring is hit a home run with their 2019 draft class. The 2018 season in many ways resembles the 2009 season, when the Patriots were a little long in the tooth, overly reliant on veteran talent because of a few consecutive misses in the draft, were unable to replace talented veterans who either retired or were traded, and they stumbled to a 10-6 season and a first-round elimination in the playoffs.
In many ways, that year was the end of the first wave of the Patriots dynasty. The only remnants connected the 2001-04 championship teams to the 2009 squad were the likes of Tom Brady, Kevin Faulk, and Matt Light. The second wave of the dynasty (2010 to present) was made possible because they restocked the cupboard through four straight solid draft classes, selecting valuable, talented players such as Devin McCourty, Rob Gronkowski, Brandon Spikes, Aaron Hernandez, Zoltan Mesko, Nate Solder, Shane Vereen, Stevan Ridley, Marcus Cannon, Chandler Jones, Dont'a Hightower, Jamie Collins, Logan Ryan, and Duron Harmon. Through those four years of drafting (2010 through 2013), they were able to completely revamp their core and that led to two Super Bowl championships and four Super Bowl appearances in eight seasons.
But lately, they've whiffed on their draft classes and that's why the end of the dynasty seems to be nearing. From the 2014 draft through 2018, they've selected 42 players, but only nine continue to still make contributions to the roster - Malcom Brown, James White, Trey Flowers, Shaq Mason, Joe Thuney, Elandon Roberts, Deatrich Wise Jr., and Sony Michel - and even then, guys like Brown, Roberts, and Wise Jr. are fringe contributors.
The next two draft classes are crucial for the Patriots, because if they don't restock their core talent for the future, then that - more than Tom Brady's age or Rob Gronkowski's physical limitations - will be the reason the dynasty officially comes to an end. If they hit, they'll be able to roll along as if nothing's amiss. But if they whiff like they did this year, selecting nine players but only getting production out of one, then the end of the road is going to draw closer.