After another huge victory by the Denver Broncos, we just have to start wondering; will this team go undefeated? The Broncos are led by a veteran head coach that has been there, done that, the defense is relentless, especially playing with a lead, and of course, Peyton Manning is the best in the business at cutting through opponents’ defenses like butter.
In the coming days and weeks, the question of whether the Broncos will go unbeaten will get beaten to death. That being the case, and largely since we’ve already addressed that question once here at TGS, I won’t get into the unbeaten talk just yet. In a couple of months, maybe, but not now.
Instead, I thought it would be a better brain exercise to consider how this season’s Broncos would fare against the 2007 Patriots.
For those of you that don’t remember, the 2007 Patriots ran through the NFL season, going 16-0. They breezed through the AFC side of the playoff bracket, but when they were pitted against the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLII, the Giants won the game in the closing minute to drop the Patriots for the first time that year. New England finished with an 18-1 record, losing only the Super Bowl and the Lombardi Trophy.
Even though they lost the big game, that year’s Patriots squad is the measuring stick by which we measure any contemporary team with the label of “great.” Since that year, no team has actually been worthy of being compared to the 2007 Patriots, but this year, the Broncos look like one of the all-time greats.
In a head-to-head game, the Patriots and the Broncos would both have their hands full, but at face value, the Broncos have an advantage. The Patriots had possibly the best offense in the history of the game, but their defense was nothing special. Instead, the Patriots relied on their offense to build huge leads and let their defense capitalize on opponents’ desperation late in games.
This year’s Broncos play a similar game on offense, but even on an off day, their defense would probably keep them in any game. The Patriots, by contrast, never had what could be considered an “off day” in 2007, and that was fortunate for New England because against the right team, it would have been a tough loss.
Obviously, there’s no way to ever know which team is truly better. The 2007 Patriots will be forever considered one of the best teams in NFL history, even though they didn’t win the Super Bowl. That’s a trap the Broncos will be trying to avoid in early 2014, but right now, this Broncos team looks every bit as great as that Patriots squad. Are the Broncos the best team in NFL history? Maybe, but that debate is for another time. Would this year’s Broncos beat the 2007 Patriots? Who knows, but that’s one game I would pay my right leg just to see.
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I apologize. That was a bit harsh.
Can't we agree that our doing the right thing should be motivated simply by our innate knowledge that right is better than wrong, just better than unjust, and good better than bad? I honestly am afraid that we are reliant on our police state. I'd hope we'd do the right thing because it's the right thing; but, I know as a society we increasingly doing the right thing because we're afraid of getting caught and punished.
Nobody is clean and clear because he got caught and did the time. You've lost your humanity if you know you did wrong and were bereft of your sense of shame.
Belichek was wrong and we know it's not a big asterisk( by his name; he didn't release Sarin gas into Gillette stadium. We also know he's brilliant and could have done it without cheating. But he cheated and he earned that teeny tiny asterisk by his name....He earned it forever. It's his shame.
Shame should be allowed it's immortality. When you take easy over right you risk your name, not just the moment they get caught. Not just the moment you pay your fine. If I ever cross paths with Lance Armstrong or Mark McGwire, I won't say anything, but they'll know I know and they should be ashamed.
I hate that we have no personal shame in this country anymore. I know it doesn't count, but II was ashamed for you when I read your post. I'm ashamed that you're only angry when you read this..
Don't forget that it helps tremendously to gameplan for a team when you've videotaped their practices. That Patriots team wouldn't have been that good if they weren't cheating.
My argument is this: The media realizes that making viewers/readers polarized creates drama and increases ratings/sales. The "Spygate" scandal was blown up by the media because of this and now everyone thinks the Patriots cheated.They broke a rule. While cheating is breaking the rules, breaking the rules is not always cheating.
The fact that they were filming was not against the rules. The location they were filming from was.
If you need proof read this from 2006 (PRIOR TO THE SPYGATE INCIDENT):
(if that link doesn't show just google "Dolphins did no wrong vs patriots" from 2006)
The footage was not used for any in-game advantage. Even if you don't believe the commissioner's claim about that, it would be basically impossible to sift through all the footage during the rest of the game to get an in-game advantage.
I don't have much to disagree with in your post. I'm trying to get the point across that what they did wasn't against the rules, it was how they did it. The NFL (and specifically the AFC East in the years preceding that incident) has been stealing each other's signals. That is why coaches cover their mouths when they call the plays. As I linked to earlier, the Dolphin's had an incident very similar to this the year before but they obtained the footage without violating the rule for where to film - which just so happened to be a brand new rule put in place before the 2007 season.
It does upset me that this even happened in the first place, but with a better understanding of the RULES I no longer freak out over it. If there was in fact actual, factual evidence that PROVED the Patriots actually cheated in that season or in any other I would be very upset.
Don't forget that the 15 weeks of the 2007 season happened AFTER that whole scandal. Pull your head out. Every team breaks rules in every single game. A holding penalty is a way of gaining a "competitive advantage". You get caught you get punished. They did the crime they did the time and still swept the regular season. End of story. Go cry somewhere else.
@concretejimmy @magneticperson @MatthewShellenberger For shame, Mr. Slime Magnet. I hope you're not a father, mentor, nor human being. That said, you should apologize to whatever species you slither and hail from.
I wonder if you commit insurance fraud, "because it's there".
A system is only as strong as the people trying to game that system, requiring another layer of system to thwart the gamers. Your lack of ethics would have you cheat on an exam at any institution hapless enough to have an honor system and your lack of honor juxtaposed, When we meet, I'll have peppered your meal with excrement to sicken you and seek advantage to gain from you anything I covet.
If you ever hear yourself utter aloud the wasteful nature of our government bureaucracy, I hope you know, sir, that you are that waste.