NFL Inquest, Patriots Who? Edition
— Yes, the Patriots were running up the score, and yes it was a low-class move. This is news to who, exactly?
I was dead wrong in my prediction about the Redskins, but in fairness you have to grant that I didn’t know at the time they’d be without both starting corners for most of the game. I think pretty much any team in that position will struggle to hold the Pats under forty.
— The Steelers have not yet staked a claim as the class of the AFC North, but they’re close. Which means that this week’s game against the Ravens has as many postseason implications as any game in week nine possibly could.
The Ravens have a chance to take this one, but it’s just that: a chance. I put the odds at about 60-40 for the Steelers, but if the Ravens somehow do manage a win then we need to completely rethink our collective read on this team.
At the same token…they also have to watch their back for the Browns. Yup, the Browns. One Monday night game will find Billick’s boys either claiming a share of the division lead or scrambling with Cleveland to avoid a third-place finish. Weird.
— Look out for the Packers, man. Hell of a win last night.
— And, of course, there’s this Sunday’s Patriots–Colts tilt — a game I’m not sure I could possibly care less about. I try to avoid talking about things that are being talked about everywhere else, but I can’t really get away with not at least mentioning this, so here you go.
My sense is that the Colts will find a way to pull it out, but I’m not feeling any great conviction. What I’d really like to see is for Tom Brady to sprain an ankle and miss three or four weeks. Then we’d finally get a feel for just how good the 07 Patriots really are.