So I was lurking a little today (on http://www.patriotsplanet.com/BB/showthread.php?t=65265), and in a discussion on this week's game there was only one Pats fan (midgar8784) who really gave us any credit. He constantly was defending our D, and telling everyone they were crazy to think this game was a slam dunk Patriot win. These comments, in particular, cracked me up though:
"come on folks I can't be worried about one game? Seattle just freaks me out when they play at home....I saw them just take Dallas's manhood when they played them, I have never seen anything like that, it was scary...it was like 2004 Patriots 20-3 playoff game against colts scary."
"They sacked the best Qb in football....8 times...in the first half!"
"I am not so much worried about our D containing their offense, but I just do not see NE moving the ball against them very much...I am not sure how many games you guys have seen of Seattle but its pretty scary and its even more scary when they are at home."
"Seattle rushes the passer as well as any team in football, and I am not sure dropping back that many times is going to work well. In 2006 the vikes were first in the league against the run, which is why we did so much passing that game, they did not have a very good pass rush, but their D line was great and stopping the run. I believe if we try to use that gameplan in this game, I hope Mallet has been watching closely because he is coming in with a confused look on his face in the second quarter after Brady is carried off. "
"i was thinking from a standpoint of matchups, and its not negative, its fear...some games I feel better about than others...I think it was when I watched Seattle take apart Dallas like anything I have ever seen, and yes I know Dallas is not as good as the patriots and all that, but I have never seen a team just flat out own a team that bad and it was more than the score, they beat dallas at every position...they are a different breed at home, its not about the noise, its just odd stuff...hard to explain. If this game were in Foxboro or even a neutral site, I would say, no issue, but they have some kind of force that unleashes at that stadium."
This is one of the other Poster's response:
"You've got to snap out of it, Mid.
I've never seen you be so damn negative before. I wasn't even sure if you were being sarcastic or not, but you've gone right around the bend based on 5 games.
I'm not saying they suck. They don't suck, but that isn't enough of a sample to pull out the completely ridiculous '85 Bears analogy.
Do you not believe in your man? How many "great" defenses has he trashed in his career? He's psyched to be going to play in, I think, the only stadium in the league he hasn't played before. He LIVES for this stuff-- to show people who he is and fly home with his boys like bosses. Like kings.
He's going to walk in there like he owns the joint and the coaching staff will have Pete's bunch checkmated by the end of the first half.
The 'Hawks are nothing more than the latest new kid in town who ends up wondering what happened."
I have a feeling Mid is going to be able to hand out quite a few "I told you so's come Sunday afternoon.