Can the Patriots Go Undefeated?

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) is surrounded by media as he takes their questions while standing in front of his locker

Only 6 weeks into the NFL season and the talk is already starting. Can the Patriots go undefeated? Never mind the fact that there is still one other undefeated team out there, never mind the fact we are only 6 games into the regular season which isn’t even at the halfway mark. We want to know now whether or not the Patriots can go undefeated, a feat that has only been accomplished once when the 1972 Miami Dolphins did it with a shorter season.

This New England Patriots team has got to be one of the most remarkable teams ever to be created. They are even better now than they were when they won their first three Super Bowls. While many people like to point out that their core is still the same group of guys, I tend to disagree slightly. Yes, Bruschi is still there, yes we all know about Tom Brady, and no one can forget about Bill Belichick. Let’s face it though, that’s only three guys. They now have four wide receivers Randy Moss, Dante Stallworth, Wes Welker, oh yeah and lets not forget Ben Watson. A few years ago there was absolutely no star power on the New England Patriots, now every where you look you see a star. Has anyone seen Junior Seau lately? I’ll say it again, this is a really remarkable team. Not because of how many stars they have though, but because they have this many stars in the salary cap era.

That said, it would be presumptuous to assume that the New England Patriots will go undefeated just 6 games into their schedule. We all know that last week featured two equally 5-0 teams, but hasn’t it been said all along that the NFC is the weaker division? No need to take that back now since the Patriots won against the Cowboys. There is still the Colts to play. Shouldn’t they, the reining Super Bowl Champs, have something to say about that? For that matter, shouldn’t the AFC’s top ranked defense be allowed to have something to say about that? And by top ranked defense I mean, of course, the Pittsburgh Steelers. Certainly the Steelers would love to grab the first loss from New England since New England did happen to grab Ben Roethlisberger’s first loss a few years ago on their way to their 3rd Super Bowl in 4 years. It would be fitting right?

What I am really trying to say here is, that it’s way too early to start calling for a team to go undefeated. There is still a lot of football to be played, and we are only a little more than a quarter of the way through the season. Let’s not speculate as to whether or not the New England Patriots are going to put up the longest winning streak in NFL history, not when there is still another club out there who is also undefeated and has been very close to the same record so many more times than the New England Patriots. Keep in mind, that even if New England does manage to lose a game, they’ll still likely be the best team in the NFL.


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