We all know the story of the 2007 New England Patriots.
They steamrolled through everyone on their schedule and wound up in the Super Bowl against the 9-7 New York Giants, and lost. 18-1.
Sorry Patriots fans, but I had to remind everyone just so I could get to the best part. As a Pats fan myself, I do believe this 2015 Patriots team can accomplish what the 2007 team couldn't and that's perfection. It's nearly impossible to be perfect but, this team might be able to do it.
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Lots of players have come and gone through the years, but there have always been two constants in Foxboro. Brady and Belichick.
As long as New England has those two, they'll be just fine. During the 2007 season, Tom Brady broke the record for most passing touchdowns in a season with 50. The previous record was 49 set by Peyton Manning. This season, Brady is on pace to break the record yet again with 56.
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The record now stands at 55 held by, Peyton Manning. Brady is also on pace to break the record for most passing yards in a season (6,032). The current record is held by Peyton Manning with 5,477.
The 2007 team was just pure talent. They didn't really have a specific motive to dominate, they just did.
The 2015 Patriots do indeed have a motive, oh yes. That motive is to slap the NFL in the face, by winning their fifth Super Bowl title. All the Patriots need their guys to do is their job. Nothing else, control what you can control and the rest will take care of itself.
The Patriots have outscored their opponents 119-70 in their first three games of the 2015 season, a 49 point differential, good enough for second in the NFL behind the Arizona Cardinals. In 2007, the Patriots outscored their opponents through the first three games 114-35.
One thing that both the 2007 and 2015 teams both have in common is confidence. That's evident in the way they've been playing throughout the first three games.
Brady stayed on the field in the fourth quarter of a 51-17 win over Jacksonville last Sunday. The Patriots scored every single time they had the ball but had to settle for two field goals in the red area early. I
t's not like that really mattered though as New England stomped their way to 3-0 for the ninth time in franchise history. All of them in the Brady/Belichick era. Trust me folks this is certainly not a coincidence.
Class of 2015
There has been a lot of media discussion as to which duo you'd rather have on your team. Randy Moss and Wes Welker? Or Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman. Seriously? Is that even a question?
The answer is Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman and if it's not, then you don't watch enough football. Sure, Moss and Welker had their bright spots, but Julian Edelman didn't manage to drop the most important pass in his Super Bowl now did he.
There is nobody on this planet that can guard Rob Gronkowski one on one. Like Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan said last week, you'd need King Kong to cover him. Maybe he couldn't even stop Gronk.
He's everything and more you could want in a tight end. Whether its run blocking, getting open downfield, or drawing defenders his way, he's the best in the business.
Even though the scoreboard hasn't always showed the Patriots' dominance, if you've watched their games, you'll know what I'm talking about.
This Patriots team certainly has all the tools and potential in the world but, only time will tell if this team has what it takes to be perfect.