The Patriots are not that good. Just as the Red Sox were not that good. Too much has happened to the New England football team. Too many subtractions. Too many injuries. Too many close games and comebacks generated by stupid and scared opponents. This New England team is artificially inflated by a terrible division and not built for playoff success.Among those takeaways: The Cincinnati Bengals are 'tomato cans', former Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano is 'Belichick’s favorite pigeon', and it will be hard for the Patriots to win in Denver.
Maybe the Patriots can ride these doubts all the way to the Meadowlands, all the way down Boylston Street in February.
Here are some takeaways from watching 15 hours (including pregame and postgame programming) of football Sunday . . .
Incisive analysis like this is why Shank gets the big bucks...