Current New England Patriots Dominance Resembles 2007 Team

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The last time I saw a NFL team just absolutely annihilate everyone they played each week, it was in 2007. And it was also the same New England Patriots. That was the infamous undefeated season, the only team in NFL history to go perfect in a 16 game slate.

Of course, they also lost the Super Bowl to the New York Giants in one of the greatest upsets in NFL history, so that 18-1 mark is forever blemished due to the failure in the big one. The ’07 Patriots repeatedly slaughtered opponents every week, partially out of “anger” from the Spygate controversy which struck them early in the season and then re-surfaced later at Super Bowl time.

The 2010 Patriots didn’t start out as strong as the ’07 team, but while the former team tailed off down the stretch, this team is warming up at exactly the right time. They utterly annihilated the Chicago Bears yesterday, and in doing so scored 30+ points for the fifth straight time.

By Paul M. Banks

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New England Patriots Blow Out Bears, Continue Rampage through NFL

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It was billed as Super Bowl XX Redux, and also a prospective glimpse into this year’s Super Bowl: Chicago Bears vs. New England Patriots is one of the most important regular season NFL games to happen in Chicago in a very long time. The result was a laugher that was decided long before halftime.

The Pats went into the locker room, and out of the Ice World of Hoth leading the Bears 34-0. This made the NE Patriots became the first team in football to clinch a playoff berth and it also produced their 5th straight games with 30+ points.

On Monday, New England will shoot up to #1 in all NFL power rankings, if they aren’t there already.

The blowout score made me so happy I didn’t spend hundreds of dollars on tickets to this game. I know people think they’re “tough,” “cool” and  “bad ass” for enduring weather like this. But really, it only makes you “frost-bitten” “hypo-thermic” and “sent to intensive care.”

By Paul M. Banks

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Chicago Bears-New England Patriots: Brutally Honest Game Preview

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Super Bowl XX Redux and a prospective glimpse into this year’s Super Bowl, Chicago Bears vs. New England Patriots is one of the most important regular season NFL games to happen here in a long time. And the biggest regular season football game since…well last week when the Pats thrashed their sub-rival New York Jets 45-3. I say “sub-rival” because NYJ is on a level far beneath the Pats yet still an AFC East Division rival.

And this monster game will be played in monstrous conditions: high temperature in the teens, snow, 40 mph winds and very little daylight. If frostbite, hypothermia and absurd ticket prices didn’t all exist, I would certainly be there.

But since I won’t, you can join the discussion at 3:15 CT Sunday as I live blog the game here

Since January 26, 1986, when Richard Dent and company made Champaign Tony Eason and Steve Grogan their cellmates, the Patriots have won 5 of 6 against the Bears.

Will it be six of seven?

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By Paul M. Banks

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Patriots can be Awesome with W-E-S (Welker) now Returning

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Each year, the NFL becomes a more pass-happy league. And the team that dominated the last decade, the New England Patriots, are currently among the most pass-oriented, if not the most pass-oriented team in the league. In order to make their high powered air attack work, the Patriots need wide receiver Wes Welker to be back to his usual self. The fact that he actually played and caught a couple passes in tonight’s exhibition game with Atlanta is a great sign.

In a Week 17 game against the Houston Texans last season, Welker injured his left knee, forcing him to undergo ACL and MCL surgery this offseason. The original timeline for his return was Thanksgiving, but due to rapid advances in medicine, and Welker’s strong work ethic, he’s back now! Apparently, ACL injuries are not as career-threatening as they once were.

To further assess the state of the Patriots‘ passing game, I enlisted the help of New England‘s all-time leader in receptions, 15 year NFL veteran (all with New England) Troy Brown.

I recently had an exclusive with Brown on the day of his induction into the College Football Hall of Fame.

By Paul M. Banks

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