(Superstar quarterback Tom Brady of the New England Patriots.)
As a huge NFL football fan I am amazed at the current edition of the New England Patriots. This team seems to have everything, great quarterback, quality receivers, impressive defense. The running attack is potentially the only weakness, but with their passing game who the heck needs to run the ball. First let me say that I am an Oakland Raiders fan, but most of all a fan of great football. Right now it is hard to be a Raiders fan, but it is still fun to watch great teams and players in action.
Dare we say “perfect season”? Looking at the Patriot’s remaining schedule it is possible. As this is written the rest of their season shapes up like this:
Nov 25 – Philadephia Eagles (5-5)
Dec 3 – at Baltimore Ravens (4-6)
Dec 9 – Pittsburgh Steelers (7-3)
Dec 16 – New York Jets (2-8)
Dec 23 – Miami (0-10)
Dec 29 – at New York Giants (7-3)
Playoffs – at least two games
Total Games = 19
It would appear that Pittsburgh and the Giants have the best chance to grab a win, but it would take a minor miracle. A perfect regular season would give them 16-0. Playoffs would be extremely tough, but they seem to be very focused. In fact they are on a mission in my opinion based on the interviews and games I have seen.
The only NFL team to have a perfect season including playoff and a Super Bowl win for a final record of 17-0 was the 1972 Miami Dolphins. They had an extremely well-rounded team both offensively and defensively. The Dolphins had great players on both sides of the ball and on special teams. They stumbled a couple of times along the way and overcame a key injury to their great quarterback, Bob Griese, to prevail in the end. Griese did return and helped them finish the rest of the season. Earl Morrall formerly of the Baltimore Colts came through as a super backup to keep them going.
(Above: Hall of Fame running back Larry Csonka of the 1972 Miami Dolphins)
So far, six players from the team are enshrined in Pro Football’s Hall of Fame: Nick Buoniconti, Larry Csonka, Bob Griese, Jim Langer, Larry Little, and Paul Warfield. In July 1997, Head Coach Don Shula joined them in immortality in Canton, Ohio.
The Chicago Bears of 1934 (13-0) and 1942 (11-0) had undefeated regular seasons, but in the end lost in the NFL championship game on both occasions. Still and all very impressive. No one else has ever had even an undefeated regular season, except the 1972 Dolphins.
It is my prediction that the New England Patriots will go undefeated in the regular season and further that they will win the Super Bowl for a true undefeated mark. So I will now watch with great interest the crusade for this team’s immortality.