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    Patriots 38 Chargers 14

    Ouch...

    The Patriots look to be well ahead of the pack after two games.

    Back-to-back 24 point wins in dominating fashion. And this one over a team that many picked to win the Super Bowl...

    Question: If the Chargers couldn't beat New England at home last year, why on earth do people think they can do it this year when the Pats are far more talented?

    The biggest question was how good Moss would be and I think that's been answered quite emphatically. He looks like the elite WR that he was before the Oakland Experiment. With a dominating presence like that forcing defenses to plan for him and all the other weapons the Pats have, they're really scary. And they should get even better as they play together more and develop chemistry. Also, just as I suspected, they divide their carries up more in the early stages of the game and wait until later before they start feeding Maroney. I think they're trying to keep him fresh and healthy for late game situations, and more importantly, for the stretch run in November and December when the weather gets bad and Foxboro becomes an even bigger advantage.

    I know it's early, and I don't think it will happen, but this has the look of a team that could seriously threaten the '72 Dolphins, IMO. Assuming they win all their home games, which is likely...

    Here are their road games...
    @ Cincinnati - Does anyone really think the Bengals can beat this team?
    @ Dallas - Not likely, IMO.
    @ Miami - Miami always seems to give them fits. This could be one to watch.
    @ Indianapolis - This is the biggie. I think New England is better, but at Indy this could be a heck of a game.
    @ Buffalo - Probably not.
    @ Baltimore - After Indy, this is the other big one. The Ravens have the type of defense to keep this game close. Could be another good one...
    @ NY Giants - No.

    Assuming the Pats stay healthy and get better as expected, I really think they have a chance. Don't forget, the defense will get even better when Seymore and Harrison return. They're scary good right now.
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    The Patriots were real good, but the Chargers were also real bad. I posted an apology to all of you on behalf of my favorite team in the Update thread. Both sides of the ball, they look cowed right now. Sooner or later, a defense will come up with a good scheme for the Patriots short-passing game, and they will have to run the ball. When that happens, I think they will be challenged because Maroney does not look particularly motivated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hearsay
    The Patriots were real good, but the Chargers were also real bad. I posted an apology to all of you on behalf of my favorite team in the Update thread. Both sides of the ball, they look cowed right now. Sooner or later, a defense will come up with a good scheme for the Patriots short-passing game, and they will have to run the ball. When that happens, I think they will be challenged because Maroney does not look particularly motivated.
    I don't doubt they won't have some close games. That's the thing though...even if a team does slow the offense down, the Pats defense will keep them in the game and Brady is as good as they get in the clutch.

    The Chargers did look bad...like a lot of teams New England plays. The Patriots made them look bad. They exposed two big weakness in the Chargers team...secondary and WR's. They took LT away and forced San Diego to rely on it's passing game and the exploited the Chargers secondary.

    The Bears shut the Charger offense down in week one and had it not been for some costly mistakes by Grossman and his RB's, they could have won that game and might have shut the Chargers out completely.

    I'd say New England will lose at some point because it's just so difficult to make it through an NFL season undefeated. However, there isn't a team in the NFL I'd pick to beat them.

    Other than playing Indy and Baltimore on the road, they should be far superior than the rest of their opponents.

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    Shut Up T.O.! Randy Moss is back.

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    Randy Moss is BACK!!! And it is great to see!!!

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    Poor San Diego fan gets to live with Norv Turner.He will be gone after they miss the playoffs.

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    I have the Chargers defense and Tomlinson on my fantasy team. It was not a good night for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newarkcatholicfan
    Poor San Diego fan gets to live with Norv Turner.He will be gone after they miss the playoffs.
    Despite my protestations, I think reports of San Diego's demise are greatly exaggerated. Who is going to win the West? Denver? Barely surviving. Kansas City? Give me a break. Oakland? Puhleeeease.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hearsay
    Despite my protestations, I think reports of San Diego's demise are greatly exaggerated. Who is going to win the West? Denver? Barely surviving. Kansas City? Give me a break. Oakland? Puhleeeease.
    Denver always starts slow. I expect them to improve as the season goes...I picked them to win the west before the season started, so I'll stick with it.

    I don't think I'd write the Broncos off so quickly...they match up pretty good with the Chargers, IMO.

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