This season is perhaps the most impressive season for the dynamic duo of New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady for what they have accomplished going into Week 4.
Yes the season is far from over, and things can still turn ugly. But, with all the turmoil, injuries and free-agent defections, the Patriots are unbeaten at 3-0 (won-lost).
For a team to lose Rob Gronkowski (injured might be back for Week 5 or 6), Aaron Hernandez (murder charge) and Wes Welker (free agent to Denver), who were Brady’s top three receivers the past couple of seasons, there is really no other quarterback in the NFL who can do what Brady is doing.
Imagine the Broncos losing Eric Decker, Demaryius Thomas and Welker; Aaron Rodgers losing James Jones, Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson, or Drew Brees losing Jimmy Graham, Marques Colston and Darren Sproles?
Really don’t think these teams would be 3-0, and the Packers aren’t.
Brady is throwing to the likes of rookies Aaron Dobson, Kenbrell Thompkins and Zach Sudfeld this season. Although he’s not putting up the same kind of stats, the team has three wins.
The Freak received a number of texts from concerned Pats’ fans after they only beat the Jets 13-10, and the reply to Jason Ahern and Dave Chisholm was: “Better having an ugly win any day in the NFL than taking any type of loss. Wish the Giants had an ugly win right now!”
For most football fans, you either love or hate the Patriots. Most fans hate New England and want them to fail, mostly because of their success and the arrogance Coach Belichick displays in his demeanor and interviews.
However, The Freak thinks you better get accustomed to it for awhile, because as long as the two of them are together there will be nothing but more wins to add to the 139.
Love them or hate them, you can’t knock what Brady and Belichick bring every Sunday.
A Football Life
Finally, for those of you who watch the great series “A Football Life” on the NFL Network, local Summerside football artist Bob Mueller will be part of the show as they feature Steve Sabol from NFL Films.
Mueller did a documentary with Sabol that won an Emmy, and also did an art exhibit for the Football Hall of Fame. Check it out on Tuesday at 10 a .m.
The sure thing
Indy looked like a legitimate Super Bowl contender on the road last week in San Fran.
This week they have it a little easier travelling to Jacksonville. Don’t see anyway the Jags can win this game, unless they knock Andrew Luck out of the game, take the Colts.
The Eagles fly to Mile High to take on the unbeaten Broncos. One thing for sure in this game, both defences will be tired as both offences play a high-tempo, no-huddle scheme.
Philly’s secondary is really struggling and that’s not what Eagle fans want to hear facing Peyton Manning and his stable of receivers. Manning will be licking his chops in this one. Broncos win.
Hats off to the Cleveland players, who showed some heart winning last week, after it looked like team management gave up on the season, with a big win. Division rival Cincy also showed some heart making a big comeback versus the Packers. The Bengals defence is one of the best in the NFL, and they will show its teeth in Cleveland. Take Cincy.
Don’t mortgage the house picks
Minnesota and Pittsburgh have the fun trip across the Atlantic Ocean to play in London, England. The Brits really don’t care about this kind of football, and worst of all they get to see two teams that are a combined 0-6 on the season. They will be thrilled. The Vikes are considered the home team, but there is no home-field advantage over there. Take the Steelers as Ben Roethlisberger will outplay Christian Ponder.
The Falcons face a must game against the Pats on Sunday night if they want to stay in the NFC South race. New England on the other hand are unbeaten, but really haven’t been tested on the road against a legitimate playoff team. In the end, the Falcons have too many weapons on offence for the Pats to handle while the New England doesn’t have enough weapons back yet (Gronk and Amendola). Atlanta moves to .500.
You saw what happened last week in Carolina when the Giants laid an egg, this week it won’t be any easier as they travel to crazy Kansas City to try and get their first win of the season against the unbeaten Chiefs. Can’t see it happening with all the issues the Gmen have on both sides of the ball. Take the Chiefs.
“Houston we have a problem, the Seahawks are coming to town.”
Well, the ‘Hawks look like the best team in the NFC, but will face an AFC team that has the defence and running game that will be instrumental in pulling this upset. Seattle will get a full dose of Arian Foster and Ben Tate on the ground, and defensive end JJ Watt will dominate the line of scrimmage with the loss of Seattle’s LT Russell Okung.
Texans pull off a shocking win over Seattle.
Last week: 5-for-7.
Season: 17-for-21 (81 per cent).
John Turner is a Summerside schoolteacher. His column appears every Saturday during the NFL season. Feel free to e-mail questions and comments to email@example.com.