Could be a Superbowl preview.
Pats defense is getting better. Can the 49ers defense win it?
Very interesting matchup of two teams which are legit rather hyped.
The Patriots finally...FINALLY...appear to have a worthwhile defense. Ranked 31st against the pass in '10 and dead last overall in 2011...and they still went 27-5 w/ one conference championship.
It's all about the talent level.
Chandler Jones and Dont'a Hightower will be studs for years to come. The oldest member of the Patriots S.E.C. linebacking core (Spikes, Mayo and Hightower) is just 26. Plenty of room for seasoning and growth there.
Wilfork is in the prime of his career and Ninkovich is severely underrated, IMO. McCourtey is a MUCH better safety than CB and that's helped solidify the secondary mightily. Travon Wilson leads the team in INT's and by every indication, they got a 7th round steal in CB Alfonza Dennard.
The foundation and talent level for a good defense is finally in place.
Patriots are the best team in the NFL like they are every season. Ho-hum. Nothing to see here.
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Methinks this will be a close game. Putting together great offensive back-to-back showings against two top 5 defenses is unlikely, IMO. Not to say S.F. will shut them down but N.E. just won't be as explosive.
The Pats are going to run the ball much more than we think. Out of passing formations, the shotgun, however; they'll do what they can to keep the safeties honest. That and short, quick passes seemed to serve the Rams well in both meetings.
Gronkowski would help immensely in this game but they'll have to do without again. I know he practiced today but I'd give him about a 1% chance of playing.
Last edited by lolollort; 12-14-2012 at 05:23 PM.
Look!! You can see the exact moment his little heart breaks =)
There was a point this year when I honestly thought the 49ers were invincible. Good to see that their just really really great instead.
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Well I put 200 bucks today on the Pats with a 9er fan at work. No points. I never lose a bet.
Me and my Boys.
Thank you PSD for your support and prayers.