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Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Raiders @ Patriots Fanatical Sophistry

This post will be posted at Harkonnendog, as usual, but also at Fester's Place. Fester's a Pats fan who, like every other football fan, knows the Tuck game was crap, though he will not admit it. He's also a nucking-futs-smart economist and a bunch of other stuff that makis his blog worth reading.

Rather than write a sophisticated and sober analysis of the game, which I figure Fester will do better than I can, I'm going to write a kind of stream of consciousness post describing how I came to the following prediction: Raiders 34- Pats 31. It wasn't easy getting there, but now that I'm there I'm sticking to it!

Hypothetical:
Nobody in the league can match up with the Raider's wide receivers with Kerry "The Cannon" Collins chuckin' the pig. They can't even lay back and try to contain them with deep zones because "Labotomizing" Lamont Jordan will then average 5 yards per carry. Raiders win!
Test:
That Indy team has a pretty good QB, receiving corps, and runner. Since they wrecked the Pats we will too- oh shit.
But:
With Ty Law and Romeo Crennel gone the Pats aren't the same. Plus Moss is better than Owens and Owens had a huge SB.
Result:
Raiders will score a lot but not dominate the Pats defense.

Hypo:
The Raider D will contain the Pats offense.
Test:
I won't even bother to try to justify this.
But:
We're better. We had a great preseason against the likes of, um... we ARE better, though! Plus we have this freaky-deaky 6-5 lineup nobody has ever seen. Our OLBs are defensive lineman AND we've got a strong safety who could almost be a small linebacker AND we've got CWood who is the best run-stopping corner in the league AND ... well that's enough, ain't it? The Pats won't run on us. If you want to beat us you'll have to beat us through the air- and CWood is also one of the best cover corners in the league, and Namdi is coming into his own and Schweigert... er... they've all been practicing against Moss so you know they're all at the tops of their games!
Result:
The Raider D containst but does not dominate Pat's O.


3 Comments:

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  • At 4:20 AM, Blogger fester said…

    Hark--- I don't see why you, and many other non-regular Patriot watchers are making such a big deal about the loss of Ty Law. Yes, he is an excellent DB, but when he missed 8 games and the playoffs last year, the Patriots went 7-1 regular season, and 3-0 in the playoffs, with no noticable increase in yards passed against.

     
  • At 9:38 AM, Blogger Harkonnendog said…

    Grasping at straws Fest- I freely admit it- just grasping at straws, lol.

     

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