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- Apr 20, 2003
Do you fear the defense of the Jaguars or the triple B’s?
You should see a therapist about those repressed memories.How soon we all forget the first preseason game!
This is actually a tough call for me. Steelers clearly have the much, much better offense but Pats offense would have a much easier time with their defense. While they would move the ball and score points, they’d be hard pressed to match the Pats’ offense without some turnover luck.
On the flip side, the Jags have a very tough defense with a strong DL and secondary playmakers but a shitty QB. They look to be the team that can best replicate the style that has historically given the Patriots the most problems.
Just look at the numbers of the Patriots’ playoff losses in the BB era:
2015 AFCCG: 20-18 Broncos
2013 AFCCG: 26-16 Broncos
2012 AFCCG: 28-13 Ravens
2011 SB. : 21-17 Giants
2010 DIV. : 28-21 Jets
2009 WC. : 33-14 Ravens
2006 AFCCG: 38-34 Colts
2005 DIV. : 27-13 Broncos
In 6 of those 8 losses, the Patriots failed to score 20 points and the 2006 AFCCG is the only high scoring playoff loss. All others have been games where the offense essentially got shut down. Jacksonville has the personnel to do this.
Verdict: Give me the Steelers
Won't they just play Cam Fleming, who started 6 games in the regular season, including the final 5? He was fine.The RT position situation gives me a little pause when immediately wanting to say JAX. It will be interesting to see how NE goes forward in “next man upping” there.
my sentiments exactly.Jax D is good, but I can't see Bortles doing enough to beat the Pats. Plus there would be a happy to be there element.
Benny has the weapons to get into a shoot-out, and stuff could happen, plus the Steelers seem obsessed with the Pats, if they don't screw up tomorrow they may be maniacs in the AFCCG.
I hope Jax wins at Heinz
The first line above is so effin good.I don't fear anyone but I fear everyone.
The Pats will be home and they'll rightly be the favorite against either team.
Either team could give the Pats real problems. I see the case for wanting either team. But give me the Jags, even with Coughlin in their organization.
Yeah, I think this is right.The first line above is so effin good.
My big concern about the Steelers is probability. We match up well with them. I’ll grant us a coaching edge every time. The game is at home. But these have been, at their core, essentially the same teams for several years. Every year is its own entity — but play them often enough, you’re apt to lose one.
You know what generally no one really remembers years down the line? Beating the "best" en route to the title. It has to be some sort of generational super-team or unique top tier rival situation (e.g., 2004 Yankees) to be remembered. No one will remember the 2017 Steelers if they get bounced today.The part of me that wants to beat the best says bring on Pittsburgh. The rest of me says the pats will have a much easier time taking out Jacksonville and beyond that, if they don't, I'd personally be much happier seeing the Jags in the Super Bowl than the Steelers. I don't see much reason to root for the Steelers today unless you have an irrational fear of a "tainted" championship won facing the murderers' row of Mariota-Bortles-Foles. Any opposing fan who cares about that is going to have a reason to crap on New England regardless, so it's just not worth worrying about.
Agreed, though I’d add the 2006 Colts who won a flu-and-heat aided shootout as well.I don't really care.
I'm surprised though that everyone is focusing on Bortles as making JAX easy, and fears the good offensive team. Most of the Patriots' playoff losses in the last decade come against teams with good defenses and shitty QBs:
The only game they lost over that time based on an elite offense is probably the 2014 Broncos.
I think this team can beat either PIT or JAX, but JAX much more closely resembles the teams that have knocked us out in the past.