Sunday, November 18, 2007

Best NFL Team in History

The best football team in the history of the sport is easily cruising to an undefeated record for the season. The erroneous assertions of misinformed readers that earlier Dallas or Pittsburgh teams would prevail against today's Pats are well, erroneous, but I blame their folly not.

Any team in history would be nothing but embarrassing pigskin fodder for today's Patriots. Those not seeing this just don't understand the game or its history and the growth of players in the last couple decades.

X4MR predicted scores for the following match-ups:

2007 Patriots against:

1. 1985 Chicago Bears (Pats 42 Bears 21)
2. 1972 Miami Dolphins (Pats 49 Dolphins 28)
3. 1962 Green Bay Packers (Pats 104 Packers 0)
4. 1991 Washington Redskins (Pats 56 Redskins 14)
5. 1999 Los Angeles Rams (Pats 45 Rams 10)
6. 1989 San Francisco 49er's (Pats 63 49er's 28)
7. 1979 Pittsburgh Steelers (Pats 69 Steelers 31)
8. 1994 San Francisco 49er's (Pats 52 49er's 10)
9. 1996 Green Bay Packers (Pats 49 Packers 14)
10. 1971 Dallas Cowboys (Pats 84 Cowboys 7)

The Patriots just rule. Those thinking earlier teams would stand a snowball's chance in a vat of molten steel, salary caps and all, just don't get the reality of the situation.

7 Comments:

Blogger Dustin said...

I find your assertions heavily biased. :-P

11/19/2007 7:37 AM  
Blogger Sirocco said...

You overrate the Patriots badly. I think they would beat the great teams of the 70's purely by dint of being bigger and faster, better game-planning, etc.

Against the top teams of the late 80's and early 90's (Cowboys and 49ers are who I am specifically thinking of, but even the 85 Bears might qualify) the Patriots would be underdogs - the size/speed gap, if any, would be much narrower, modern training and scouting had begun, and those teams weren't handicapped by having to abide by a salary cap. Their depth of talent was far greater than what the Patriots have today.

An example:

1992 Dallas offense starting super bowl XXVII, where they beat Buffalo 52-17, vs. this year's Patriots.

Dallas New England

Alvin Harper WR Randy Moss
Mark Tuinei LT Matt Light
Nate Newton LG Logan Mankins
Mark Stepnoski C Dan Koppen
John Gesek RG Russ Hochstein
Erik Williams RT Nick Kaczur
Jay Novacek TE Ben Watson
Michael Irvin WR Donte Stallworth
Troy Aikman QB Tom Brady
Emmitt Smith RB L. Maroney
Daryl Johnston FB Heath Evans

Moss would start for Harper, Brady for Aikman, although it's closer than you might think there. You can make a good case for Hochstein starting in place of Gesek. In every other position, I would take the Dallas player. In many cases, the comparison isn't close (Emmitt or Laurance? Williams or Kaczur?)


Comparison on defense:

Dallas

Tony Tolbert LE Ty Warren
R. Maryland LDT-NT Vince Wilfork
Tony Casillas RDT-RE Rich Seymour
C. Haley RE-RIB Tedy Bruschi
Ken Norton LOLB M. Vrabel
Robert Jones MLB-LIB A. Thomas
Vinson Smith ROLB R. Colvin
Larry Brown LCB A. Samuel
Kevin Smith RCB E. Hobbs
T. Everett SS R. Harrison
J. Washington FS J. Sanders

The Patriots actually match up far better on defense than offense (surprisingly so, to me). It's not a perfect comparison, since Dallas played a 4-3, and NE plays a 3-4, but in general Dallas had a better line (I give the 1st 3 positions listed a Dallas edge, and Haley maybe a small edge over Bruschi as well, maybe a push). I think NE has the edge at the other three LB spots, narrowly - the Cowboy LBs were all in their primes and no slouches. In the secondary, Samuel and Harrison have big edges for NE, Smith an edge at one CB spot for Dallas, and FS a push.

Lets not even discuss depth. When you get deeper in the depth chart Dallas has a big edge, again because of the lack of salary cap.

For what it's worth, I don't even think this was the best Dallas team of the era (that would be the next year's team), and 1989 or 1994 49ers teams might have been even better. I hated the 49ers ... man I hated them, they were so good for so long ... but they had some great teams.

I had thought the Patriots were the bes team of the salary-cap era, but I am not even sure THAT is true. I had thought the salary cap was instituted in 1995, but it actually began in 1994 ... and I would take that 1994 49ers team over this Patriots team and lay a ton of points. That's really an unfair comparison, though, since while the cap had been introduced, it's effect hadn't really begun to be felt yet.

I've spent way too much time on this ...

11/19/2007 8:56 AM  
Blogger x4mr said...

Sirocco,

Haaagh Huwaaaagh!!!!!!

I think you put more time into your comment than I did on the story. I hope you had fun. I was multi-tasking while watching the Pats slaughter the Bills.

Yes, I am biased.

Granted, I should have been studying for tomorrow's midterm.

11/19/2007 11:47 AM  
Blogger thinkright said...

Everyone is playing for 2nd place.

The Pats will beat GB or Dallas 70-7 in this year's SB. They'll get the largest margin of victory...highest score...most TD passes....10 TD passes by Brady.

The only obstacle would be an injury to Brady. Anyone else on the team is expendable.

11/19/2007 1:24 PM  
Blogger Dustin said...

"The only obstacle would be an injury to Brady. Anyone else on the team is expendable."

For the pats sake I hope you are wrong. A team that is dominant on the strength of one player is not a good team, I need not reach back too far to illustrate this point. I am a cats fan, and even I can admit mediocrity when I see it. Truth be told, the ducks should have whupped our asses, especially as much as they were being talked up. Once dixon went down, well, so did the rest of the house of cards.

speaking of cards, playoff win, woohoo! maybe I can take the bag off soon!

11/19/2007 1:51 PM  
Blogger x4mr said...

The Pats can go all the way even without Brady, although the contest would be less certain.

I won't list all their extraordinary players, but losing one, even Brady, would not derail them.

In the NFL, the tide flows a certain way and ANY team can beat ANY team, so it's never 100%. However, the rest of their season is pretty much a cakewalk.

Barring a bizarre development, the Pats crush everything in their path this year and will break many records.

11/19/2007 3:44 PM  
Blogger Dustin said...

speaking of cards, playoff win, woohoo! maybe I can take the bag off soon!

What I meant to say here was:

speaking of cards, playoff bound (fingers crossed), woohoo! maybe I can take the bag off soon!

11/19/2007 4:10 PM  

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