I throw that out there, then I shuffle away quietly so that the big bad boy Patriots don't hear me and beat me up. The truth is, there's nothing critical to be said of New England's start thus far, and they are the last team in the NFL I would want to face on Sunday. That's next weekend. [Which is also why a win against the Cardinals is so vital, since losing very well will precede a loss to the Patriots, thus flushing us below .500.]
Let's get this out of the way: I don't hate the Patriots, I fear them. I fear what they will do to my beloved team. But whatever horrible, mean, unholy things they decide to do to us, they can't take away the great things this franchise has already accomplished. Thus I'm free to engage in pissing contests between this year's Patriots and historic Redskins teams, or at least watch gleefully as someone else does it. Street Cred decided to research which team in recent history had the best 6-0 start and compared them to the Patriots. Teams repeatedly fell; '72 Dolphins were no match, '85 Bears, no match, '98 Broncos, naw son. But how 'bout them Redskins (of '91)?
We had two thousand yard receivers in Gary Clark (1340) and Art Monk (1049) though Monk had more receptions. Ricky Sanders rounded us out with 45 receptions, 580 yards, and 5 touchdowns. Tight ends existed to block.
Were the Pro Bowl played by 7-man football teams, we could've fielded an entire roster; Byner, Clark, Darrell Green, Jim Lachey, Charles Mann(beast), Rypien, and Mark Schlereth all made the PB that year.
And it wasn't just a monstrous start to the regular season; the 'Skins were undefeated going into week 13. In week 7 we ruined a Bill Belichick coached Browns team 42-17. On the weeks preceding our first loss to the Cowboys, we'd beaten the Steelers 41-14 and an Atlanta Falcons team 56-17 that would finish 10-6 and would get the unfortunate draw of playing us in the postseason where we handled them 24-7. Our average margin of victory in the playoffs was over 20 points per game.
Robble robble in the good old days we beat opponents in the snow, naked, playing uphill both ways, with an onion on our belt. Nostalgia has me now, and kudos to Street Cred for putting the Patriots impressive start in context.
You bad, New England, but you ain't that bad. Hail.