Joe Montana and Steve Young had Jerry Rice. Peyton Manning has Marvin Harrison.
And now that Tom Brady has an all-time receiver to throw to, the New England Patriots look well on their way to joining the 1996 Chicago Bulls and the 1998 New York Yankees as one of the truly dominant professional teams of this era.
The Pats fourth straight 30 point output resulted in their fourth consecutive blow out last night in Cincinnati where it didn’t matter that the Bengals were missing their star running back because they could have been at their absolute best and they still wouldn’t have come close to touching the far and away best team in the National Football League.
New England is just that good. This team is on pace to score more points than any team in history while giving up the least amount of offensive yards in the league. They’ve got the Montana of his time throwing to Randy Moss who –when motivated—is the most talented wideout since Rice. They have an offensive line who won’t budge and one of the best defenses they’ve ever had.
They’re actually quite comparable to Montana and Rice’s 1989 San Francisco 49ers team, arguably one of the ten greatest football teams ever assembled. In fact, they might be even better.
It might be a little premature to start the undefeated season talk, but it’s hard not envision it with the way the Patriots have started 2007.
At this point, it’s not just their record that looks perfect. It’s every facet of their game.