The Steelers dominated the statistics, running nearly twice as many plays, doubling the Patriots yardage total and time of possession. Yet, at the end, the Patriots were a lucky play or two away from winning the game.
The Patriots are better off without Randy Moss. Did the Patriots’ offense get better when they traded Randy Moss? You bet it did. It was never more evident than in their game Sunday against their trade partner, the Minnesota Vikings.
Prior to the 2008 season it was stated that, based on their opponent’s 2007 records (combined 153-103), the Steelers had one of the toughest schedules doled out by the NFL in a month of Superbowl Sundays. It turned out the schedule was tough, but as usual, not for the assumed reasons.
So, what is this thing, a Superbowl slump? Most would agree that it’s a down year after appearing in the Superbowl. That’s easy. But how down does that year have to be? Is it good enough to miss the playoffs or is a losing record required? Does one need to pick in the top five of the following draft?