Perfection: it is what every team, player and organization strives for. At 12-0 and boasting what is arguably one of the most potent offenses in the National Football League’s history, the New England Patriots this season have so far demonstrated what is needed not just to win games but also to stand head and shoulders above their opponents, doing so with an aura of professionalism in every move.
Every time it takes the field, this calm and collected football team is out to make a statement. The Patriots make this statement whether down three points with one of their last possessions of the game, or up 39 and in a fourth down situation. They refuse to change their game based on the score or situation, and that makes them great and professional.
Even though they have outscored their opponents this season 479-189, they still talk and walk off the field with class. This is something that seems to have been forgotten in the NFL recently as players are charged with gun possession, drug use and domestic abuse. The Pats are not getting caught in positions where they have to explain their actions; instead, they live their off-field lives like they do their on-field lives: professionally.
The Patriots seem to have turned into the angels of the NFL world, even with someone as outspoken and full of surprise as new wide receiver Randy Moss. The former Viking, who for years plagued the league with actions including pretending to moon the crowd after scoring a touchdown, and, after receiving a $10,000 fine, said, “Ain’t nothing but ten grand, what’s ten grand to me?” seems to have pulled a U-turn. Recently, he commented in the wake of the team’s many achievements: “I don’t want records. I want a Super Bowl ring.”
Some have argued that this is one of the worst possible scenarios for the league itself, as one team has put a strangle hold on all the other teams and refuses to let go. I, for one, do not see it this way. Those who are passionate about the game and those who just occasionally watch it have found themselves glued to this team for one of two reasons: to see if it can in fact pull off the perfect season or if it falters with the regular season finish line in sight. The team has even come to receive international coverage and has shined a positive light for the league as its notable actions stay on the field rather than off it.
I am pulling for the Pats, which means I have probably jinxed them for their high profile contest next Sunday with the most supported team in the league, the Pittsburgh Steelers. It is rare to see a whole team of such class achieve something so great. I for one would love to see the Patriots turn the trick by polishing off a perfect regular season before seeing an intense and well-covered playoff run.