The Broncos are going to beat the Patriots Sunday.
Sorry, that’s just the way I see it. I am not rooting for the Broncos. I am not into Satanic worship. Please do not kill my whole family. I am often wrong (remember the 2013 Red Sox, destined for last place?) and hopefully for New England fans, I will be wrong again.
The Patriots have proven folks wrong time and again. Overcoming doubters is the foundation of the Patriot franchise.
Doubting the Patriots this weekend is hardly a daring position. They are significant underdogs in Vegas. Most of the national TV panel guys will pick against New England. Some of the handicapping local car dealers will pick the Broncos. There might even be a footy-pajama fanboy or two with doubts about the Patriots’ ability to beat Peyton Manning.
So I am a doubter. My instinct says that this is where the rubber meets the road. This is where the high chairs meet Mile High. This is where the NFL reestablishes itself as a meritocracy. This is where competition and talent overwhelm Next Man Up, Bill Belichick’s all-knowing powers, the mystique of Tom Brady, and Bob Kraft’s control of CBS and all NFL committees. This is where the better team actually wins.
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