View Full Version : Here's why the Patriots undefeated record means so much more than the Dolphins...

01-29-2008, 05:50 PM
I couldn't find the link to support this statement, but I remember seeing a stat on ESPN that said something along these lines.

The `72 Dolphins only faced 4 teams with a non-losing record that season.

The Patriots have faced...

Week 1 -> Jets 4-12
Week 2 -> Chargers 11-5
Week 3 -> Bills 7-9
Week 4 -> Bengals 7-9
Week 5 -> Browns 10-6
Week 6 -> Cowboys 13-3
Week 7 -> Dolphins 1-15
Week 8 -> Redskins 9-7
Week 9 -> Colts 13-3
Week 10 -> Bye
Week 11 -> Bills 7-9
Week 12 -> Eagles 8-8
Week 13 -> Ravens 5-11
Week 14 -> Steelers 10-6
Week 15 -> Jets 4-12
Week 16 -> Dolphins 1-15
Week 17 -> Giants 10-6
Week 18 -> Divisional Playoff -> Jags 11-5
Week 19 -> Conference Playoff -> Chargers 11-5
www.nfl.com (http://www.nfl.com)

What's the point?

The Dolphins faced opponents with a combined winning percentage of .372 with only 4 of their opponents (Chiefs and Giants at 8-6 and the Vikings and Jets at 7-7) having a non-losing record. 6 of their 14 opponents had 9 or more losses including our own 1-13 Houston Oilers.

The Dolphins drew the Browns in the first round and at the time, were the 3rd lowest scoring team in the AFC.

They went on to a big Super Bowl win of 14-7.

I don't know guys and gals...I guess that maybe I'm just tired of seeing Shula and the rest of those guys ramble on and on about how great their accomplishment was...when it seems to me that they faced NOBODY!

Thanks for letting me rant a little bit.


Thoughts anyone?

01-29-2008, 05:56 PM
I can't really speak from watching game film from the '72 Dolphins, but from what I've seen from this Patriots team, and the stats I've seen, even if NE lose to the Giants, they're still the better team.

The Patriots sure do seem to have faced a higher calibre of opponent!

01-29-2008, 05:56 PM
Shula Hula (http://www.bangcartoon.com/2007/shulahula.htm)

01-29-2008, 06:12 PM
Just the fact that they went into both Dallas and Indy and beat them sums it up.

01-29-2008, 07:27 PM
breaking news

01-29-2008, 09:17 PM
breaking news

They both went undefeated. You can't compare, well you can, but not fairly...

Double Barrel
01-30-2008, 11:31 AM
Add to it the fact that they set team scoring records along with QB and WR TD records the same season. If the Patriots win, they are clearly the best team in the history of the NFL. JMO

01-30-2008, 11:34 AM
This is an event that has only happened once in most of our lifetimes. The Patriots are still one win away from it happening twice in mine. Many of you guys have never seen a team in the NFL go undefeated. Both teams have done something nobody else has ever done...assuming the Pats win on Sunday of course.