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From: scott pianowski
Date: Wed, Oct 2, 2013 at 3:03 AM
Subject: pinball breakfast
To: Michael Salfino
It might seem a little premature to start thinking historical context just four weeks into the season, but the Broncos pinball machine is forcing the issue. So play along with me here.
Could it be the best offense ever? The logical comp seems to be the 2007 Patriots (and maybe even the 2004 Colts, another Peyton Manning team), but I think history tends to forget the 2000 Rams - a juggernaut absolutely stomping teams until Kurt Warner got hurt in Week 8. For six games, that's was the best unit I've ever seen.
(I'm not going back to the Bill Walsh 49ers or even the Steve Young inheritance - football was so different back then. It hardly resembles the same sport. This is not a knock on that dynasty in any way. Offense is so much easier now. Let's stick with apples to apples.)
Of course, the 2007 Patriots, 2004 Colts and 2000 Rams had something else in common - none of those teams won a title. I hate to be so binary about it, but the facts are the facts. The Colts were shut down in Foxboro, a game that basically change the defensive rulebook. The Rams never got their full mojo back and lost in the Wild Card round. Those offenses also had ebb and flow to the season - the Pats and Rams fell off in the second half, while