But the gap between New England and the rest of the league is particularly wide. If you're not a Falcons fan but have followed the storylines close enough to know what's going on, good for you.
Belichick has been the Patriots coach since 2000 and he serves as the teams de facto general manger.
"Oh, I'm certainly struggling with it, just because I'm a competitor", Freeman said.
Since then, Brady hasn't had much to say about his friend, but the Patriots quarterback's name came up this month during the inauguration when Trump wished the team luck. My exact words were, "Are you insane?"
Though years ago the NFL was more of a run-heavy league than it is now, the Patriots have shaded towards a passing offense for quite some time - after all, they do employ arguably the best quarterback in the history of the NFL. In those 88 games, Ryan has thrown 150 touchdown passes and 67 interceptions. I dare you to try. "That's what we'll strive to do", said Belichick.On any given week, you don't know who is going to get the ball, who is going to be Tom Brady's top target."Go right down the line". I shut this topic down pretty fast. One possible counter for that is zone defense, but that requires the pass rush to get to Matt Ryan, which is easier said than done.
There are some numbers here that Patriots fans will like. Sticking with single coverage and hoping for the best may just be the way to go.
Sure, on paper, this defense doesn't look phenomenal in terms of points and yards allowed. Atlanta is an incredible 20-7 ATS in their last 27 games when they are the team getting points. Don't believe me? Just ask Cam Newton, Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson, Emmanual Sanders, Jordan Matthews and the laundry list of guys who have taken some vicious hits.
During the regular season, the Patriots were second in turnovers with plus-12. Oh, and I haven't even gotten to Vic Beasley yet. "This is a brotherhood that's connected not just personally, but they're also connected professionally". Yeah, the Falcons have no chance.
Of course anything as highly visible as pro football quickly becomes a huge target upon which we act out our personal obsessions, and in a white hot election year, the NFL quickly became tangled up in the political correctness debate, thanks to Colin Kaepernick's refusal to stand during the national anthem.
Manning is behind only Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (22 percent), who will play in his seventh Super Bowl on Sunday, and Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (16) on the most popular list.
Little did they know, their loss would have a profound effect on a current Falcons star.
Sunday millions will be glued to their TV's watching super bowl 51 in Houston. Guess what, it didn't matter.
■ How Vic Beasley went from being a super bust to playing in the Super Bowl. While the rest of the players typically stick to "The Patriot Way", Bennett has had zero problem being very excited about going to a Super Bowl and has voiced his mind every step of the way.