I guess you can argue that the meek inherited the league (for one week) but now we must suffer all manner of rubbish discourse about whether the Chargers are actually the strongest team in the AFC. We also have to suffer the remonstrations of Patriot bleeders who think the great pretenders of 2011 are the strongest team in the AFC. 'Taint so.
I want to make two things perfectly clear:
- No learned, responsible, knowledgeable evaluator of the NFL expected the Chargers to be a powerhouse this season. [Don't wave Michael Irvin around either; he was just being loyal to his old coach.] Why? Because they are not a powerhouse in 2011. They have not been a powerhouse this season. They've been chumps for the most part. This is because of the odious actions of their GM A.J. Smith and their weak coaching staff.
- The Patriots are dead meat in the playoffs. I'm talking about a quick and easy out in the first round again. They are going to be in and out like a pinche vato. The Patriots are the great pretenders of the NFL. You wanna crown their ass? Then crown them, but they are who I think they are. That's why their opponents should take the damn field.
My brother from another mother, Kurt Warner, laid the jinx down on Green Bay during NFL Game Day Morning Edition on the NFL Network. "The only way this team drops a game is if they all have that proverbial one-bad-game; the game where everyone comes out flat", said Warner. He was a prophet and didn't know it. The Packers came out and did precisely that, losing to a team they had absolutely no business losing too.
Pop the corks in Miami. You remain the only undefeated team in the modern history of the league. I am disappointed for the Pack. I thought they would do it. One loss won't stop them from going back-to-back, tho.
I don't know which was worse, the Patriots up-ending my Broncos, or the Chargers laying a once-in-a-blue-moon beat-down on the Ravens. Don't read anything into it, art critics. This performance is never again to be repeated. Stick a fork in the Chargers, they are now done for the season.
At the end of the day, the Ravens will be the AFC Champs. Broncos versus Ravens in Baltimore for the AFC title.