23 Aug 2004
In New England, Kevin Mannix writes that the Patriots were outcoached by the Bengals this weekend in a 31-3 loss. As Bruce Allen points out at Boston Sports Media Watch, I'm not sure how you get outcoached in a preseason game in which you have no game plan because you don't want to reveal anything you will use against the same team later in a game that actually counts. Panic is also the special of the day in Indianapolis, where the Colts were spanked by the Jets 31-7 (and their backup quarterback scraped up his arms, scary) and in Seattle, where the season is now over after a 19-3 loss to Denver in a game that, by the way, doesn't count either.
Denver's defense carried the team all season, and carried Peyton Manning right to a second Super Bowl ring in his worst season. Carolina's offense joins long list of postseason duds from the 500-point club.