PEACHTREE, ATLANTA- Playing in an igloo with Mattie Ice could be a chilling experience for Bill Belichick's hothouse flowers.
The New England Patriots may be ripe for the plucking. Flores por los muertos? You may have a bunch soon.
Experts and football insiders have been expounding their greenhouse gases this week over the potential trouble that the Patriots face against the Atlanta Falcons.
A few optimists are planting the notion that Rob Gronkowski could be the prize-winning orchid among the daisies.
If Coach Belichick trots out his back injury prone tight end, victory must be at hand-or so goes the logic.
Matt Ryan may put the fourth victory of the season party on ice. So far, the Pats have joined an elite group of undefeated. Alas, the Patriots may be the pretenders to the Super Bowl among the undefeated. They are weeds among tulips.
According to Patriot payroll publicists, Tom Brady's receiving corps d'elite will delight us on Sunday Night Football. We still see slim pickings.
Kraft's team could not choose a better venue to prove they have changed their socks to Red Sox underdog victory colors. The downside is that the change of venue may only work in a murder trial for Aaron Hernandez.
Some fans contend this week's Sunday night skirmish is the real start of the season. Those early victories, almost lost in two cases, were against the weaklings and quislings. The Patriots almost proved they belong in the latter group with their performances in the past three weeks.
If the Patriots become traitors to the cause of another Super Bowl, will this week reveal the tell-tale heart? Our heart is thumping away like an Aaron Hernandez victim's in worry and in alerting fans of an unpleasant situation.
"Flores por los muertos" indeed.