They were legit before they beat the 49ers and Patriots. Had they started the season off playing the way they're playing now they'd probably be neck and neck with Seattle for home field advantage. They are playing outstanding football now and only seem to be getting better on offense.
Very envious of their team. They are who I thought the 49ers would be at this stage of the season. Very similar to the 49ers. Not so much scheme wise but personnel wise they are stacked up front. They really like to mug and paw at receivers the way Seattle does. For a predominantly zone defense they sure play a lot of bump/press physical defense on the outside.
I'm seeing more and more of the jersey tugging, physical style play from more and more db's. I said in the offseason that I thought it was only a matter of time before more teams started doing it with how much the refs seem to dislike calling it. With the way the New England game ended I think more attention will be paid to def holding. Its happening a lot right now and its only a matter of time before one of these prima donna darling qb's has a hissy fit
For the record I thought the play at the end of the patriots panthers game was legit. There was definitely a defensive infraction there in the endzone whether you want to call it holding or PI. Had the ball been thrown a little higher and toward the back of the enzone it would have stuck. I thought they got the non call right because lets be honest Gronk was NOT getting to that ball regardless.