According to the Sunday Torygraph's Paul Ackford, England's victory over the All Blacks in November "hangs like a millstone around their necks" because it has set the expectation level too high.
Oh yes, Paul, quite right - surely it would have been far better to have suffered ignominious defeat against New Zealand just to ensure we didn't expect too much this 6 Nations.
Mr Ackford also claims that England have yet to prove that they are competitive away from home. So victories in both away fixtures in last year's 6 Nations and two narrow defeats and a draw in South Africa in the summer isn't being competitive?
Honestly, is this what passes for sports journalism these days?