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Pats kick off cupcake cruise to AFC's top seed

Posted on: November 22, 2011 12:12 am
Edited on: November 22, 2011 9:25 am
 
Posted by Will Brinson



Early on, it seemed like there might be a chance to praise Tyler Palko for his play in New England, on short notice and during a primetime television matchup on Monday night. But Palko finished with three interceptions and New England blew Kansas City out 34-3, beginning what should be a run to get the Patriots on the top of the heap heading into the AFC playoffs.

Are they the best team in the conference? No, probably not. And Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and Co. are definitely in a class below the NFC's best offering, the Packers. But there's no reason to think they won't challenge for the top seed in the AFC and make a run in the playoffs.

For starters, the AFC East is all but locked up now -- even if the Jets win out, all the Patriots have to do is go 3-3 the rest of the way to lock in another division title.

And given the remaining schedule New England has, they could do that with Vince Wilfork taking all the carries in the backfield.



New England heads to Philadelphia in Week 12, then gets the Colts in Gillette, then travels to Washington, and then to Denver, before playing the Dolphins and Bills at home to close out.

Miami and Denver are showing signs of life and Philly's always dangerous, but 3-3 is an absolute worst-case scenario for the Pats. More likely? The defense continues to get pressure on opposing quarterbacks -- and what a group they'll be playing, eh? -- and we start to view the Pats as Super Bowl contenders.

We've noted this several times over the past few weeks, but in 2010, the Patriots were "done" after a Week 9 loss to Cleveland. All Tom Brady did the rest of the season was not throw an interception as New England stormed to 14-2 and the best record in the NFL.

It's unlikely they finish with the best record this year, but they could certainly pull off the second-best record, and that's good enough for the top seed in the AFC.

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Comments

Since: May 25, 2011
Posted on: November 22, 2011 4:56 pm
 

Pats kick off cupcake cruise to AFC's top seed

Isn't it funny when the Pats start looking the Patriots of old...out comes the term "cupcake cruise" from the self made experts. When the early season phenoms fall apart aka Jets, Bills, Lions, Ravens  nobody says a thing. Why not say the Patriots were 6-3 during the hard part of their season. Everyone can talk all they want, all that matters is who is left standing after the Superbowl. How can anyone predict a win no matter which team they are playing. There have been a lot of games won by the underdogs this year and there is still 6 games to go to the playoffs.



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: November 22, 2011 2:56 pm
 

Pats kick off cupcake cruise to AFC's top seed

Hey, you're the one worried about Michael Vick & the Eagles,Bills,DenverMiami,& the Colts.It could have been GB, Balt,Dallas,SF,& Chicago.Compared to the good teams in the NFL, it IS a cakewalk!



Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: November 22, 2011 12:19 pm
 

Pats kick off cupcake cruise to AFC's top seed

The Eagles will not be easy and I can see Michael Vick having a field day with the defense of the Patriots.  The Colts suck this year but always come to play against the Patriots...The Redskins aren't that bad of a team, Denver behind Tim Tebow are on the rise and the Dolphins and Bills play this team down to the wire..So NO this is not a cakewalk!

How does this make me sound like I am not a Patriots fan?  I gave explanations as to why i think it is not a cupcake schedule



Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: November 22, 2011 12:17 pm
 

Pats kick off cupcake cruise to AFC's top seed

redseat-----You must really hate the Patriots.Of course there are no cakewalks in the NFL.We all know that anything can happen on any given Sunday.Your post reads as if Indianapolis,Philadelphia, Washington,DenverMiami,& Buffalo are good teams.I contend they are NOT good teams.Sure, they will probably lose to one of those bad teams,maybe 2.That would leave them 11-5 & home feild advantage, which is huge.

The point of the sentence you choose to use in your arguement simply meant New England has a favorable remaining schedule-which they do.For you to contend otherwise is-in a word:Asinine.


What?  I AM a Patriots fan.  Perhaps you didnt understand where I stated that all of those teams up their anti when they play the Pats. That's all I said.. Did you not read where is stated "CUPCAKE" in the THREAD TITLE?  I am just saying it is not...Get off your high horse



Since: Sep 2, 2010
Posted on: November 22, 2011 11:37 am
 

Pats kick off cupcake cruise to AFC's top seed

Please! The Bills?! I think it's fair to say that New England will like nothing more than to beat the s*** out of Buffalo after they blew a 21 point lead to them earlier in the season. Buffalo is going to get murdered all the way into the CFL after this rematch.



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Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: November 22, 2011 10:19 am
 

Pats kick off cupcake cruise to AFC's top seed

redseat-----You must really hate the Patriots.Of course there are no cakewalks in the NFL.We all know that anything can happen on any given Sunday.Your post reads as if Indianapolis,Philadelphia, Washington,DenverMiami,& Buffalo are good teams.I contend they are NOT good teams.Sure, they will probably lose to one of those bad teams,maybe 2.That would leave them 11-5 & home feild advantage, which is huge.

The point of the sentence you choose to use in your arguement simply meant New England has a favorable remaining schedule-which they do.For you to contend otherwise is-in a word:Asinine.



Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: November 22, 2011 10:15 am
 

Pats kick off cupcake cruise to AFC's top seed

The Pats will win the AFC East and maybe the #1 seed.  However, their defense looked lost for the first half last night and will be their achilles heel in the playoffs.  It is worse than their unit last year, which saw an early exit in playoffs.  I am a diehard Pats fan and am worried.  I do not want another 12-14 win season go for nothing. 



Since: Jan 29, 2007
Posted on: November 22, 2011 9:44 am
 

Pats kick off cupcake cruise to AFC's top seed




Since: Apr 30, 2007
Posted on: November 22, 2011 9:41 am
 

Pats kick off cupcake cruise to AFC's top seed

"enjoy your cupcake now, Raven or Steelers await you to send you home for a long off season nap."

Yeah, because the Ravens have been totally impressive.. Jacksonville, Arizona, Yeah, and Flacco has dominated.. Please, noone in the AFC has been dominant. It's just three similar teams all with glaring weaknesses vying for the right to play the Packers.. 



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