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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
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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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Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: November 22, 2011 9:26 am
 

Pats kick off cupcake cruise to AFC's top seed

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


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!



Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: November 22, 2011 9:24 am
 

Pats kick off cupcake cruise to AFC's top seed

I don't see the Patriots remaining schedule as a cupcake one.  Sure the teams they are facing don't have a good record but they will certainly be out for blood and want to knock off the Patriots.  The Bills will want to do this for sure!



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: November 22, 2011 9:11 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.



Since: Sep 21, 2009
Posted on: November 22, 2011 8:38 am
 

Pats kick off cupcake cruise to AFC's top seed

Brian enjoys spouting off ignorant crap. All he can say is the patriots cheat, the league gives them the best schedule (so the league cheats for them also), and everyone is agaist his Jets. Essentially he just wants to stir up crap so people will reply to him and he can go back and forth with them for a few days so he'll have something to do during the day. Do yourself a favor and don't reply to him because he'll just come back with other ingnorant crap and the discussion will eventually deteriorate into "oh yeah? Well, my dad can beat up your dad"!



Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: November 22, 2011 7:44 am
 

Pats kick off cupcake cruise to AFC's top seed

Lol, does the "8ball" hint at the drug you're clearly overdosing on, I think it's caused too much brain damage Brian. Guys like you are the reason the internet needs to be monitored and restricted. On a serious note for every good/accurate Rex Ryan "promise, garuntee" whatever you wanna call it, there are 2 empty ones.



Since: Jul 12, 2010
Posted on: November 22, 2011 7:43 am
 

Pats kick off cupcake cruise to AFC's top seed

yaaa



Since: Feb 23, 2008
Posted on: November 22, 2011 7:36 am
 

Pats kick off cupcake cruise to AFC's top seed

You do realize that the Jets play 12 of the same games that the Patriots do, right? And two of the other games are Patriots vs Jets. So that means that your schedules are almost exactly the same, and in theory the Patriots should have a tougher schedule because they play the division winners in the North and South from last year, while the Jets don't. It's not Goodell's fault that the Colts suck this year. And even if the Patriots do lose in the first round, they'll still have done better than the Jets, who have no chance of making the playoffs. For the record, I'm not a Patriots fan, and I think that the Ravens will represent the AFC in the Super Bowl. However, your post is just dumb.



Since: Feb 2, 2008
Posted on: November 22, 2011 6:55 am
 

Pats kick off cupcake cruise to AFC's top seed

8ball..."The Pats are always getting the easiest road to the playoffs???" Seriously???  Come on, Brian, the Patriots and Jets have essentially the same schedule with the exception that New England have the Steelers and Colts and the Jets have the Ravens and Jaguars this year.  The schedules came out in early spring when teams like Philly, KC and Indy were widely consider playoffs teams. I'd argue that when the schedules came out the Jets look to have an easier schedule than the Patriots with Jacksonville instead of Indy.  With Manning out all year essentially there's no difference whether you play Jacksonville or Indy...their both have been horrible this year.  Let's see what the Jets do the rest of the way with their cupcake schedule before you go running off at the mouth again. Until then just remember the Jets got Tebow'd.



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: November 22, 2011 6:15 am
 

Pats kick off cupcake cruise to AFC's top seed

Brian8ball, every time you make a post I think-OK, he can't come up with a more ignorant post & then-There it is.Were you born stupid or are you self taught? Do us a favor & don't ever breed.There's not enough room in your mother's basemeny anyway.
I'm not sure how far the Patriots will go in the playoffs, but I'd be willing to bet no team is eager to play them in New England.



Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: November 22, 2011 5:50 am
 

Pats kick off cupcake cruise to AFC's top seed

Aren't the Patriots just two games ahead of the Jets (and Bills)? So if the Jets ran the table and the Pats went 3-3, that would mean the Jets would be one game ahead.

Of course the Patriots had home field advantage last year. Look where it got them. They also lost a playoff game at home two years ago. Haven't won a playoff game since the AFC Championship game the year they lost to the Giants in the Super Bowl.


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