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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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Since: Oct 25, 2006
Posted on: November 22, 2011 5:21 am
 

Pats kickoff cupcake cruise to AFC's top seed

"Same thing as the last 2 years,Goodall kisses Brady and BELLYCHOKE'S AZZ with an easy road to the playoffs.Pats go
ONE AND OUT AGAIN."

WHAT?!?  Do you even know how the schedule is crafted?  Apparently not, because I can tell from your post that you're clueless... let me fill you in:

-Every team plays each other team in their division twice, once at home and once away.

-Every team plays an entire other division in their conference.  In the case of the Pats this year (AND YOUR JETS, BTW), it's the AFC West.  Two of those are at home, two are on the road.

-Every team plays an entire division in the OTHER conference.  In the case of the Pats (AND JETS), it is the NFC East.  Two at home, two on the road.

-If a team finishes a year first in their division, they play the other two first place same-conference teams (for the Pats, Indy and Pitt).  Since the Jets finished second in the division last year, they play the two other AFC teams that finished in second place in their division, meaning Jacksonville and Baltimore.  Likewise for third place and fourth place teams.

So next time, before you just spew stuff that has nothing to do with reality, you might want to actually figure out the facts.



Since: May 2, 2010
Posted on: November 22, 2011 4:38 am
 

Pats kickoff cupcake cruise to AFC's top seed

The Pats can beat anyone in the AFC and the road to the SB will be going THRU Foxboro.
Note.. I said they CAN beat anyone. But Bellicheck needs to bring his A game in January. No more fooling around like the last 3 or 4 Januarys.


brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: November 22, 2011 4:27 am
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Posted on: November 22, 2011 4:13 am
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Since: Nov 22, 2011
Posted on: November 22, 2011 3:57 am
 

Pats kickoff cupcake cruise to AFC's top seed

Sounds like somebody is still mad that Big BAD Rex isnt the fortune teller he thought he was!



Since: Jan 20, 2007
Posted on: November 22, 2011 2:47 am
 

Pats kickoff cupcake cruise to AFC's top seed

Baltimore or Pittsburgh would give us problems. But we'd roll right through a Schaub-less Texans team or the Raiders. Our run D is fine. It's the seondary. We already whooped Oakland in their house.

Pittsburgh and Baltimore (and even the Jets if they got in) are the only teams we have to worry about in the AFC.



Since: May 28, 2009
Posted on: November 22, 2011 2:26 am
 

Pats kickoff cupcake cruise to AFC's top seed

Yep they have an easy schedule from here.  No worries, they stil have to play a good team in the playoffs.  A team that can throw and run will beat them every time.  The Pats offense is geared around Brady, Gronkowski, Welker, shut them down and guess what....  I for one can't wait unil NE plays Pitt, B-more. Oakland and Houston.  Those teams will chew them up.  Brady is a great QB in the pocket.  He can do nothing else to help his team once the pressure is on.. 


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Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: November 22, 2011 2:26 am
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