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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: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: November 24, 2011 9:27 am
 

Pats kick off cupcake cruise to AFC's top seed

They have already beat Oakland & since the Raiders have all their WR injured, I don't see them making the playoffs.This is a team that lost to KC 28-0. NE also beat a good Dallas team.Sure Buffalo beat them by a FG, but with no Fred Jackson & Fitzpatrick at the helm, I expect a different result week 17.As for Denver-What good is a QB who can't throw the ball? If NE cant beat them they don't deserve to make the playoffs.I'm not saying the Pats are SB bound, but again-NO team wants to come to NE in the playoffs.The only threat to NE in the AFC,in my opinion,is the Ravens.I don't consider Houston a threat without Schaub & Pittsburgh is not the team they use to be, not to mention Bens broken thumb.

One more thing:Instead of copy & paste, try coming up with your own thoughts.(Not you chopjaw)



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: November 24, 2011 8:59 am
 

Pats kick off cupcake cruise to AFC's top seed

I did give you reasons.Vick may not even play & I highly doubt his ribs have healed.I don't care how well the Colts play VS NE.That's when they have Manning & he's out leaving the Colts at 0-10.The Redskins are easily in the top 5 worst teams in the NFL.Denver with Tebow are not on the rise.At 5-5 they are no match for the Patriots.Neither are the Dolphins.The Bills have lost Fred Jackson & have been exposed as the team they are:A bad one with a medocre QB.

No team has a cupcake schedule.Nevertheless NE has a very favorable one.If you are worried about ALL these teams, I contend you are NOT a Patriots fan!


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Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: November 23, 2011 5:13 am
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Since: Feb 2, 2008
Posted on: November 23, 2011 1:55 am
 

Pats kick off cupcake cruise to AFC's top seed

Brian, FYI, the Buccaneers won Superbowl XXXVII, which would mean they have the same amount of superbowl victories as do the Jets.  Again, check your facts.  The Buc's fan does have a point..."Playoff wins only matter when they win you a Superbowls".  As I stated in the past going 18-1 is meaningless because it didn't end with a superbowl victory. Unlike the Jets we in New England only consider a season sucessful when ends with a superbowl title.  Hope you found this information helpful.


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Posted on: November 23, 2011 1:31 am
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Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: November 23, 2011 12:39 am
 

Pats kick off cupcake cruise to AFC's top seed

How many Super Bowls for the Jets in the past decade..enough said Brian. Playoff wins only matter when they win you Super Bowls, and the Pats have three of those with Brady and BB driving the ship.


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Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: November 23, 2011 12:36 am
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Since: Jun 13, 2011
Posted on: November 22, 2011 11:56 pm
 

Pats kick off cupcake cruise to AFC's top seed

"THE PATS  CAN'T WIN WITHOUT CHEATING."

You know what's funny?  Since the "Spygate Scandal," New England's overall winning percentage has been far higher than previous to which...hell, 59 wins since they got "exposed" in September of 2007...pretty sure that's the most of any franchise in that time frame...but, yeah, they cheat...great retort...shouldn't you be cursing at other 12 years old over the internet on Halo or something??  Not too loudly though...don't want to wake mommy and daddy.



Since: Jan 12, 2011
Posted on: November 22, 2011 11:56 pm
 

Pats kick off cupcake cruise to AFC's top seed

So do you like green eggs and ham ?



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