Link for 12-29 – AFC East Champions
Despite one of the most rollercoaster seasons the Pats have had in a long time, the drubbing of the Jags yesterday meant that we are, once again, AFC East Champions. This has been a challenging few months for the Patriots but they really seem to be rounding into form now, when it matters most. Brady is playing better, the D is thriving under the new and simplified schemes, the O Line is playing really well and Faulk, Taylor, Morris and Maroney have given the Patriots a respectable running game. To be sure questions remain: Who is the third receiver? Can Maroney get those tough yards at the goal line without fumbling? How will the young defense hold up in the playoffs? Answers to these questions will go a long way towards determining if the Patriots have a real chance to hoist the Lombardi trophy again this year. What we do know about the team is that they are hungry and they have heart. The enthusiasm I saw on the field last Sunday will certainly help them going forward. That, combined with the best coach in the NFL, makes them a scary team in the playoffs – even if they may not be the most talented on paper. Should be fun to watch!
Now, if you are a fan of any of the teams on the bubble, ESPN has a great rundown of exactly what you need to have happen to make it to the playoffs. Good luck sorting it all out! So who will the final 2 in the AFC be? For my money, I think Denver and Baltimore will be those lucky teams to sneak in. But we shall see.