Re: Patriots Benefit from Weak Schedule
posted at 11/9/2013 2:10 PM EST
In response to TexasPat's comment:
In response to anonymis' comment:
not gonna complain, as long as we win our division.
Really? I'm getting tired of hearing about how the AFC East is a "weak" division. The Jets are 5-4, with wins over quality teams, such as the Pats and Saints. Miami is 4-4, with wins over Indianapolis, Cleveland, and Cincinnati. The injury riddled Pats have beaten the Saints, 'Fins, and Jets. Buffalo has been a tough match-up all season, even though they have a losing record...and should have beaten the undefeated Chiefs last week.
Has the author of this bogus article checked out the other divisions? How strong is the AFC South, with the exception of the Colts? The NFC North has the Bengals and the Browns atop that division...as the Buzzards and Steelers are crashing and burning. The NFC East is a total joke. The NFC North is basically a division of three .500 teams, and one terrible team (Vikings). As stated above, the NFC South leader, the Saints, were beaten by both the Pats and Jets. Both Tampa and Atlanta suck...though Carolina is a tough, up and coming team.
In short, only the AFC West and NFC West can boast of being better divisions than the AFC East. That said, the next three Patriots' games, @ Carolina, at home vs. the Horseface, and @ Houston, will tell us much about our Boys in Blue. If the Pats can win two out of three of those games, with one of those wins coming over Denver, then the Pats must be considered as a serious SB contender.
The AFC East is actually looking pretty good this year, with a 13-10 record against other divisions. The Jets at 5-4 have the sixth best record in the AFC. The Dolphins at 4-4 are above average for a third-place team and the Bills at 3-5 have a better record than most last-place teams in other divisions.
The AFC North is actually still a good division . . . it's just that it's now the Bengals who are the tough team. The NFC South is let by the 6-2 Saints, followed by a scrappy and rising Panthers team. And the two teams the Pats face from the remaining AFC divisions are the Broncos (clearly a good team) and the Texans who haven't played well, but still can be dangerous.