Re: Pats are ONE of THREE Teams in AFC with a winning record.
posted at 10/23/2012 11:36 PM EDT
In response to patsbandwagonsince76's comment:
In response to Paul_K's comment:
Baltimore has a winning record but I wouldn't expect more than an 8-8 record with the team they have today. At this point the Jets are a bit better than Baltimore. Pittsburgh might take the AFC North, although they aren't playing any better than Baltimore and they are just as old.
Two up and coming teams are 3-3 Denver and 3-3 San Diego. I have them at third and fourth in the AFC. Denver will do well as long as Peyton Manning's neck doesn't fall off, but that's still a serious if. San Diego strikes me as the steadier team.
So, the door is open if the 4-3 Patriots want to go through. A first round bye is probable.
As far as securing homefield advantage throughout the playoffs, I have Houston as a 3.4 point underdog when they visit New England. If New England can win that partidular game, if New England can manage to pick up one other game on Houston in the next 9, and if an aging Baltimore slowly folds up in a heap, that's the homefield.
Except for New England and possibly Houston, there aren't any good AFC representatives for the Super Bowl.
I agree about Denver and SD as up there. How about Miami? I think they are the other dangerous team in the AFC east and have been getting better and better.
Yeah I agree with you on Miami. They are quietly giving teams fits and improving .