Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The Patriots have come a long way since Week 4, huh?

The Patriots are 10-3.  They have three games left--at home vs. the Dolphins, at the Jets and home vs. the Bills.  At this point people expect them to finish 13-3 and claim the top seed in the AFC.  Confidence is through the roof.

Even when they fell behind the Chargers 14-3 in San Diego on Sunday night, I still fully expected them to win the game:

After Week 4 when everybody thought the sky was falling following a 41-14 blowout loss in Kansas City, I posted a blog titled Postponing the Premature Patriots Panic.  I'm not going to say "I told you so" though, because even I never would have predicted this.  To me New England looked like a 9-7 team.

I was very concerned about their brutal out of division schedule, but in their last five games the Pats just went 4-1 against the Broncos, Colts, Lions, Packer and Chargers.  Those five teams have a combined record of 47-15 (a .758 winning percentage) against the rest of the NFL.

In Week 5 the Patriots knocked off the then 3-0 Bengals, and I wrote a piece sarcastically called The dropped interception that saved Tom Brady's career and extended the Patriots dynasty.  It's worth going back and reading again, because what was a joke could end up being 100% true.

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