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    Lots of posts doubting we will get in. Too tough, we need to win out and need help along they way.

    But, IF we do get in....is there a team that scares you??

    Tenn.......we can beat that team, look at their schedule and their team, I think they are very beatable.

    Colts...sure we are ridiculously injured compared to when we last played and should have beaten them.....but, they have their own injury issues and are also not what they were. We can beat them too.

    Ravens...great "D" but our "O" is not too shabby and we can stop them.

    Steelers....as long as we get up on them as we should have in Foxboro, we can beat them.

    Broncos - we know that offense, we practice against it all the time and while they are better than when we killed them, we can beat them again.

    Jets - please, I realize playing them means we are wild card and that is not likely, but we would kill them.

    Dolphins - same as Jets, we are a better team and would win.

    Looking to the NFC.....give me a rematch with the Giants, PLEASE.

    About the only team that really scares me right now - Carolina Panthers.

    Thoughts??
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    Re: Let's say we DO get into the playoffs......

    the colts and jets can throw the ball, and the patriots are not very good at pass defense so I would be affraid of the Jets and the colts.

    But our recent games against them and the fact that matt cassel is a pretty good QB gives me hope.
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    Re: Let's say we DO get into the playoffs......

    I would be worried about the Titans, Steelers, and Colts. Titans have a tough all-around defense and Chris Johnson is a mismatch against our defense. Steelers for reasons we already saw this season, their pass rush is ferocious. Colts have a fast defense that seems to give the Patriots fits, and Manning can lead his offense down the field at will.
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    Re: Let's say we DO get into the playoffs......

    Oh yes .. The jets can throw the ball .. remember 3rd and fuggin 15 .. ?
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    Re: Let's say we DO get into the playoffs......

    Nobody....... and everybody.

    There ain't a team in the NFL that the Patriots can't beat if the Patriots execute. There won't be a team in the playoffs that is not capable of beating the Patriots if the other team executes.
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    Re: Let's say we DO get into the playoffs......

    You're a gigantic homer with a completely biased and unrealistic view of the National Football League. No offense.
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    Re: Let's say we DO get into the playoffs......

    Not one team really scares me in particular. The Giants did before losing Plax but now not so much.

    The part that scares me is the Pats having to beat 4 great teams in a row, when we haven't put together a solid win streak this whole season. With all the bonehead errors we seem to pull in the tough games it's hard to see us going all the way. It's possible if the team can focus game in game out the way they used to, but that focus just doesn't seem to be there this year. We shall see though.
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    Re: Let's say we DO get into the playoffs......

    Thoughts - we'll be a very different team by then, if we're in. We'll be riding a three game win streak, and depending what rumors you listen to, might have some of the walking wounded back closer to full strength. And of course... anything (cough, NYGiants, cough,) can happen.

    Where would I put the odds of a SB run? Way on the outside. But sometimes you do draw the inside straight... so for christ's sake, until it's over, I wish we'd stop coming up with pronouncements that it is.
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    Re: Let's say we DO get into the playoffs......

    I am a homer (and proud of it), but, I am also a realist. I am well aware of our weaknesses, worrisome defensive backfield, injury plague with LB'ers spreading to "D" line and proclivity to pull a Buress at any moment (shooting themselves in the foot/leg).

    However, the purpose of the post was to look at our strengths and opponents weaknesses as opposed to the other way around which is what the haters and negative folks seem to like to do around here these days.

    Care to show me your "unbiased" and "realistic" view of the NFL?

    And your wrong about offense, we really do have a VERY good offense and it's clicking on all cylinders. Maybe, just maybe, well enough to get us into the playoffs and beyond.
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    if we make it to the playoffs, all we need is superman to show up in our front 7 and we can easily win the championship. anyone friends with jorell
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    Any team with a vowel in its name, the way our injuries are. But it could be a wonderful Cinderella season, just like 2001. Nobody would expect us to win, we might fly in under the radar like the Giants (God forsake them) last year.
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    The only team I would not want to face in the playoffs would be the Colts. A match up with the Steelers would also be very tough.
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    If the Pats get in as a wild card most likely the Jets who I think they can beat again as they did and the most likely the Titans. They are physical. but can be beaten. If it's the Division crown, could be Maimi, Jets or Ravens. With home field it's all OK. Then the Steelers bring them on.
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    Re: Let's say we DO get into the playoffs......

    Agreed, except it'd actually be a 4-game winning streak. We'd be a hot football team entering the playoffs when the odds were stacked against our team getting there. We'd basically be playing with house money at that point.
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    I guess it depends who you define scared - there isn't a team I think the Pats have no chance against. So if that is how you define scared, then none.

    If you define scred as a team I think would have an excellent chance to beat the Pats in a 1 game situation- then every playoff team and numerous non-playoff teams are scary.
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    "Let's say we DO get into the playoffs..."

    Then we're FAHKED!
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    To me the Colts and Steelers of the last number of weeks have looked head and shoulders above the rest of the AFC. Manning rounding into form makes the Colts as dangerous as ever, and the Steelers D is making plays at an unreal rate.

    I remain as unconvinced by Baltimore (rookie QB will still be rookie QB), Tenn (weeks 16 and 17 could convince me), NYJ (defense, pass defense especially), Miami (as average as average can be), Denver (dangerous in one-off games) as I do by our Patriots (3rd down defense, 1 year starter at QB).
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    I favor the more pshyical, pound it out teams than I do the great offenses in a matchup. Passing offenses will kill us.
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    No argument here - Steelers & Colts are the teams to beat.

    That said, we had the Colts until we gave it way (assuming we could have stopped their final drive - big assumption) and we had the Steelers for the first half until we were unable to convert countless opportunities and then turn the ball over 5 freaking times.

    Colts...Manning as scary as it gets, but, their running game is not strong and they have "O" line problems. Jeff Saturday has been in and out all year. Their "D" is very banged up with a weak secondary.

    Steelers - scary "D" but not unbeatable, IF you make them play from behind. Get a lead on them and they cannot play Blitzburgh anymore as they must respect the running game. Also, getting up on them forces Big Ben into situations he often screws up.

    IF we get into the playoffs and IF we advance to play these teams, of course we would be 7-10 point underdogs.

    Lots of IFs above, but I wouldn't ever bet against NE.
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    If this team wins out, and gets in, than anything is possible.
    The comments about being hot going in, and playing with house money at that point are dead-on.
    Winning the next 3, 2 of which are on the road, in december, would really strenghthen this team IMO. The new infusion of vet leadership (Colvin & Seau) should help.

    So, theoretically, what I'm saying is that the Pats team that wins out and makes the playoffs will be a stronger team than the team we are seeing right now.
    With that in mind, I think we could go deep, IF we get in.
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    Probably the Colts, but watch out for the Ravens if Flacco is really on and McGahee is ever used properly.
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    Considering a wild card team often wins the Super Bowl (Pitt, Indy, Balt, NYG to name a few in the last 8 years), I think it is reasonable for any team entering the playoffs to say: "IF WE EXECUTE, we can win the superbowl".

    However, since that statement is true for all 12 playoff teams, it is really a matter of who can actually execute for 4 (or 3) games in a row under high pressure.

    Can Belichick scheme well enough - of course - he's the best ever at it. But the same can not be said for Oneil , Wilhite, Guyton, Gaffney, Colvin, Sanders and Jordan. These characters are just too weak to make it happen this year.
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    I agree Pitts Indy are the real teams that are on a roll...I agree with fgsand and his opinions of these teams...With teh Steelers...the Pats played them an donly mistakes on their OWN part prevented a large lead at the half...10 points minimum...and you get 10 ahead and that Pitts D is not the same as leading... Same with the Colts...they have issues as well..although are on a streak now..THAT is why I really think this team can get in and do something...but first things first OAKLAND!!!
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    Check out 2001 Patriorts roster please.....
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    Re: Let's say we DO get into the playoffs......

    Except the Jets have a worse pass defense than the Pats do. As bad as the Pats' pass defense has been, the Jets have been ten times worse. I like the Pats' chances to win a high scoring affair with the Jets. The Pats would have probably won the last time they met if Watson didn't fumble with no one touching him, Koppen didn't have a bad snap, and/or the Pats won coin flip in overtime.

    As for the Colts, their offense has been sputtering as of late. They might be able to do something against the Pats, but I still think the Pats can keep it close like last time and possibly win.
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    Although I am not crazy about the Pats chances in the playoffs, I think no one other than the Steelers and Titans have been playing anything near consistently.

    I still don't get how people think the Colts are playing well. They nearly lost to the Browns. If a stripped ball recovered for a TD didn't happen (the strip fumble was all defense, but it was a little luck for the bounce to a guy who could pick it up for a clear shot for the endzone), the Brown win that game. They played like crap against Houston twice. The Colts aren't playing good football right now, but they are stepping up at the right times to win the game (to their credit). But can they win that way in the playoffs?
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    Translation : wildcard teams making it past you-know-who :D
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    If we do make it, I won't be too concerned with the opponents. I'll figure that Cassel is managing an offense that is executing each gameplan. And as long as someone on D is stepping up and making plays -- I'll remain hopeful. There are many ways to win one game (see Seattle). As fans, enjoy the journey...
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    none of those teams may scare you, but I have a feeling there is a lote of homerism and bias in that opinion.

    Let me spin it this way, I don't think any of those teams would necessarily be afraid to play New England. In fact, they may be the matchup that they are rooting for.
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    i agree. We can say we couldve beaten the colts if not for X,beat the steelers if not for Y but isnt every win or loss in sports like that ? How many games have we won which shouldnt have if the other did do something different.
    This isnt last yr or even before's new england team. We are a mash unit and running out bodies to put on the field. getting into the playoffs will be an achievement IMO.
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