At least not this year. Let's analyze their schedule and see how they have fared. Game 1 vs Chiefs. 17-10W. They beat a pretty weak KC team. Game 2 vs Jets. 19-10W. They beat a Jets team with a QB that is still learning the system. Game 3 vs Dolphins. 38-13 loss. They get blown out by the Phins in an embarassment due to being unable to deal with the Wildcat formation. Game 4 vs 49ers. 30-21W. They beat a weak 9ers team. Game 5 vs Chargers. 30-19L. They get blown out by the Chargers. Game 6 vs Rams. 23-16W. They barely beat a pretty bad Rams team. Game 7 vs Colts. 18-15L. They get edged out by a Colts team that has not looked nearly as good as in previous years. Game 8 vs Bills. 20-10W. They beat a Bills team that has been looking worse and worse as the season progresses. Game 9 vs Jets. 34-31L. Cassel gets intoa shootout with Brett and has his breakout game, but the Pat's defense inability to get out of 3rd and long costs them all game long and especially in OT. Game 10 vs Dolphins. 48-28W. Cassel has another monster game to lead the Pats to the win but the defense still looks worrisome. Game 11 vs Steelers. 33-10L. A game that looked close at the half snowballed into a comedy of errors in the 2nd half as Steelers win this one in a laugher. Summary: Combined record of the teams that the Pats beat: 2-10, 8-4, 4-8, 2-10, 6-6, 7-5 = 29-43 = .403 win% Combined record of the teams that the Pats lost to: 7-5, 4-8, 8-4, 8-4, 9-3 = 36-24 = .600 win% Conclusion - The Pats win against mediocre and bad teams but they lose significantly more games against the stronger winning teams. This Pats team might be able to squeak into a wildcard, but based on their record against winning teams, I don't like their odds of getting by even the first round of the playoffs.