There are four AFC teams better than anyone in the NFC, although New Orleans seems to be for real. The patriots have been playing one game at a time, yet focusing on the playoffs, for the entire season. We are now at our best. Sure, it would be great to have a healthy Harrison and/or Jackson, or a couple not have gone to IR. However, in the end, the injuries are not hurting us now, with the possible exception of Seau. But without Seau's injury, Banta-Cain would not have had the opportunity to step up. The offense is operating on all cylinders. As many said all season, two starters would emerge at WR for the playoffs, and Troy would be the #3 with a few key clutch catches, helped out by the TE's. The OL is indeed the best since Hannah played, as long as we include Graham as part of the OL. The defense has been awesome all year. Wright played well at NT, but it is great to have Wilfork back. We again have the best front seven in the game. Our secondary has done all that has been asked of them. The various special teams have greatly improved over last year. Red zone efficiency on both sides of the ball is unbelievable! Are we better than San Diego and Baltimore? We'll see! They also have great teams! It is awesome to be able to believe that this team can actually get better next year!