Pro Bowl Player
It may not be what fans want to hear this year. But this season I seethe Patriots as the ultimate gatekeeper. They are just good enough to not have a chance (unless Jones is literally a second Brady in year 2 form come playoffs.)13 IS contending. I think they were very generous to New England - in two places ranking teams behind them and noting a tough schedule for those teams, they called New England a playoff team from last year
I see them as being at the top of the 'not quite a true dark horse' tier. Anyone better has an outside shot. Now if Jones hits amd we improve our WR core just a tad next year while pretty much maintaining everything else... Look out.