Re: Patriots have had harder Schedule than Broncos
posted at 10/3/2013 1:52 AM EDT
I"m not a fan of schedule-measuring contests.
The Broncos are clearly the real deal and an AFC title contender.
There are a handful of teams in the AFC that could challenge and beat them in a winner take all game.
From what I seeing now, I believe the Pats can be one of those teams. The loss of Wilfork will have to be overcome, and I believe we will need a healthy Gronk from whenever he comes back to the rest of the year. But I don't see any reason why it can't happen and why we couldn't play the Broncos in the AFC championship game - and win.
I expect the Broncos to be there and I expect it's likely we will be there too.
I have been hard on Belichick as I felt he put the season at some risk with this offensive personnel decisions, but the fact is we are 4-0 and it looks to me like:
1. Enough of the young receivers are going to stick to the wall
2. Especially if Gronk and Amendola can eventually play
3. Loss of Welker has been compensated for (Belichick is right that we didn't need Welker in the slot).
4. The defense should be excellent AS LONG AS Talib stays healthy
If we advance deep into the playoffs I will give Bill his due for this year's work. On the other hand if Edelman were to go down and Amendola not get back on the field, the Welker thing gets revisited all over again. If Welker beats us in the playoffs, that will raise questions also.
Right now I like where the team is headed and I'm not worried about the Broncos. If we round into shape we will be good enough.