I know it's currently considered cool to make bravado-based Pats playoff comments
" I don't care who the Pats play - as long as we play at our best we can beat anybody ".
Right now that very same retread drivel is being used by at least a half dozen other NFL teams' fan bases .
It's usually spewed out by cliche' flingin' fans that don't understand the historical significance of having home field advantage / weaker opponents - as it relates to hoisting the Lombardi trophy .
Here's my wish - list ( realistic ) for the Pats playoff run :
Texans lose at Indy
Broncos beat KC
( Denver will sooner cut Manning and resign Tebow than lose to KC )
Pats get 2nd seed and first round BYE .
Wild Card Weekend
Colts lose at Baltimore
Bengals lose at Houston
Pats get to face Shaubs' Scrubs for 2nd time in a month
Broncos must face a possibly resurrected ( and definitely healthier) Ravens squad -
Who knows...Maybe the good Flacco shows up in Denver ?
Ravens win at Denver
Pats get Texans in Foxboro
So instead of travelin' to face Peyton Manning in the AFC Championship game - the Pats stay home and again greet Joe Flacco ( hopefully the bad one ) for a return trip to the SB .
OR Plan B
( where us most-macho fans get our wish granted by takin' the tough road )
Smash mouth game vs Gino Atkins' Bengals D
Pats should win ( hopefully nobody gets hurt)
Trip to Denver to face a well rested Peyton Manning & Co.
Tough game - but we own Manning
( plus we always win in Colorado ...right ?)
Away game in Houston.
No problem .
( Pretty sure visiting teams typically fair very well in Conference Championship games ...might have to double-check tho , I'll get back to you )
If Plan B gets us to the promised land - more power to you Pat's Chest Thumpers ...
No doubt it 'd be more exciting .
( after all - at it's core this game IS suppose to be ENTERTAINMENT )
But for me ,
I just want to experience ring #4 ...
and I'm old enough to know which path gives us the best chance to make it happen .
GO UD6's BOYS !