Not only have the Patriots regained the second spot in the AFC, they have put themselves in position to potentially get the top seed because they hold that all-important head-to-head win over Denver.
New England’s remaining schedule looks a lot easier than it once did: at Houston this week, hosting the Browns, travel to Baltimore and Miami, then close with the Bills at home.
The games against the Ravens and Dolphins aren’t gimmes by any stretch, and both teams play the Patriots tough. As was reinforced Sunday night, however, anything is possible, including the Patriots running the table and putting themselves in prime postseason position. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.