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The Patriots aren't going to the Super Bowl this year

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    One game was enough for me to declare the Super Bowl lock New England Patriots aren't going to be the AFC Champs this year. 19-0 hype? Over. Edelman, gone. Amendola, hurt. Defense, now looking much worse with Hightower sidelined and Mitch Morse hurt as well.

    Of course this is early on. But that 42-27 loss to the Chiefs exposed the Patriots as a team that doesn't have their team figured out. Their offensive scheme is far from a well oiled machine. I think this team is going to miss Edelman much more than previously thought. He really was their chain mover. If Amendola can't stay healthy, that's a huge loss for Brady.

    I think we will see many games this year that are super close, and coaching will go a long way to determine if they can have a winning season, let alone make it all the way. Luckily for them they have Belichik and Brady. But I see the Chiefs, now winning 23 of their last 27 games, and the Steelers as the clear favorites in the AFC. Still would call the Pats #3, but that's not good enough to be a lock by any means. And they aren't really necessarily ahead of teams like Oakland or even Denver or Baltimore.

    Should be a really interesting year for the AFC.

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    I agree. They seemed to not have their team together last night, which is pretty telling for the Patriots. Most of the articles I saw leading up to the game were about 'How are the Chiefs going to win against the Patriots?'. Well, by not having Brady in the game and not having your team fully stocked.
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    Nothing like the Saints terrible D to get a team back on track. I still don't think they are the team to beat. The Saints defense is really just that bad.

    Here's their remaining schedule, and how I see it playing out:

    Texans - win
    Panthers - win
    Bucs - loss
    Jets - win
    Falcons - loss
    Chargers - win
    Broncos - loss
    Raiders - loss
    Dolphins - win
    Bills - win
    Dolphins - win
    Steelers - win
    Bills - win
    Jets - win

    That would make them an 11-5 team. Good enough for the playoffs, certainly. And good enough to win their cake division. But they benefit from an easy division and fairly easy schedule. I don't see them hanging with Denver or KC in the playoffs.