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If the Patriots could play the kind of defense they played for most of their game against Pittsburgh all season, I would be saying that they might as well start printing the papers, making the t-shirts, and prepping the Lombardi Trophy housing, because the Super Bowl would be all but locked up for New England.
As it stands, the Patriots still have a good shot at getting there. They have one of the best offenses in the league, with Tom Brady at the head and running backs BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Danny Woodhead helping to remake the Patriots running game.
The defense, however, has not followed suit. Some weeks it seems like it would be better off taking the day to study its playbooks.
The Pats are still a dangerous team nonetheless. They are poised to take home the AFC East title on their way to a championship run (Yes, Jets fans, I am assuming that the Patriots will beat the Jets. Such is life).