2011 NFL Playoff Preview: The New England Patriots and Some Other Teams

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2011 NFL Playoff Preview: The New England Patriots and Some Other Teams
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83 percent of the teams in this postseason have the look of a second-round loser or what you might find in a Nevada truck stop bathroom. Just how it's always been. Just how the NFL wants it.

Anybody can win on Any Given Sunday (mostly because everybody's just so-so).

But that's okay in January when the number of games and teams dwindle each week and the competition and intensity increases until the cream rises. Eventually, we'll see who the one good team is this year - although we already have an indication who that team is.

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss: the New England Patriots. They are the ones the gods are smiling on, the ones with the brains and brawn and horseshoes. They have the playoffs surrounded like barbarians at the gate.

The Lombardi Trophy and all of the shimmering glory that comes with it is theirs to lose.

But that old, true cliche: on Any Given Sunday...the New England Patriots will probably win. That's how it goes, right?

Yes, someone could get hot, such as the 2007 New York Giants. Maybe the Jets put all of their immense talent and schemes and swagger together. Maybe Michael Vick recaptures what made him a one-man army earlier in the season. Maybe Matt Ryan or Aaron Rodgers announce their presence with authority.

On Any Given Sunday...the New England Patriots will probably win.

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