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Why We Were Foolish To Ever Doubt the New England Patriots' Postseason Status

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 13:  head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots looks on during their game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on November 13, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Andrew McCluskeyCorrespondent INovember 18, 2011

After back-to-back losses against the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Giants, many were questioning whether or not the New England Patriots would even be able to make the playoffs this year. 

At the time the Buffalo Bills were still on a hot streak that they had been riding since the start of the season and the New York Jets were still putting up wins. While the Patriots offense was still a threat to any team in the league, many were saying that New England's defense was just too bad for them to make any sort of a run. 

After Sunday's win against the Jets, the Patriots have reminded us why we should never doubt them. 

The Patriots had Jeff Tarpinian and Sterling Moore starting on defense against the Jets. This was the first career start for both players. 

Yet, regardless of the obvious lack of depth and lack of talent, New England held the Jets to 16 points. Mark Sanchez and Company aren't exactly a high-powered offense, but they have shown that they can put up points. Not to mention that the Patriots defense has been so bad this season, that they make just about every quarterback look good.

With their 37-16 victory the Patriots took control of the AFC East. Now, looking down the road at the rest of the schedule, it appears that they will have a very easy road to the playoffs. Some experts are even predicting that they could be the No. 1 seed in the AFC. 

Looking at the big picture now it seems silly that the Patriots' postseason hopes were ever in doubt.

The world we live in today is constant news and information all the time. Every move and event is analyzed to the point of exhaustion. It seems with the NFL, everyone's memory only lasts for one week. 

The media and some fanbases will write teams off the minute things go bad. All of the other facts and history goes right out the window. 

So after two rough weeks the Patriots appeared to be doomed in the media's eyes. 

The Patriots have been one of the best-run organizations in the league since the Krafts took over. They have done a fantastic job with the team and established the blueprint organization that many other teams have tried to follow. 

On the field, head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady have always kept this team's head above the water. Regardless of who else is on the team, the Patriots have found a way to win thanks to these two. 

After three Super Bowl wins and countless broken records you would think everyone else would catch on. 

As long as Brady and Belichick are in New England, the Patriots will be competitive. They will find a way to win games on Sundays and get to the postseason. 

Doubt it if you'd like, but I'm sure that by season's end they will prove the dissenters wrong once again. 

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