Well, what could go wrong? Easy schedule, dominant offense and an improving defense make for a great shot at the playoffs.
The AFC East is crumbling, so the Pats have a straight shot at conquering the division.
All the same, the Pats may not make the playoffs. In six weeks, much can go wrong.
And if it does, that's not good.
That's bad, very bad.
See that look on Tom Brady's face? That's fear, pure fear.
He knows what will happen to the Pats if he goes out: a quick slide into a 6-10 record. I don't doubt the skill of Brian Hoyer or Ryan Mallett, but I doubt they could compensate for the weak secondary like Brady can.
A Wes Welker injury would lose the Patriot their No. 1 mismatch. His speed ensures that the best cornerbacks are automatically assigned to him, allowing Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez to wreak havoc with their mismatches.
An injured Vince Wilfork would end the Patriot rush defense success, the best thing that they do on defense. An injury to longtime-Patriot Patrick Chung would destroy the secondary completely.
The Bills have only won two out of their last seven games, but they could rally for the next six—one of which is at Gillette.
Assuming the Pats lose the rest of their games, they are out!
The Fins have won their last three games, and talk has emerged of a 9-7 finish.
And once again, one of these games is against the Patriots.
I doubt that any of the four factors will happen, but even one could destroy the hopes of a Super Bowl for the Patriots.
Combined, they are the perfect storm to knock the Patriots out of the playoff contest.
Personally, I plan on seeing the Pats rematch the Steelers in the AFC Championship. Whether they win or lose, the season will be a victory.
Anything less is a sore defeat.