The Patriots had an awesome weekend without even doing anything
Matt Stone/Boston Herald
As I've gotten older, I've found that some of my favorite weekends are the ones where I do absolutely nothing. No work, little movement, maybe take a drive to go get something to eat, etc.
I don't know how many people share that mindset. Maybe I'm just boring.
But the Patriots had that kind of weekend. They got to sit around and pretty much do nothing while a lot of other things fell into place for them.
The Bills, Dolphins, Broncos and Chiefs all lost and the Houston Texans (unfortunately) lost their budding star quarterback Deshaun Watson for the year, which all but eliminates them from the playoff picture.
I obviously don't like that Watson is done for the season, but I'm thankful I don't have to see Tom Brady get eaten alive by the Texans defense again.
And the Bills losing is huge, since they're now 5-3 and somehow a competent football team. The Pats now hold a one-game lead in the AFC East and still have yet to play Buffalo or Miami. So for the first time in as long as I can remember, locking up the division in early November may not happen.
However, At 6-2, the Patriots are now tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the best record in the AFC. New England, as is generally the case, controls its own destiny moving forward.
They essentially have a gimme this week too, going up against a Broncos team that just got eviscerated in Philadelphia yesterday. The Eagles lit the "No. 1 defense" up for 51 points. That...isn't good.
Reports are that Brock Osweiler will start for Denver. That...is also not good. But then again, no quarterback Denver could start would have scared me. Watching Osweiler crap all over himself will be a lot more fun than watching Trevor Siemian do it, though, since Osweiler bitched his way out of Denver, went to Houston and sucked and then couldn't land a job with the Browns.
Think about that for a second - the Cleveland Browns didn't want you. Only Taylor Swift has more failed relationships than they do.
In any case, the Patriots are sitting pretty right now. And for all the talk about how they haven't played up to expectations this year despite being 6-2, they're right where they should be.