Patriots climb up the AFC standings on their lazy Sunday off

When the New England Patriots prepared yourself to deal with the Atlanta Falcons last Thursday, they had a 6-4 record, and they were the six-seed in the AFC following their 45-7 thrashing of the Cleveland Browns. New England did its part with a 25-0 shellacking of Matt Ryan’s offense, which pressed them approximately the AFC four-seed, and after that, it depended on Costs Belichick and his group to view and wait to see what occurred Sunday.

Initially, there were the AFC East-leading Buffalo Expenses, who got poleaxed by the Colts, as running back Jonathan Taylor set a franchise record with 5 overall goals versus what had actually been the NFL’s finest offense. That put the Patriots atop the department, the Expenses to 6-4, and the Patriots approximately the three-seed. Then, the Tennessee Titans, the AFC’s one-seed, lost to the Texans, 22-13, as Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill tossed 4 interceptions, and Tennessee’s typically stout defense laid a series of dinosaur eggs. Had the Baltimore Ravens not directly left the Chicago Bears with a 16-13 win, things might have gotten truly fascinating, as New England would have leapfrogged Baltimore with the much better record.

Think who the Patriots deal with next Sunday? That would be the abovementioned Titans, and if the abovementioned Titans lose that video game, and the Ravens lose to the Browns, the Patriots would go from the six-seed to the top of the AFC in a matter of 2 weeks.

We’re utilized to Belichick enjoying and waiting as the season rolls along, and his groups fuming at the correct time. Recently, he offered among his trademarked five-minute responses when asked whether he understands his group much better now than he did when the season began.

“Of course you know more about your team in October than you know in September. More in November than you do in October. As things declare, as you get more experience with your team and your players and how they all fit together, and then along with that, sometimes, you have some lineup changes, whether that could be a player coming back, a player who is not in the lineup who was there earlier that you have to make adjustments or some kind of compensation for. That’s all part of weekly coaching, game planning in the NFL. That happens all the time, but you learn more about your team as you go further down the road.

“I think each year has its own dynamics. Each team develops its own unique way. Sometimes there’s carry over, sometimes there isn’t, or there’s similarities. Sometimes I don’t know if you know that until it’s all over. Sometimes you just have to take it week-by-week, try to figure out what that specific year, this year’s team, what we need, what we need to do. Things that we’re maybe fairly good at that we want to try to build on. Things that we’re not so good at that we need to improve or maybe get rid of and do something else. I think, really, it’s something that you kind of have to take week-by-week, and, whenever you add it all up, you can add it all up and look back on it. It’s a lot more in the moment than it is us thinking about, ‘Well, this is where we want to be five weeks from now.’

God, I don’t even know who we play five weeks from now. I don’t even know who’s going to be playing five weeks from now. A lot could change between now and then, so it’s kind of hard to look at it that way, but you do want to keep improving every day, every week, and certainly at a later point in the season. Hopefully, some of the work that we’re doing now will pay off.”

If you think that Belichick doesn’t understand who the Patriots play 5 weeks from now, I have a bridge to offer you someplace in Framingham. In any occasion, as our own Mark Schofield just recently composed, the Patriots are now that things in the mirror that’s closer than it appears.

Once Again. Undoubtedly.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.