In case there was any doubt, the New England Patriots are really, really good.
It hasn’t always looked that way this season, but as we turn the calendar from November to December, the Patriots are where they so often have been over the last decade: At the top of the AFC.
Today’s 38-20 win over the Eagles in Philadelphia made it crystal clear that the Patriots are going to be a tough team to beat this postseason, with an explosive passing game and a defense that, while far from perfect, can make stops when it needs to.
The best player at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday, of course, was Tom Brady, who completed 24 of 34 passes for 361 yards, with three touchdowns and no interceptions. The Patriots’ passing game was fantastic.
The Patriots’ defense did give up 400 passing yards to Vince Young, but many of those yards were in garbage time, and for the most part the Patriots held Young in check when it counted. New England’s defense also had a great game plan for LeSean McCoy, who gained just 31 yards on 10 carries.
Right now, the Patriots look like the leading contenders to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl.