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Who’s the biggest threat to New England in AFC playoffs?

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The Patriots likely were happy to see the Ravens knocked out of the AFC playoff field. Baltimore, after all, is 2-2 at New England in the postseason. Of the five other AFC teams that have qualified for the playoffs, which one is the biggest threat to the Patriots?

That’s the PFT Live question of the day for Monday.

I’ll ask Tom Curran of CSN New England to answer the question when he joins the show at 7:35 a.m. ET. Until then, and after then, you can pick a winner of your own — and you can make your case in the comments.

Also joining the show will be Washington receiver Pierre Garςon. His team is still alive for the postseason, but Washington will need some help to get there for a second straight season.

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43 Responses to “Who’s the biggest threat to New England in AFC playoffs?”
  1. LyinRogerMustGo says: Dec 26, 2016 7:03 AM

    New England is. The only team that can beat them is themselves.

    🙂

  2. Flash1287 says: Dec 26, 2016 7:15 AM

    I would say the Steelers but Brady OWNS them

  3. pastabelly says: Dec 26, 2016 7:39 AM

    If the Patriots are the #1 seed, this would be their clearest path to the SB in any year since they had SD at home to get to the 2007 SB.

  4. dirtdawg54 says: Dec 26, 2016 8:13 AM

    29 people said the Texans? Oh dear.

  5. marima07 says: Dec 26, 2016 8:33 AM

    C’mon… who voted Texans???

  6. somethinsbruin says: Dec 26, 2016 8:41 AM

    NE owns Pitt. The correct answer to this pole is “themselves”

  7. arpy911 says: Dec 26, 2016 8:43 AM

    How deluded must you be to pick the Texans?

  8. joetoronto says: Dec 26, 2016 8:51 AM

    Everybody’s written off the Raiders but a tweak from 60-40 pass to run to 60-40 run to pass will make a huge difference.

    McGloin can throw the ball and they have a big time running game.

  9. refshavegottogo says: Dec 26, 2016 8:57 AM

    Something tells me the Chiefs would give them fits. The Steelers just don’t scare me especially at home.

  10. dj5501 says: Dec 26, 2016 8:59 AM

    I agree with the top post the pats are in complete control of the afc the only competion they have are themselves and unless they have a complete meltdown they should reach sb 51. The chiefs are on fire right now but like we learned last year they look great against mediocre teams but when it comes to foxboro they are knocked off the horse

  11. dadsource says: Dec 26, 2016 9:15 AM

    Steelers? My team, but they BARELY stopped the Ravens. Suspect run defense, average pass defense……would make it a game. The chiefs are a much more complete team and hitting their stride.

  12. churchofthehoody says: Dec 26, 2016 9:24 AM

    The League office…

  13. Don Humphrey says: Dec 26, 2016 9:44 AM

    Kansas City is the team that scares me

  14. patsfiend says: Dec 26, 2016 9:55 AM

    Chiefs look solid, but I gotta say the Steelers. Veteran team, been there before.

    They don’t seem to match up well against New England, but that’s what we said about Manning’s Colts for a long time before they started knocking off the Pats.

  15. patsfiend says: Dec 26, 2016 9:58 AM

    Gotta run the ball, take care of the ball, and get pressure up the middle with 4 to beat the Pats. Are any of the AFC teams capable of those things?

  16. screamingyellowzonkers says: Dec 26, 2016 10:05 AM

    Why aren’t the packers a choice?

  17. harrisonhits2 says: Dec 26, 2016 10:05 AM

    The Raiders would have been with Carr.

    Without him its a toss up between KC and the Raiders. The rest of the AFC riff raff are not much of a threat to the Pats.

  18. grogansheroes says: Dec 26, 2016 10:36 AM

    Personally, I think it’s the Chiefs. There are no weaknesses. Plus, a mobile QB gives them problems because they will not rush him like they do dropbacks QB’s. Usually they get all day long to throw, like they did with Wilson, Tannehill, and Taylor.
    That said, there is always the Andy Reid factor, that plays to an advantage to the Pats.

  19. drunkraider says: Dec 26, 2016 11:18 AM

    It would of been the Raiders with Carr, now i say Pit only because they can score on anybody. KC is a gimmick team, i dont see them fooling BB with their BS offense with capt check down.

    and dont write off the Fish, they have been playing solid ball, this weeknd will tell show us if they are ready to compete with the pats.

  20. tedmurph says: Dec 26, 2016 11:52 AM

    There’s a significant gap between the Pats and the rest of the NFL, never mind the AFC. Please Tom, when you’re on the podium, do it. Just do it. I’m beggin ya.

  21. onemorethentherest says: Dec 26, 2016 12:14 PM

    dadsource says:
    Dec 26, 2016 9:15 AM
    Steelers? My team, but they BARELY stopped the Ravens. Suspect run defense, average pass defense……would make it a game. The chiefs are a much more complete team and hitting their stride.

    7 7
    Report comment

    Ignorance runs deep with you guys….. Remember when you guys went 16-0 and lost to a measly 9-7 giants team. 16-0 vs 9-7…… How’d that turn out?

  22. onemorethentherest says: Dec 26, 2016 12:18 PM

    And since the NFL allowed one defender on the field with a radio in his helmet… Not allowing to New England to tape signals anymore( not like it gave them an advantage is what we were told) well since then, the almighty Patriots have went 8-6 in the Playoffs, pretty mediocre lol. And since your Dynasty…. You guys have won once out of 11 tries…… You guys are good and all…. Just not invincible like you claim

  23. ihatedansnyder says: Dec 26, 2016 12:44 PM

    Every time I want to question and scream at Belichick, I have to restrain myself.

    1. Not re-sign Revis? right move, he’s done

    2. Trade Jamie Collins? Defense is better than ever and at least we got a pick before he left for free agency.

    3. Play an injuried Gronk against the Jets now gone for season? No problem, we’ll scheme it up the rest of the way.

    Not the Lombardi trophy, should be named the Belichick trophy.

    Nobody is going to beat this team either in the AFC or NFC. You would be a fool to bet against it.

  24. xiiprestige says: Dec 26, 2016 1:31 PM

    Chiefs, pats are not as good as ppl think they are. They had like the 4th easiest schedule this year.

  25. lackofabetter says: Dec 26, 2016 1:33 PM

    Pats fans sure do talk a lot of smack

  26. pats14 says: Dec 26, 2016 1:41 PM

    lackofabetter says:
    Dec 26, 2016 1:33 PM

    Pats fans sure do talk a lot of smack

    *****************************

    It’s hard to be humble when you’re as great as we are…

  27. jahromeblog says: Dec 26, 2016 2:45 PM

    True…the Pats are 7-3 versus the Steelers since Ben came into the league.

    But I am encouraged by the way the Steelers have been playing specifically on defense as well as how the Steelers played the Pats earlier this year. Steelers had to settle for 3x field goals in that game. Could have easily been 21 points with a healthy Ben in the lineup instead of Landry Jones.

    With that said…The Pats could face a very dangerous KC Chiefs in the divisional round. The Pats will only see the Steelers in the AFC Championship. Both the Chiefs and Steelers are good enough to beat the Pats.

  28. ibillwt says: Dec 26, 2016 3:01 PM

    Glad to see ravens out. Steelers have great talent and overall excellent org. Can beat pats but Tomlin weak link -makes a lot of stupid mistakes under pressure.

  29. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Dec 26, 2016 5:58 PM

    Unless Manning comes from retirement, no other QB has a playoffs winning record against the Patriots in the Belichick era. No other QB and team stand a chance.

  30. jahromeblog says: Dec 26, 2016 6:42 PM

    The Broncos beating the Pats had more to do with their top ranked defense than Manning.

    The Pats beating the Seahawks was a gift…the outcome was due to stupid coaching.

    The Pats have lost 11x games in the past 3 years. A remarkable record. But a record that shows they can and have been beaten.

    Ben doesn’t have a winning record against Brady. But he has beaten him before. Ben has also outplayed Brady in losing efforts. Note that Ben has played in 3x Super Bowls during the Belichick era.

    Go Steelers…a team no one wants to face in the playoffs.

  31. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Dec 26, 2016 7:23 PM

    The Broncos beating the Pats had more to do with their top ranked defense than Manning.

    The Pats beating the Seahawks was a gift…the outcome was due to stupid coaching.

    The Pats have lost 11x games in the past 3 years. A remarkable record. But a record that shows they can and have been beaten.

    Ben doesn’t have a winning record against Brady. But he has beaten him before. Ben has also outplayed Brady in losing efforts. Note that Ben has played in 3x Super Bowls during the Belichick era.

    Go Steelers…a team no one wants to face in the playoffs.

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    I fail to see how Manning scoring twice as many TDs as Brady in the AFCC game last year, “more to do with their top ranked defense”. As far as Ben, he lost to Tebow in the playoffs and only managed one playoff win since then. Big Ben better worry about getting past Miami before worrying about the Patriots because it is not at all guaranteed.

  32. thechickenexpress says: Dec 26, 2016 7:38 PM

    The Chiefs. They don’t make a lot of mistakes. They play good D. And while Smith may not be a world-beater, he’s the kind of mobile QB who tends to give NE’s defense fits. I wouldn’t bet on the Chiefs at Gillette. But I’d probably take them to cover what probably would be 7-point spread.

  33. orrnumberfour says: Dec 26, 2016 11:39 PM

    lackofabetter says:
    Dec 26, 2016 1:33 PM

    Pats fans sure do talk a lot of smack

    *****************************

    It’s hard to be humble when you’re as great as we are…

    ______________________

    Well, we ARE humble.

    We don’t think we rule the world….

    ….. just the NFL. 🙂

  34. ringtheleveonbell says: Dec 27, 2016 12:50 AM

    patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Dec 26, 2016 7:23 PM
    The Broncos beating the Pats had more to do with their top ranked defense than Manning.

    The Pats beating the Seahawks was a gift…the outcome was due to stupid coaching.

    The Pats have lost 11x games in the past 3 years. A remarkable record. But a record that shows they can and have been beaten.

    Ben doesn’t have a winning record against Brady. But he has beaten him before. Ben has also outplayed Brady in losing efforts. Note that Ben has played in 3x Super Bowls during the Belichick era.

    Go Steelers…a team no one wants to face in the playoffs.

    ———————-

    I fail to see how Manning scoring twice as many TDs as Brady in the AFCC game last year, “more to do with their top ranked defense”. As far as Ben, he lost to Tebow in the playoffs and only managed one playoff win since then. Big Ben better worry about getting past Miami before worrying about the Patriots because it is not at all guaranteed.

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    How is Tebow any way related to these playoffs?

  35. djscottyb says: Dec 27, 2016 1:19 AM

    Tell that to Brady.
    Goodell vs Brady and the NFL won.

    The Pats are a strong organization with a masterful HC and an ageless talented QB. They have a knack for getting the most from their players.

    That said, they are only 3-3 in the last 6 games against my lowly Fins.
    This Saturday is the 100th meeting between the 2 teams.
    Miami leads the series 52-47.
    They backed into a SB win vs. Seattle when their HC outsmarted himself with an ill advised pass called near the goal line.
    They did lose to the Giants in the SB.
    Sometimes their ego gets in the way of their dominance.

  36. jahromeblog says: Dec 27, 2016 1:25 AM

    Great? Rule the world? Ok. But I lost count of the number of recent AFC Championships / Super Bowl losses of the Pats….

  37. ZULU Agency says: Dec 27, 2016 7:29 AM

    as a Dolphins fan….

    the only thing that can beat Brady is generating pressure + inside pressure with your base 4 man front

    that eliminates the Steelers.
    the only teams that can do that: Chiefs & Dolphins

    The Dolphins are ultra injury plagued and weak
    at LB and SS/FS – so Brady will eat them with TEs and quick throws like Baltimore did and the pass rush cant get home

    – that leaves KC, and KC only
    they might cause the Pats to break a sweat

    but honestly this year has the feel of a Pats year, I dont see a team in the NFC either.

  38. majormalphunktion says: Dec 27, 2016 9:16 AM

    Go Steelers…a team no one wants to face in the playoffs.

    ——————————————————–
    As long as your coach rolls out the same old defense year in and year out–you won’t beat the Pats.
    On paper it always looks like a good matchup, Pitt always has killer talent, this year is no exception, but there is a lack of creativity that when they go up against the 2 B’s hurts them.
    Remember one of your win’s was against Cassel, another when the whole defense was not playing, and Pitt has never beaten BB after Dec 1.

    OAK
    —————————————————
    Not a chance. Backup in Foxboro in the playoffs? 60% running and trying to keep up with a Brady offense? Blowout.

    KC
    —————————————————-
    This is the real problem. Balanced team, limited mistakes.

    Fins
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    Backup QB…again…nope.

    Tex
    ——————————————————
    Not this year. This team does have some of the DNA to be great, but injuries and QB play hurt them. No Watt, no Win in Foxboro.

  39. jahromeblog says: Dec 27, 2016 9:16 AM

    Interesting assessment. The only way the Pats can meet the Steelers in the playoffs is in the AFC Championship due to seeding. Pats will very likely have to beat KC. I believe the Chiefs can win that game and give them more than a sweat.

    The Steelers will beat Miami at home. I also believe they will beat the Raiders.

    In these scenarios….KC will play the Steelers in the AFC Championship..in Pittsburgh. I will take Pittsburgh at home against any team….

  40. justphinbaby says: Dec 27, 2016 3:30 PM

    Miami is on a hot streak and will coming for the Patriots this weekend, playing all their starters in hopes that SD beats the Chiefs and they end up with the 5th Seed.

    Keep in mind that the Dolphins beat NE last year on the final game of the year costing them Home Field thoughout the playoffs! I think we all know that more times than not, if you go thru NE in the playoffs, The Pats usually make it to the SB. When they dont play at home they dont have the same success.

    Also I think it will be a good barometer for where this Dolphins team stacks up against the elite teams in the AFC.

    Im not expecting a Dolpins Super Bowl, but I recall an OK Patriots team get lucky in 1985 and make it all the way to the big game and got their butts kicked against Chicago.

    If i recall correctly the Pats got super lucky on a bunch of turnovers in all 3 of their games leading up to the SB.

    4 turnovers against the Jets, 6 against the Raiders and 6 against the Dolphins!!!

    16 turnovers in 3 games!!!! YOU NEVER KNOW!!!!

  41. steel2372 says: Dec 27, 2016 6:31 PM

    I gotta say the Steelers. Steelers are looking solid right now. Running game is clicking and passing game is coming together. Bell is a beast.

  42. trybhumble says: Dec 27, 2016 9:16 PM

    Steelers fans fails to see the team’s play related to the adversary in turn and hail the beating of a mediocre rival as proof of solid performance. To beat the bills and ravens doesn’t mean anything. When you faced the cowboys and Pats you fell, period. But if you want to delude your self, have at it. Just don’t hide later.

  43. ibillwt says: Dec 29, 2016 10:54 AM

    Now let’s see, which team has the best WR, best RB, and a QB with two rings? I’d say Pittsburgh worries me most. Saving grace might be that their head coach can be a bonehead at game management.

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