On Sunday afternoon, first place teams from Denver, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Detroit and New Orleans all lost games that at least loosened their grip on their leads.
On Sunday night, Indianapolis joined them but the team from New England did not. The Patriots joined the Cardinals as the only first place teams to defend their position and they did it with an overwhelming second half performance in a 42-20 victory. As a result, the Pats are in the top spot in the AFC and in position to be the top playoff seed if the winners of six straight games continue to take care of business over the next six games. Cornerback Darrelle Revis says that’s just what they’ll do.
“We’re sharks,” Revis said, via ESPNBoston.com. “We smell blood in the water. Each game like this is another step closer to our goal.”
When they play the way they do on Sunday night, that goal feels totally obtainable. The Patriots gained 501 yards with near total balance, held the Colts to 322 yards inflated by meaningless late gains and they probably would have won by even more if not for an ill-advised Tom Brady throw before haltime that turned into an interception and eventual Colts touchdown.
And they did it all on the road against a team that’s heavily favored to win their division, which only serves to further support contentions that they are the best team in the AFC and/or the entire league.