This article is part of our Run 'N' Shoot series.
After months of looking like the AFC's best team, a shocking loss to Philly has the Patriots lined up to play in the wild-card round. In an AFC littered with quality teams – the Steelers and Chiefs, two wild-card contenders, can certainly beat anyone – avoiding that first-round game is enormously important for the Patriots, Broncos and Bengals. Knowing the Patriots would lose a three-team tiebreaker, which 10-2 team are you picking to get those coveted byes? Here are the remaining schedules:
NE: at Hou, Tenn, at NYJ, at Mia
Den: Oak, at Pitt, Cin, SD
Cincy: Pitt, at SF, at Den, Balt
Presuming Rob Gronkowski can get back soon, I still like the Patriots' chances best. As the only team that will be favored in all four games, they're most likely to run the table.
• 2015 Cam Newton reminds me of the UF version of Tim Tebow (no, not the NFL version, the UF version) ... it's not always pretty, but he's unstoppable on the ground in the red zone and always finds a way to win. While everyone laments Tom Brady's lack of weapons in the passing game, Newton keeps succeeding with Ted Ginn, Jerricho Cotchery and Philly Brown. I've gone from thinking Newton *is going to* win the MVP to thinking, gasp, maybe he *should* win. (Sorry, Brady, Gronk's absence shows you're not even the best player on your own team.)
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