The Pats opponents so far do not having a winning record.
- Jets (1-7)
- San Diego (4-3)
- Buffalo (3-4)
- Cincy (2-5)
- Cleveland (4-3)
- Dallas (6-1)
- Miami (0-8)
- Washington (4-3). Combined Win-Loss 24-34.
- NO (3-4)
- Ten (5-2)
- Houston (3-5)
- Denver (3-3)
- TB (4-4),
- Jax (5-2)
- Carolina (4-3). Combined Win-Loss 27-23
The defenses the Patriots have faced have just been weak. Here's how they rank according to ESPN:
The Jets #28, SD #16, BUF #31, Cincy #29, Cleveland #32, Dallas #7, Miami #27, Washington #5. That means NE has played 5 of the 6 worst defenses in the NFL over their 8 game stretch.
In comparison, the worst opponent we've faced, NO ranks in at #22.
We also play in THE toughest division in the NFL, while the AFC East is duking it out for last with the NFC West. NFC West people - SF, St. Louis, Arizona and Seattle.
Lastly, I believe the Patriots are on autopilot. I think they're getting "comfortable", making assumptions about how easy they think football is. Everyone said the Panthers' would be a trap game for us ... I think we've laid a pretty nice trap for the Patriots ourselves.
Just my .02, but right here, right now, I predict a Week 9 victory. Colts 35, Patriots 31.