Patriots Perch on Top of AFC
The highly anticipated Monday-night game between the Houston Texans and New England Patriots was most likely a preview of the AFC Championship game that is due to come in due time. The 11-1 Texans and the 9-3 Patriots came into Monday night knowing that the victor would assert themselves as the supreme team in the AFC.
Tom Brady was the same old machine he has been, tossing four touchdowns and humbling the Texan’s fourth-ranked defense. The Patriots’ rout of the Houston Texans resulted in a 42-14 victory. Despite playing without star tight-end Rob Gronkowski, Tom Brady was able to utilize his other weapons: throwing two touchdowns to tight-end Aaron Hernandez, one to wide-out Dante Stallworth and one to Brandon Lloyd. This no interception; 60% completion performance sent a message to the NFL that reminded them that Terrific Tom and the Patriots were the apex predator of the AFC.
Fists are bumping in Boston as the Patriots fight for a bye in the first round of their 19th playoff appearance in franchise history.
The resurgence of the slow-starting Patriots has sparked New Englanders’ hope of yet another Super Bowl appearance. The Patriots, who currently own the top spot in the NFL in yards-per-game and points-per-game, will face their toughest test of the season next week against the tenacious and relentless San Francisco 49ers’ defense.
The Patriots hold the top spot in the AFC East with a 10-3 record, and their last two games of the season should result in easy victories as they are going against the Miami Dolphins and Jacksonville Jaguars.