The Patriots' quest for an undefeated season is now over after suffering a 30-24 overtime loss in Denver last Sunday night.
Their quest for a Super Bowl title however, is not. Not even close.
The Patriots are by far the most talented team in the AFC when they are healthy. However, they are missing a lot of key players with the names of Julian Edelman (foot), Danny Amendola (knee), Rob Gronkowski (knee), Dont'a Hightower (abdomen), and Jamie Collins (illness).
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Collins returned to practice on Wednesday for the first time in almost three weeks, Amendola, Edelman, and Gronkowski did not participate in practice. Amendola is also questionable for week 13 against Philadelphia.
When the Patriots are healthy, there's nobody who can stop them. We saw that through the first ten weeks of the season, rolling over every team who was in their path.
Against Denver's vaunted defense, and with practically practice-squad caliber receivers, Tom Brady and the Patriots not only scored 24 points but, forced overtime as well. That just shows when you're on a team with Brady, you always have a chance.
New England this year at home is 6-0 and when it comes time for December and January football, Tom Brady just refuses to lose. Period.
The Patriots will more than likely run the table the rest of the way, unless they hiccup in either New York in week 16 against the Jets, or week 17 in Miami, and lock up the number one seed in the AFC.
Other than that, when/if the Patriots get healthy, they're more than likely going to be the favorites to repeat as Super Bowl Champions, the ultimate revenge for Tom Brady.
If New England gets back all their offensive weaponry by the playoffs, look for New England to get back to their fifth AFC title game in five years.