Originally Posted by HRoi
i do respect the Patriots tremendously, but as a Patriots detractor i would like it very much if they actually played in a real NFL division with real NFL teams as direct comp
They play the schedule each year just like every other team in the NFL. The Patriots have done something for 10-11 years now that no one else has been able to do. That's play at a constant high level, for 10-11 years. During that time sometimes the AFC has been better and sometimes the NFC has had better teams. What they have done is remarkable and might never be done again in the NFL. With salary caps, coaching changes, players moving around due to free agency etc etc. Amazing run that anyone that follows the NFL would agree is remarkable. Houston, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Denver and San Diego for the most part have been pretty good over the last few years so I think they have payed decent teams. NFC has good teams and shitty teams as well. Give credit where credit is due. Enjoy the play-offs, I know I will regardless of who gets to the SB. Its an honor to watch this team week in and week out. I could have been raised a jet/Bucs/Panthers fan and been miserable.