They really do stink. The Redskins are almost right there with them! How in the world do they let Victor Cruz get past them?!
The funny thing is, the Pats get the Rams in London next, then a bye week. If the Pats win the game against the Rams (I can't pencil these Pats in for an automatic win against ANYONE right now, not with that defense), the schedule is pretty forgiving. Buffalo and Indy at home, then the Jets and Miami on the road. I can't rightly predict that the Patriots will win more than 3 of those games, but I can see them going 4-1 or even 5-0 against those teams. They'll probably lose to both Houston and San Fran after that, but if they're 8-4 or 9-3 going into those games, they should still be in good shape in their division, though they'll probably have no shot at a bye week if they don't beat at least one of those teams...they're already down a tiebreaker to the Ravens.
But even if the Pats DID go 5-0 over the next five, and suddenly had a very eye-friendly 9-3 record, I wouldn't feel any better about them than I do right now. The reasons being:
1) Pats are always good for some chest-thumping, stat-bloating bully wins that trick outsiders into thinking all is well. It wouldn't surprise me if they got a couple of them over the next five games.
2) Look at the opposing QBs over the next five weeks: Bradford, Fitzpatrick, Luck, Sanchez, and Tannehill. Granted, there doesn't seem to be QB in existence that The Genius seems to be able to contain these days, but that's a group that is either very young or not very good. If there's such a thing as a "beatable" entity at QB for the Pats, it's this fivesome. But would it surprise me if any or all of them put up Sanchez-type games against the Pats? Nope. And for some reason, Fitzpatrick really has a penchant for throwing picks to the Pats' secondary.
Even at 4-3 and looking shaky, the Pats will probably still find a way to finish 10-6 and win the division, and that's much more a testament to the Pats' schedule, the Jets not winning yesterday's game, and the state of the AFC East than it is anything the Pats are doing right. I won't be fooled by them one bit...they will be horribly exposed come playoff time, and in the Houston and SF games.