BOSTON (CBS) – Week 11 is in the books for the 2014 New England Patriots, and after dismantling the AFC South-leading Indianapolis Colts 42-20 on the road the Pats lead the conference with an 8-2 record.
98.5 The Sports Hub’s Felger & Massarotti program began the show Monday analyzing the game, and already they’re thinking big picture in terms of what this past game means.
“Right now the road to the Super Bowl completely goes through New England, and there’s really no reason they shouldn’t be in the Super Bowl is how I look at it,” Tony Massarotti said of the Patriots, who have six games remaining in the regular season schedule. “To me there’s nothing standing in their way to get the no. 1 seed locked up.”
Mazz adds the Patriots are two games ahead of Denver and three games up on Indianapolis (when you factor in the head-to-head tiebreaker), and the Chiefs have a tough schedule ahead of them, so he envisions them falling out of the hunt for the conference’s top seed.
“It dawned on me last night. With Denver’s loss at St. Louis and the Patriots dominating [Indianapolis] the way they did, they have a firm grasp on that no. 1 seed, and if they’re playing at home in the playoffs they should win,” Mazz said of the Patriots, now winners of six straight contests.
One of the commandments of the Felger & Massarotti show is to never make predictions.
“Pick it and stick it” is the signature phrase.
While his take on the game may have fallen short of an official prediction, Mike Felger is in agreement with Mazz that it’s Super Bowl or bust for these Patriots, and an appearance alone would not be enough.
Felger’s expectations for this team are hoisting a Lombardi Trophy at the conclusion of the final game.
“[Patriots] have got to win it this year. You’ve recovered after a horrendous first month, and you’ve basically decimated the competition since. Brady’s proven he can still play at a high level. They’re healthy, relatively speaking. The second-most important guy on the team, Rob Gronkowski, is healthy and dominating. You paid money for Darrelle Revis, and he’s worked out. They’ve proven themselves on the road. They’ve proven themselves inside and outside. They’re proven themselves running the ball and defending the pass. They’ve proven themselves stopping the run. They’ve proven what their ceiling is. Now there’s no excuse. It’s time to win a championship. It’s all lined up for you.”
Do you feel the same way they do?
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