Found October 21, 2012 on NESN.com:
Don't fret Patriots fans, the team has looked bad this season, but not as bad as most of the AFC. Even after New England's near debacle against the Jets on Sunday, you can still count the Patriots among the AFC's top three teams. After blowing out the Ravens, the Texans can be firmly penciled in to the No. 1 slot so far in the AFC. They have a good enough offense built off an impressive zone-blocking rushing attack and just above game manager-play from Matt Schaub. The defense is what really propels them, with possible-MVP J.J. Watt swatting passes and sacking quarterbacks at a historic rate. The team is still ticking despite losing star linebacker Brian Cushing because they have so many other strong pieces to work off of. The Ravens may have beat the Patriots in Week 3, but that was before losing Ray Lewis and Lardarius Webb for the season, and before Ed Reed and Haloti Ngata got banged up. Terrell Suggs may have been back in Week 7 -- and he certain...
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