FOXBORO What a way to start the second half of the season. With the Patriots, Jets and Bills all at 5-3 and each team 1-1 against the other, it's going to be an eight-game sprint to the AFC East title. That there was no way in hell we'd be saying that a few weeks back when the Jets were 2-3 and the Patriots 4-1. Back then, New York was soft and undermotivated on defense, sputtering on offense. The Patriots were scoring 30 just rolling out of bed.
That was four weeks ago and the Patriots have, in the weeks since, gone 1-2. Their lone win was a bullet-dodging against the Cowboys when they won in the last minute. People have wondered this week why the hype and vitriol for this one just isn't there, why the buildup has been flat. It's because the Patriots have so many issues to worry about that sniping about the Jets doesn't seem appealing. Lamenting the issues up hereseems a better way to spend time.