Road will get easier for Tom Brady, Patriots
The rich get richer in the NFL, and in this case that means the path to the postseason will only get easier for the New England Patriots after their 37-16 victory against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on Sunday night.
As NBC pointed out, the Patriots have the league's easiest schedule down the stretch and will face only one team that currently has a winning record: playing host to Buffalo (5-4) in a season finale.
The rest of New England's schedule is as follows: Kansas City (4-5), at Philadelphia (3-6), Indianapolis (0-10), at Washington (3-6), at Denver (4-5), and Miami (2-7).
In their methodically merciless style, the Patriots took over first place in the AFC East on Sunday night, snapping the Jets' three-game winning streak and handing them their first home loss.
It was the first victory in three games for New England, which was coming off consecutive losses to Pittsburgh and the New York Giants. The Patriots haven't lost three in a row in 148 games -- spanning from 2002 until now -- the fourth-longest such streak in NFL history.
-- Sam Farmer
Photo: Tom Brady. Credit: Julio Cortez / Associated Press