Continuing on with our look at the Patriots 2012 schedule and predictions, here is my take on Games 9-12 of the season...
Week 10: vs. Buffalo Bills
In the handful of years where the Bills have come out to a hot start, this is generally around the time when they fall right off the cliff. The Bills are really going to have to show me something before I pick them to win on the road in New England, something they have failed to do since November 5th, 2000.
Week 11: vs. Indianapolis Colts
Brady vs. Luck I. I expect a much improved effort from the Colts this year, but I just can't see them toppling a team like New England, on the road to boot. As for the whispers I've been hearing about whether the Patriots would consider trading Brady for Luck (purely a hypothetical argument to spark debate), I have to lean firmly on the "keep Brady" side. I see the argument for Luck's longevity compared to Brady's, but sometimes you have to strike while the iron is hot. These next 3-4 years are the Patriots time to make a run, and you don't trade that for a "maybe".
Week 12: @ New York Jets
Odds that Tim Tebow will have started at least one game by this point in the season? 95%
Odds that Tim Tebow will be starting this game? 65%
Odds that Rex Ryan will scream profanities from the sidelines while sweating butter? 101%.
Week 13: @ Miami Dolphins
I don't like this. I do not like this. Miami has a penchant for sucking it up all season and then tripping up a streaking Patriots team late in the season.
Just not this year.