They can lose. We have seen better Pats teams than this lose before. We all know how to beat Brady and that is with a relentless pass rush.
The bigger problem is I do not see Brady declining anytime soon. I know some people hear think that Brady is going to inevitably decline and we are going to be able to contend with them. I just don't see that happening any time soon. IMO, barring injury, he has at least 5 top years left. Anybody watching last night saw that Brady still has his fastball. He never relied on his legs so that doesn't matter. And he is as competitive as ever. They showed one closeup of him last night and I have never seen a look on a QB's face like that before. The guy has it all, has every reason to let up and yet he is as intense and motivated as ever.
Broncos and Steelers definitely could, both good Ds and great QBs that can take advantage of the Pats secondary. Texans despite last night could maybe catch them on an off day in a game played in Houston. Ravens did beat them earlier this year even though it feels as if a lot has changed since.
The Pats are very good. But they've also looked very good in the past late in the season only to fall on their faces in the playoffs, best example being beating us 45-3 late in the season, cruising to the 1 seed, then getting handled by us in Foxboro in the divisional round.
there's definitely a team can knock off the Pats. though I don't know if that team resides in the AFC. I think Denver gives them the best matchup. Texans are slumping on D. Colts, nope. Steelers, Bengals, Ravens? not in Foxboro.
Yeah, I can see the pats in the SB again, but there a few NFC teams I can see taking it to them, especially at a neutral site.
oh, and the Jets can beat them if a third chance is given