Remember when the Patriots were looking up at the Bills and Jets?

 

Not anymore.

 

With a win tonight against the Chiefs, the Patriots would improve to 7-3 and take a commanding two-game lead in the AFC East.

 

Think about that for a moment.

 

Last Sunday, the Patriots were underdogs in New York, with a real possibility of dropping three games in a row. You know how that ended.

 

It went from grim to great in a matter of one week, and taking a look at their schedule for the remainder of the season, one word comes to mind.

Cupcake.

The Patriots have the easiest schedule in the NFL, based on team records this season.

There’s a real possibility that they do, in fact, win out the rest of the way. That would give them a first-round bye and at least one playoff game at home.

But beating teams like Kansas City tonight — or Indianapolis in two weeks –— doesn’t tell much. The Patriots’ gift may end up being their curse if a legit team comes into Gillette Stadium in the postseason and punches the Pats in the mouth.

“We don’t make the schedule,” is what Bill Belichick will inevitably say when the topic is discussed. But the Patriots could end the season at 13-3 and still go into the playoffs with a lot of questions.