Now that we’ve inched past the halfway point of the 2012 NFL season, most football pundits are preparing their playoff hierarchy and looking to place a team or two as the “teams to beat” for this year’s title.
In the NFC, unbeaten Atlanta, Chicago, San Francisco and the New York Giants are each garnering support for the top team in that conference. Add in an injury-riddled but dangerous Green Bay Packers team, and you’ve got a conference that could be up for grabs in January.
In the AFC, Houston has been the sexy choice, and with Denver making waves with Peyton Manning at the helm, the Broncos are a legitimate contender to represent the AFC. The one team that few seem to be talking much about are the New England Patriots. Maybe they’re not getting much talk because we just expect them to be there at the end of the season. But it could also be that we’re not sure which Pats team will show up as the regular season draws to a close and the playoffs begin.