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Patriots are one game out of first place in the AFC. Despite holding the head-to-head tiebreaker New England Patriots Hats , the (7-2) Patriots trail the (8-1) Kansas City Chiefs and will need some help if they are to claim much-needed homefield advantage in the playoffs.The Patriots remaining schedule isn’t too daunting. They have two games against the (3-6) New York Jets, one against the (2-7) Buffalo Bills, and one against the hapless (5-4) Miami Dolphins. They also have games against the (5-2-1) Pittsburgh Steelers and (5-3-1) Minnesota Vikings. In total, the Patriots remaining schedule has a combined record of 23-28-2 (0.451).It wouldn’t be surprising to see the Patriots win out, although a 5-1 or 4-2 record is a more likely outcome.The Chiefs get a pair of games against the cellar-dwelling (1-7) Oakland Raiders and one against the (2-6) Arizona Cardinals, but the remainder of their games aren’t easy. They’re on the road against the (8-1) Los Angeles Rams in week 11, host the (4-5) Baltimore Ravens and (6-2) Los Angeles Chargers, and go on the road to play the (4-4) Seattle Seahawks.The combined record of Kansas City’s opponents is 26-31 (0.456), but games against the Rams and Chargers are harder than anything the Patriots have scheduled, and the Seahawks are always tough at home. Can the Patriots pick up a game on the Chiefs? In my mind New England Patriots Womens Hoodie , New England can only afford to lose one game over the rest of the year and still expect to get homefield advantage.And do the Patriots have to worry about any other team in the AFC other than the Chiefs?The Pittsburgh Steelers have an absurd remaining schedule: Panthers, at Jaguars, at Broncos, Chargers, at Raiders (lol), Patriots, at Saints, and Bengals. Four of those teams should make the playoffs and two other road games- Jaguars and Broncos- won’t be easy. Pittsburgh could easily pick up a loss or four over the coming weeks.As for the Houston Texans, the Patriots fortunately already hold the head-to-head tiebreaker, creating an effective two-game lead. Houston only has two games remaining against teams at .500 or better: (5-3) Washington and the (4-4) Philadelphia Eagles. Houston could very well win out Womens Customized New England Patriots Jerseys , but so long as the Patriots go 4-2 or better, New England will stay ahead in the rankings.The current wild card teams- Los Angeles Chargers and Cincinnati Bengals- have tough roads ahead of them, too. The Chargers will have to leapfrog the Chiefs while playing at Steelers, vs Bengals, and at Chiefs consecutively in weeks 13-15. The Bengals have to play the Saints, Chargers, and Steelers. It’s unlikely either team will emerge ahead of New England.So the road is bright for the Patriots to get homefield advantage, even if they’re not yet in the driver’s seat. Let’s see if Bill Belichick and company can navigate the rest of the season and clinch the top seed in the playoffs.AFC1. (8-1) Kansas City Chiefs2. (7-2) New England Patriots3. (5-2-1) Pittsburgh Steelers4. (6-3) Houston Texans5. (6-2) Los Angeles Chargers6. (5-3) Cincinnati BengalsIn the hunt: (5-4) Miami Dolphins; (4-4) Tennessee Titans; (4-5) Baltimore RavensNFC1. (8-1) Los Angeles Rams2. (7-1) New Orleans Saints3. (5-3) Chicago Bears4. (5-3) Washington5. (6-2) Carolina Panthers6. (5-3-1) Minnesota VikingsIn the hunt: (4-4) Atlanta Falcons; (4-4) Seattle Seahawks; (4-4) Philadelphia Eagles; (3-4-1) Green Bay PackersWeek 1 Patriots vs Texans: Offensive tackle Marcus Cannon expected to be ready to play on opening day After the New England Patriots had to play the majority of their 2017 season without starting right tackle Marcus Cannon, the veteran experienced another setback in his quest to return earlier this offseason. He left the team’s training camp practice on August 1 with an undisclosed injury and subsequently missed three weeks worth of practice before returning earlier this week.His return was a good sign for his availability for the regular season – and it looks as if the veteran will be ready, according to The Athletic’s Jeff Howe:Entering the second season of the five-year , $32.5 million contract extension he signed in 2016, the 30-year old hits the team’s salary cap with $5.77 million – a hefty number but one reflective of Cannon’s status as a clock to make the roster as Tom Brady’s right side protector. As has been the case throughout his career, the main question with Cannon is his health. He missed games because of injury in five of his seven seasons in the NFL. When healthy, however, he will likely do what he has done since becoming the team’s starting right tackle two seasons ago: be a physical presence on the right end of the offensive line, that has a proven track record as both a road grader in the running game, and a reliable protector in the passing game. With the unit having lost Nate Solder in free agency, his veteran presence and experience will also be crucial.

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