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Patriots clinch division title in Week 12

November 27, 2007|By ROBERT KELLER / Pulse Contributor

Week 12 has finished and the "invincible" New England Patriots nearly suffered their first loss!

The best game this week was the Philadelphia at New England game. To clinch the division, the Patriots needed to win this game and needed Buffalo to lose, which the Bills did. The Eagles put up a good fight. At the half, the Eagles were down by only 3, 24-21. With five minutes left in the third quarter, the Eagles drove from their 22-yard line to a touchdown. But the Patriots rallied for a touchdown in the fourth quarter to win, 31-28.

I went 1-3 with my picks this week, 22-22 overall. The Cincinnati Bengals beat the Tennessee Titans, 35-6. The Baltimore Ravens didn't even stand a chance as they lost to the Chargers, 32-14, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers slipped past the Washington Redskins, 19-13. I did predict that the Green Bay Packers would beat Detroit, and the Packers won 37-26.

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This week, I predict Green Bay will fall to Dallas, Washington will beat Buffalo, Indianapolis will shut down Jacksonville at home, and Arizona will fall to Cleveland. Packers quarterback Brett Favre is 0-8 as a starter when he plays in Texas Stadium, including the playoffs.

The Bills have little left to hope for except for a miraculous win. Indianapolis has the offensive weapons to defeat Jacksonville. The Browns have been surprising everyone, so it would come as no surprise to me if the Browns, on the road, managed to beat the Cardinals.

The Patriots have done what only a few teams have ever done. Along with teams such as the Miami Dolphins in '72 and the Indianapolis Colts in '05, the Patriots are undefeated in their first 11 games.

The Patriots are not unstoppable. They nearly lost to the Colts and the Eagles. If Baltimore and the Jets can put together an offense that moves the ball down the field, maybe.

With only five more games in the regular season, can anyone stop the Patriots? And can the Dolphins, still winless going into Monday night's game against the Steelers, get it together?

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