3. New England Patriots (9-3, Previous: 3)
For the second-straight week, the Patriots’ offense was a wet mop in the first half, and for the second-straight week, Bill Belichick’s big brain solved the problem. Tom Brady staged another heroic comeback after trailing 17-7 to pull off a 34-31 victory over the Texans. There are some chinks in Brady’s armor now, and the Patriots may not be the dominant team they once were, but they are good enough to win the AFC East and good enough to stomp each of the teams left on their schedule. (Getty Photo)
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