Curtis: Patriots Would Benefit From Stronger AFC East

August 30, 2012 12:00 AM
Curtis: Patriots Would Benefit From Stronger AFC East
" BOSTON (CBS) – With another interminable preseason finally complete it is time to look forward and wonder why the Patriots have the longest championship drought in major Boston sports.

I blame the AFC East.

Why have the Giants beaten the Patriots in their last two appearances in the Super Bowl? They were more battle tested.

The AFC East in general — and the New York Jets in particular — has served as nothing more than the Washington Generals as the Pats have gone through roughly a decade of ten-plus win regular season football.

Consider the New York Giants last two championship runs; they were 9-7 last season and 10-6 in 2007. The NFC East, while by no means the toughest division in football, at least had the Eagles and Cowboys, two teams that if they replaced the Pats, would win the AFC East.

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Since they could only manage nine wins in the regular season, those Giants teams were forced to play three playoff caliber teams in order to reach the Super Bowl. They have had to win five road playoff games including two at Lambeau, one at Candlestick and one in Dallas "

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