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National view on Patriots

ESPN.com NFL columnist Ashley Fox writes on the Patriots in a piece with the headline, "Where's the buzz over the Patriots?"

For a team that is 12-3 and one win from claiming home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, New England has been flying under the radar this season. The Patriots are the best team in the AFC, with a quarterback on the verge of joining Drew Brees and passing Dan Marino's gold standard of 5,084 passing yards in a season, yet there seems to be no buzz about this team. There are more questions about it than happy answers. ...

Winning sometimes breeds complacency. Boston fans certainly have had their share of winning in the past decade. They have been treated to at least one championship from each of the city's four professional sports teams, the Holy Grail for fans in cities with an NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB team. The Patriots gave Boston three championships and a fourth Super Bowl appearance and a perfect regular season.

So maybe it's just that 13-3 plus a No. 1 seed doesn't do much for Boston fans anymore. Maybe there's no buzz because the Patriots haven't won a playoff game since beating San Diego in the 2007 AFC Championship Game. ...

To read Fox's piece, CLICK HERE.