In the First Take video above, Dan Graziano and Cedric Ceballos debate whether the Patriots can reach the Super Bowl without a first-round bye.
Graziano points out that the Patriots haven't played a road playoff game (besides the Super Bowl) since 2006 and adds that they're "not a great team when faced with adversity." He thinks either Denver or Houston could knock off New England in potential road playoff matchups.
Ceballos thinks the Pats can reach the Super Bowl even if it means going on the road: "They are a mature team that understands how to get to the Super Bowl and how to win the Super Bowl."
The Patriots can earn a first-round bye this week with a win and a loss by either the Texans or Broncos.
Your turn: Do you think the Pats can reach the Super Bowl if it means a couple of road playoff games? Vote in the poll above and share your thoughts in the comments section.