Poll knocks Patriots out of playoffs

NFL analyst Pat Kirwan offers some playoff predictions in his latest piece on NFL.com, and in doing so, he shares an informal poll that he conducted with his listeners on SIRIUS radio.

The poll had listeners rank last year's playoff teams that will most likely miss the 2010 playoffs -- and the Patriots ranked as the second-most likely squad. Only the Arizona Cardinals were ranked higher.

Of the Patriots, Kirwan writes: "Where is the pass rush, and how will the young secondary hold up?"

The Patriots have dominated the AFC East over the last decade, and my feeling is that the division still goes through New England. But it seems more and more analysts are thinking otherwise this offseason.