Two weeks after suffering a humiliating Monday Night Football defeat, the New England Patriots stock has finally bounced back. The Week 4 41-14 dismantling at the hands of Kansas City saw Tom Brady benched on national television and left the Pats 2-2 for just the fifth time in 14 years, stirring quarterback controversy rumors in New England. Following the game, the Pats playoff chances were not much better than a coin flip according to football prediction engine Pivit.
So how big a difference have two weeks made? A statement game against Cincinnati followed by a thumping of divisional foe Buffalo have lifted the Pats playoff chances to 76% as of this morning on Pivit — despite that New England will be without linebacker Jerod Mayo and running back Stevan Ridley the rest of the way. And looking ahead to tonight? Pivit has the Patriots with a 79% to defeat the Jets in Foxboro. The sky is no longer falling in New England.