Poll: Patriots' easiest playoff opponent?

January, 2, 2012
1/02/12
2:30
PM ET
The New England Patriots finished the regular season 13-3 and earned home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. Now, they can sit back and watch teams battle it out in the first round of the playoffs.

But which team would Patriots fans rather see at Gillette Stadium in two weeks? There are three possibilities.

Would New England be better off facing the young Cincinnati Bengals (9-7)? Rookie quarterback Andy Dalton has never played in the postseason. Chances of Dalton outplaying Brady in New England would be slim.

What about Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos (8-8)? The Patriots beat Denver earlier in the regular season and would face a familiar opponent.

Finally, would New England be better off with a rematch against the Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4)? Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is limited with an ankle injury and just lost starting tailback Rashard Mendenhall. Is this a good time for the Patriots to get revenge against the Steelers, who beat New England in the regular season?

Using our SportsNation poll, vote on which team provides the easiest matchup for New England in the divisional round. You can also share your thoughts in the comments section below.

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

SPONSORED HEADLINES

Comments

You must be signed in to post a comment

Already have an account?

Insider