- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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There is no debating which opponent the New England Patriots fans want to face at Gillette Stadium in two weeks.
Our latest AFC East poll asked New England fans which team would be the easiest matchup in Round 2? Patriots fans wanted Tebow and the AFC West champion Denver Broncos (8-8), and it wasn't even close.
Perhaps New England fans are confident after the Patriots beat the Broncos, 41-23, in Week 15. Or there is little confidence in Tebow outplaying Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. After a fast start, Tebow lost his past three starts in ugly fashion.
In second place was the Cincinnati Bengals (9-7). They have a rookie quarterback in Andy Dalton but a solid defense. In last place is the Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4), who beat New England in the regular season.
The Patriots have a bye and will try to avoid their third straight one-and-done postseason on Jan. 14.
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