Pumped about the possibilities

Fans embrace Pats' surprising success and ponder the postseason scenarios

Updated: January 4, 2011, 11:54 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

This week's Patriots mailbag includes a mix of looking back and looking ahead.

Most e-mailers agree that the 2010 regular season was unexpected and enjoyable to watch. On the flip side, there is disagreement on which teams present the most difficult matchup in the playoffs.

Patriots players are scheduled to be back at Gillette Stadium on Wednesday and Thursday, with the possibility of a long weekend if they have productive practices this week. The idea is to strike the right mix ...

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