Belichick, Brady keep Patriots among elite

As the regular season comes to a close, Gary Horton examines 14 intriguing teams and places them in one of four categories.

Originally Published: December 29, 2006
By Gary Horton | Scouts Inc.
As we head into Week 17, there are only 12 teams that will continue to play in January, while 20 teams will pack up and start looking ahead to next year. Let's break down 14 intriguing teams that seem to fall into specific categories as we finish up the regular season.

"Take it to the bank" teams

(Solid teams that you can count on each week and are as close as you can be to being a complete team.)