Rank: Patriots Will Host AFC Championship

Adam Rank believes the Patriots will play the AFC Championship at home – and lose

January 02, 2019 - 11:04 am

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The New England Patriots (11-5) have played in the Super Bowl in eight of the last 17 seasons, including three of the last four.

But New England, which lost back-to-back games in December, has looked vulnerable for much of the season. Will we actually get a Super Bowl sans the Patriots?

“It almost seems like it,” NFL Network analyst Adam Rank said on Ferrall on the Bench. “I think everybody was ready to dance on the graves of the Patriots, but then last week they go out against the Jets and Tom Brady looks like vintage Tom Brady, December Tom Brady, and you’re like, ‘Oh, yeah, this is what’s going to happen again.’ I don’t know how they always do it, but they sit there and look up, they got a bye.”

Indeed, the Patriots are the 2-seed in the AFC, while Kansas City (12-4) is the 1-seed. No matter. Rank believes the Patriots will host the AFC Championship.

“Somehow the Chiefs will lose,” he said. “I will say this: the AFC Championship Game will be played in Foxboro. I think I’m pretty confident to say that. Somebody is going to go in and beat Kansas City – because that’s what always happens. I do think that (the Patriots will) be in the AFC Championship Game, but I really do think one of these teams is ready to step up this season.”

If it’s not the Chiefs, it will have to be the Texans (11-5), Ravens (10-6), Chargers (12-4) or Colts (10-6).

“Perhaps it’s the Ravens,” Rank said. “I like the way their defense is playing, and I like their moxie. John Harbaugh has never really been afraid to go up against Bill Belichick. They’ve had a nice little rivalry over the years. I think that this is the year we might be able to avoid the Patriots in the Super Bowl.”