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NFL playoff picture: Patriots in prime position to earn AFC’s number one seed halfway through their regular season

While there are still plenty of areas to address before talk about the playoffs can kick into a higher gear, the New England Patriots can fill good about where they stand halfway through their regular season: sitting at 8-0, the reigning world champions continue to look like one of the best if not the best team in the NFL — one that is in prime position to earn home field advantage throughout the AFC’s portion of the postseason tournament.

After all, the Patriots hold a commanding lead over their opposition at this point in time.