It’s time for the playoffs and that means one more edition of the power rankings.

After 17 weeks of regular season action, the defending Super Bowl champions are in the same place they started. The New England Patriots battled through defensive struggles early in the year, but won 11 of their last 12 to guarantee that the road to the Super Bowl will go through Gillette Stadium.

Altuve has more 200-hit seasons than all other players 5′?6″ and under combined in the past hundred years. “Sometimes,” says Houston hitting coach Dave Hudgens, “I swear he’s the one guy who can will himself to get a hit.”

Jaylon Smith is not all the way back. Or close to it. But the fact that the Dallas linebacker—let’s call him a redshirt freshman—was back out there at all, let alone playing 36 of the team’s 53 defensive snaps last Sunday in a rotation with Justin Durant, is absolutely worth your attention. “His spirit to come back and push through it to play, I think everyone has taken notice of it,” said one club source.

Jay Jaffe: The Twins. If they’re ever going to get serious about contending, the Twins have to find pitchers who miss bats; this is a team that has ranked 14th or 15th in the AL in K’s in five of the last six years. Darvish, happens to have the highest career strikeout rate of any active starter in terms of both percentage (29.7%) or per nine (11.0).

In Buffalo’s 17 seasons outside the postseason, it had at least six wins 14 times. The Bills were consistently on the doorstep, unable to do enough to take the leap and keep pace with the Patriots in the AFC East.

That didn’t come crashing down in 2017. New England still comfortably runs the division and the Buffalo team that finally ended the drought wasn’t any better than other versions of the Bills that fell short.

According to FiveThirtyEight, there were 11 times in the last 18 years that the Bills had a higher mathematical win projection than the team did in 2017. The projections say this particular Buffalo team should’ve only won about 6.8 games.

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