This is complete and utter crap IMO if they do not move us to 4:25 as well. They are giving NE (if they want to know) the option to see where they stand during their game vs. Miami. Sure Denver is playing KC at the same time but the chances seem much slimmer there for an upset.
It's not a lock. If NE loses and Baltimore wins then NE is #4.
IMO we have to play to win at 1 pm if we want to stay with the Colts/Ravens set up. Of course the Ravens may lose to Cincy too but we can't plan on this either.
I am not too happy about that either. But then, Belichick always goes for the best seeding and has not been known to tank games to get a favorable matchup in the playoffs, IMO. If NE does go #4 and Texans stay #1, that could potentially mean NE gets to play 2 AFC South teams consecutively in the playoffs???