This isn’t the high powered Patriots of 2007. No more Josh Gordon, Patterson is banged up, Gronk is not what he was a couple years ago and one of our best weapons at WR is Chris Hogan. “But Eric, I haven’t watched the Pats this season, I would assume they would have a classic Patriot defense to take the pressure off Tom, right!?” No they don’t. In fact, their defense is middle of the pack at best.
The AFC is usually a weaker path to the big game. This year, it will be a little tougher. There really isn’t a team that doesn’t belong in the playoffs this year. Some people may argue the Colts but they’ve been red hot and doing damage on the score board over the last half of the season.
The scenario of what needs to happen is simple. I have one team in mind that I want the Patriots to play next week. Know who it is?