Well, here we are. The last week of the regular season heading into Buffalo with the postseason on the line. Win and we either get to do it all again next weekend, or possibly have a rematch down in Cincinnati. Lose and we hope the Dolphins and Steelers do as well. So, what do the Patriots need to do to guarantee a game next week?
EDITING POST FROM YESTERDAY AS THERE ISN'T A CURRENT PLAN TO DECIDE BILLS' AND BENGALS' SEEDINGS WITH A COIN TOSS. I know the effect of this is very periphery to the Patriots, but since I've figured it out, I might as share the results.
With the Patriots having trouble putting points on the board yet leading the league in non-offensive touchdowns, I decided to do a quick comparison of offensive touchdowns to non-offensive touchdowns.
Two weeks in a row the Patriots were positioned to win and put their playoff chances in their own hands. Both times they made costly turnovers which ultimately resulted in the team going 0-2 to close out December. Now sitting at 7-8, the Patriots somehow still have destiny in their own hands. Will they finally have a game where they get a break to fall their way? Well, it is a new month and a new year, so maybe it's time for their luck to change.
If you thought the Patriots offense was terrible in the red zone, you were right. Currently we are the worst in the NFL with a touchdown occuring only 38.5% of the time. When it comes to playing at home, our scoring percentage is even lower (35.29%).
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