After week one, the matchup of the Patriots and Saints looked like it was going to be a really tough home game for New England. Then came week two and suddenly the Saints' lopsided takedown of Aaron Rodgers and the Packers looked like a total fluke. Since Vegas currently has the Patriots sitting at -3, I'd say they are thinking it will be a tight game after all.
There are two negative trends which appear to be developing for the Patriots.
It's going to be a beautiful day for a football game at MetLife stadium. A perfect day for the Patriots to get their first win and get back to 500, hopefully with a share of 1st place in the east. The Patriots have beaten the Jets in 10 consecutive games, with the last Jets' win coming in overtime on December 27th, 2015 (26-20).
For the Patriots to start the 2021 season on a good note, they'll want to both win today and be feeling good about the new guy taking the snaps. While there are enumerable things that go into that happening, I'll just focus on two "Dos" and two "Don'ts".
If you've watched the New England Patriots for the better part of the past 2 decades, you know they rarely get penalized. Yeah, yeah, yeah, we all know it's because the NFL loves the Patriots and Tom Brady. Regardless, here's a quick look at the recent penalty counts for the Patriots and Dolphins post Brady era.
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