The Buffalo Bills coaching staff has been second guessed by a lot of people for not squibbing the kickoff with a 3 point lead and 13 seconds left on the clock. While I can't disagree with the second guessing, I do think the timing for kickoffs should be different.
Nothing is more annoying than having the last game of the season be filled with one or two plays that you want back. Heading into today's game that's what I think the main focus needs to be. I have no doubt that Belichick has given the team the perfect plan to beat the Bills. Will they carry out that plan? That's what we'll be watching for. Here are some out of the box things I think the Patriots should do to extend this season.
For many years you could bank on a Patriots win if they were to win the turnover battle or have a player run for 100 yards or more. How are those trends going lately?
100 YARD RUSHER- Since 2000 the Patriots are 57-6 when they have a 100 yard rusher. While that looks like an almost automatic win, it's actually trending more towards 50% as of late. This season the team went 4-3 and last season they went 2-2. So, prior to Brady becoming a snowbird the team was a phenomenal 51-1 in games with a 100 yard rusher.
WIN THE TURNOVER BATTLE- Since 2000 the Patriots are 174-18 when winning the turnover battle. This season they are a perfect 8-0 in those games. Lose or tie the turnover battle what happens you ask? On the season they are 1-6 when losing the battle, since 2000 they are 42-53. When even they are 1-1 this season and 38-28 since 2000.
With a bye no longer remotely possible, what do I want to see in today's Patriots game? The biggest thing is most obviously no injuries.
To get into the playoffs the Patriots pretty much need a win today. To secure the number one pick in the draft the Jaguars pretty much need to lose their next two games. With those things both being true, here is what the Patriots need to do to be playoff ready.
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