After suffering a loss which will be remembered forever, the Patriots are somehow still sitting atop the bubble of the AFC playoff picture. Will they still be there when Santa drops off his presents through some treacherous weather tonight? While I can't predict the outcome, here are some things I'll be watching for.
Having practiced and played against each other in the pre-season, I don't anticipate the Patriots offense doing much better against the Raiders than they did in August. Looking back at that preseason game, I see a lot of similarities to the overall play we've been seeing all year. That being said, I still think the Patriots can be victorious if the offense just plays slightly better and the defense and special teams doesn't make any game changing mistakes.
With the Patriots out west playing against the Arizona Cardinals, I've compiled a few things to ponder before kickoff.
It is almost impossible to get a group of people to agree on anything. This summer was the first time I can recall all Boston Bruins fans being in agreement about something. Looking back, we were all wrong.
With a chance to get their 7th win and then be in position to drop the Bills to 0-3 in the division next Thursday, the Patriots have work to do on this holiday evening. While it will be work, I think the game will be a fun win for the Patriots and fans.
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