Don’t Count Out the Patriots Yet

Disappointing news came out of New England on Thursday with Josh Gordon being suspended indefinitely by the NFL. Before that, everyone first saw a tweet from Gordon sent out earlier saying he was stepping away from the game of football. As everyone wishes him the best and will continue to support him throughout his journey, the Patriots have the opportunity to bounce back the final two weeks of the regular season.

With the last couple weeks in New England being tough, the Patriots, believe it or not, still have the chance to get the number one seed in the playoffs. However, in order to get the first seed, the Patriots need two wins and two losses from both Los Angeles and Kansas City. First, they need to win Sunday against the Buffalo Bills and then win against the New York Jets in the season’s final game. They are taking on a Buffalo Bills team who are 5-9 and a team that Brady has more wins against than any other team in the NFL. This game could be a good way for the Patriots to find some momentum, especially for the offense, who has been struggling since the second half of the Miami game.

It is time for Chris Hogan and Phillip Dorsett to step up. Chris Hogan hasn’t had more than two catches since week seven and Dorsett hasn’t been targeted since week twelve. That just doesn’t seem right, especially since Chris Hogan was a big factor in this offense for the past couple of years. However, with Josh Gordon not returning for the year, this is the opportunity for both receivers to get on the same page with Quarterback Tom Brady and get this offense going by playoff time.

This season for the New England Patriots has been a roller coaster. Starting the year 1-2, then going on to win seven of their next eight games, then having two back breaking losses to Miami and Pittsburg, this year hasn’t been the greatest year for the organization. However, despite all these obstacles the team has gone through this season, they still might end up as the number one seed. I, however, don’t feel the odds are with them. I do, though, believe that they will end up with the second seed where the Patriots need two wins coupled with one Houston loss (Patriots hold tiebreaker over Texans based on head-to-head victory). This will help the team with getting healthy, regroup, and make a competitive playoff run.

Zachary Connell (@ZackConnell2)

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