Bill Belichick’s squad looked particularly sharp in their regular season finale, a 35-14 road victory over the Miami Dolphins that clinched home-field advantage in the AFC, and they will enter Saturday’s divisional round matchup with the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium with almost two weeks of rest. Breaking down the AFC playoff picture presents an optimistic outlook for New England, and the Patriots should be big favorites against Houston and perhaps beyond. The Texans have an excellent defense, but Houston won just nine games in the regular season and advanced from the wild-card game by outlasting a hobbled Oakland Raiders at home.

Quarterback Brock Osweiler has had his struggles this season, and the offense has often looked confused with their play calling. AFC Championship, the Patriots are expected to be favorites on Jan. Among the surprise teams of the season, the Chiefs won seven games by eight points or less, while the surging Steelers have already faced the Patriots this season, and lost at home, 27-16. 5 favorites to win it all. The 2016 season has been a relatively smooth ride for the Patriots compared to previous seasons. The four-game suspension to superstar quarterback Tom Brady did little to derail the team’s title chances.

In fact, it may have energized the veteran and allowed him to reach the postseason with less wear and tear. Indeed, the Patriots have looked every bit as sharp as they have in previous Super Bowl runs, winning 14 games for the first time since 2010. The Patriots have done it all while missing one of their top weapons for most of the season. Rob Gronkowski, a four-time Pro Bowl tight end, essentially played in just six games, but his absence hasn’t slowed New England. Sometimes it has seemed as though the Patriots haven’t skipped a beat with Martellus Bennett filling in.

Steve is a Cape Codder, i’d hate us too if I were on a team that was beat twice in the AFC championship game. Among the surprise teams of the season, if another team offers the best deal, join our community today! With James White the reliable passing back, the star tight end had been limited in practice due to a chest injury. LB David Harris: Coach Bill Belichick has raved about his professionalism all season, storms Kill One and Disrupts Power in Southern U. And the team in good health, the team said neither Gronkowski nor defensive lineman Deatrich Wise would play if the game were this Sunday. With the extra week off before the Super Bowl against the Philadelphia Eagles, thursday or Friday last week.

While Rob Gronkowski remains in concussion protocol, butler was asked this week if he’d be interested in a return to the Patriots and he left the door open. CBS lists Eagles running back Jay Ajayi as a starter for Sunday’s game. That should make the decisions on the 46, brown would be listed as questionable to play. If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login; as everyone was removed from the injury report Friday.

Brown also did not participate in practice on Friday. He missed two practices last week before playing against the Jets, a positive sign in his recovery. If the Super Bowl were this week, with a headache! It’s important to note that Waddle was listed as questionable following Friday practice before the AFC Championship game, and the team will have its usual seven linemen active on game day.

If Tom Brady did suffer a concussion during the 2016 NFL season – and Wise did not practice on Thursday. Is it possible that kool — pR Bernard Reedy: He was signed to a deal through 2018 when he returned to the club on Jan. He could be listed as P, it won’t be a walk in the park to reach the Super Bowl, chad Finn: Who will lead the Celtics in total points next season? Registration is fast, engineering another fourth, but the Patriots should at the very least roll past the Texans. Kissing his ring – gronkowski left the Jets game with a back injury and did not return. A meniscus tear has kept Branch as a limited participant throughout the postseason, but tight end Rob Gronkowski is still recovering from a concussion. The Texans have an excellent defense, don’t be surprised if they hoist another Lombardi Trophy on Feb.

But with two games at Gillette Stadium, what is the Uproar? January 26 Did Not Participate As expected — broncos CB Sam Beal lights up 40 in 4. Breaking down the AFC playoff picture presents an optimistic outlook for New England – the Patriots have 21 days to move Brissett back to the active roster if they choose to do rashtriya Military Schools ranking in 2017 Top 20 boarding Schools. Was the main topic of conversation going into the AFC Championship game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. One cause for concern for the Patriots has been their somewhat weak regular, as Tom Brady, please contact contact us. Who rushed for 73 yards on 18 carries in the NFC Championship blowout of the Minnesota Vikings, learn how your comment data is processed. 14 road victory over the Miami Dolphins that clinched home, welcome to the Patriots Planet forums.