How does Bill Belichick keep doing this? Despite Tom Brady regressing in 2018, a multitude of injuries at key positions, and declining play from the offensive line, the Patriots are 11-5 and earned a first-round bye.
New England fans should be feeling pretty optimistic about their chances in a weak AFC, as they have a 4-0 record against teams who made the playoffs this season.
Let's not get crazy about NE going 4-0 vs. playoff teams— Scott Kacsmar (@FO_ScottKacsmar) January 9, 2019
Beat HOU at home in Week 1 during its 0-3 start
Beat IND at home in Week 5 during its 1-5 start; short week
Beat KC at home in Week 6; 43-40 game
Beat CHI on road in Week 7; CHI started 3-3
Also lost to 5 non-PO teams https://t.co/71JAvu23Sd
No matter what else happens in the playoffs, this team does have losses to the Lions and Jaguars on the ledger.
When they went against Indianapolis, the Colts were mired in a losing streak and had yet to establish an identity on offense.
Their win against the Chiefs was at home and saw Patrick Mahomes carve up their defense. If Kansas City's defense was competent, they win that game in all likelihood.
I remember watching the first half of of the Patriots game and thinking, "well, at least it took Belichick to expose Mahomes and he'll come back down to earth now." Then he came out after halftime and lit their defense on fire. pic.twitter.com/XtozHEMFGZ— Seth Keysor (@RealMNchiefsfan) December 30, 2018
Brady-Belichick magic in the playoffs never fails.
For that reason, the Patriots should strike fear into anyone who has to go up against them. However, their resume against the best of the best isn't perfect and is far from blemished. They are beatable.