Their iconic Quarterback went South to warmer weather and got a another Super Bowl Ring…
That was two years ago…
Coach Bill Belichick and his team are riding back on the arm and guts of a young Quarterback…..
Those who play football in New England agree to abide by certain tenets, or else. They must do their jobs. They must not worry about what they cannot control. They must not bring undue attention upon themselves.
Earlier this season, foreign sentiments spilled from the mouths of Patriots players, and they echoed across the region. Losers of three of their first four games — and four of their first six — the Patriots were, players professed, better than their record indicated. In Coach Bill Belichick’s realm, proffering excuses is tantamount to snitching. But this was not that. This was foreshadowing.
In this unpredictable season, where even the lowliest of teams have flattened division leaders, there is a measure of comfort — in the A.F.C., though, it’s called distress — to be found in the Patriots’ return to prominence. They thrashed whoever remained of the Tennessee Titans on Sunday for their sixth consecutive victory, forcing four turnovers and posting a second-half shutout in a 36-13 win that vaulted New England into that most familiar of stations, first place in the A.F.C. East.
As a reminder, the Patriots (8-4) ruled that division for 11 consecutive years. Their superiority ended last season, when Buffalo capitalized on Tom Brady’s departure for Tampa Bay to win its first A.F.C. East title in 25 years. After all that waiting, Buffalo’s reign might last only one season.
New England reinvented itself in a frenetic off-season to emerge as a threat in both its division and conference. As other teams in the N.F.L. wobble week to week — Buffalo lost to Jacksonville, Baltimore lost at Miami, Tennessee lost to the Jets and played Sunday without offensive stars like Derrick Henry, A.J. Brown and Julio Jones — the Patriots do what they have done for the better part of two decades: win.
Through 12 weeks, the Patriots own the best point-differential in the league (plus-146). During their winning streak, they have outscored the opposition, 211-63, and forced 17 turnovers. A healthy offensive line has created seams for the running backs Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson and afforded the rookie quarterback Mac Jones time and confidence in the pocket to throw…..
image of Brady and Mac Jones…NY Post