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3 FROM WAAAAAAAY DOWNTOWN! First 3 thoughts about the Patriots & Chargers

The "Unamed Source" is famous in media circles these days. This one in particular works in local sports media, but for any number of reasons, wants to stay anonymous.

Philip Rivers is having another career year.

The last two times that Philip Rivers was “having the best season of his career” it was 2006 and 2007. Both of those seasons ended for the Chargers at the hands of the Patriots. The Ravens corpse wasn’t even cold yet when Rivers referenced losing to the Patriots in the 2007 AFC Championship game. There is a score to settle there, however Rivers is 0-7 in his career against Tom Brady. Seems relevant.

Joey Bosa’s back and there’s gonna be trouble. Hey now hey now, Joe Bosa’s back.

Doo-wop aside, I am concerned about the Chargers pass rush. Bosa is one of the games’ best young edge rushers, while Melvin Ingram supplies the time tested ingredient to beat Tom Brady: pressure up the middle without blitzing. Bosa missed most of the season with an injury but as you say in Baltimore yesterday, he flushed more Ravens than a well-trained bird dog. (The Source knows you don’t hunt ravens, though he tried as a kid with a Daisy Red Rider BB gun on the back of a 4-wheeler but that’s neither here nor there.)

We’re gonna have to do this the hard way.

There’s not more ardent Patriots fan than The Source, but even I will admit that during some of these championship runs, a lot of things have broken our way. All of the years Peyton faltered in the divisional round, Tebow knocking the Steelers out in the Wild Card round in 2011 and Andrew Luck upsetting the Broncos in 2014.

This year though if the Patriots are going to Super Bowl LIII, they’re going to have to beat the other two best teams in the conference, the Chargers and Chiefs with the latter on the road. Tough road ahead for New England, but that’s what makes the NFL Playoffs great.

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