In my multiple conversations about the Patriots and the playoffs, I told everyone I wanted Bill and boys to face the Chargers.
I was afraid of the Ravens running QB, and I really dislike that franchise. They have a statue of Ray Lewis for Pete’s sake.
Plus I like the Pats chances against a warm weather, west coast team coming east for 1am games in back to back weeks. (That’s 10am west coast time)
So my wish came true. The Chargers are coming to town and they are legit. I know that. They went 12-4 in the regular season, which was tied for the best record in the AFC and was just one game back of the best record in the NFL.
LA was 5-1 after Thanksgiving. This is not the pushover team that simply shows up to Gillette to lose. This is a real-deal, heavy-duty playoff football team.
Officially, they’re 7-1 on the road, but now, after Sunday’s win, they’re 9-0 in games the required them to board an airplane.
Of course, the Patriots went undefeated at home this season, and they’ve won 15 in a row in Foxboro (playoffs included).
The Patriots are, obviously, a force in their own building. But the Chargers’ excellence on the road will help to neutralize that advantage.
The Chargers’ defense did a great job against Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson on Sunday. A really, really good job. But Tom Brady figures to be slightly better at passing the football than Lamar Jackson. Slightly.
If you’re scoring, the Patriots have gone 8-3 against the Chargers (including 2-0 in the playoffs) since Bill Belichick became head coach of the Pats. It won’t be easy but I’ll put my money on New England winning 27-23.
(Some text and stats courtesy of Micheal Hurley and CBSBoston.com)