The New England
Patriots need to win the game in Week 17. Confronting the New York Jets is
quite a challenge, but the team needs to do that to stick at the No. 2 seed in
the conference. The Patriots will also get the first-round bye in the playoffs.
If things go in their favor around the league, the Patriots could jump to the
No. 1 seed and enjoy home field advantage. This would also give the team a new
A win on Sunday would bring a clean sweep in Foxboro for 2018. In other words, the Patriots will be unbeaten and untied at home for the seventh time since 1970, and that will actually break the current tie with the Vikings. The Patriots won their NFL record tenth straight division title, and the records can keep coming.
New England is
undefeated at home but they are a 3-5 team away from Foxboro. That’s the worst
record since 2009.
“It just shows how tough it is to go play in the NFL, to go
out and win a road game. I’ve
been playing for a few years now and no doubt about it, going on the road is
definitely tough in the NFL. But, it is what it is. You’ve just got to deal
with it. We’ve got the Jets this week and we’re home, so our main focus is on
them and what we’ve got to do to beat them,” Gronk said.
This may not mean a
thing, and the team should better focus on the playoffs.
“Once we get to that part of the season, it doesn’t matter
your record home, away – none of that matters. We’re at the point in the season
where each time we win one game, we get a chance to play again the next week.
So, it kind of starts this week, that kind of mentality. Beating the Jets and
trying to get a win I think helps us going forward in our season, and then
after that, each time we win, we get a chance to continue our season,” said safety Devin McCourty.