After the New England Patriots loss to the Denver Broncos 24-30 in overtime, it seems like all of Patriot nation is in a panic. Fans are nervous, haters are happy, and the Patriots aren't the best team in the NFL anymore. The truth is, none of those should be true and here's why:
Although the Pats lost in a tough game in snowy Denver, they still put up and fight and pulled it into overtime. You may be wondering how that is supposed to make you feel confident in this team, and the fact is that the Pats were missing Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, Aaron Dobson, Jamie Collins, Nate Solder, and Nate Solder just to start the game (Lewis and Solder out for year on season ending IR). As the game went on the team also lost both Rob Gronkowski, and Dont’a Hightower due to knee injuries. The Pats not only had to play the Broncos, they had to go up against the refs (but that's a whole other story) While the Pats were missing so many pieces of the puzzle, they still had Tom Brady, and that's all they need. The injury riddled Patriots somehow stayed up there with the previously 8-2 Broncos (only to lose in OT).
Next week the 4-7(L3) Eagles come to town to face off against our 10-1(L1) Patriots in a 4:25 EST matchup at Gillette. Danny Amendola and Jamie Collins will probably both be back and ready to play for this game come game time. There is also a possibility of Dont’a Hightower coming back and playing Sunday after limited participation in practice on Wednesday. If all goes as planned, the Patriots should be able to win this game and re-ignite their Super Bowl aspirations.
Julian Edelman should be back from his broken foot and ready to go come playoff time and maybe back even by week 17. Gronk is a whole other situation. He is week to week with no time table for return except for being ruled out for Sunday’s game. That means he could be back In one week or could make his first appearance in the playoffs, who knows.
Stop the panic, tell the haters, and keep calm, the Super Bowl trip is still on even with all the current injuries!
By Blake Monachino