What undefeated season? The Patriots are inches away from being 0-3 when playing in New England, with their only Patriots-like complete outing coming in New Orleans. In the top-heavy AFC, it doesn’t take more than one or two games to change the course of the all-important top seed in the playoffs and home-field advantage. New England is already chasing Pittsburgh and the AFC West leaders.
The Patriots’ next home game is a rematch with the Falcons, and they soon have very tough road games against the Broncos, Raiders and Steelers. With their defense losing all factors of intimidation, they’ve got to dig deep to rediscover the Foxborough mystique, or they can forget about the hyped repeat.
The offense, however, won’t suddenly break out a slump in the usual physical, hard-hitting game between these rivals. Pittsburgh has more firepower and balance to break through for key plays in this one to take early control of the AFC North.
The Raiders’ offense is hitting some familiar snags against better Cheap Jerseys Authentic defenses after it ripped apart the Titans and Jets early. After Marshawn Lynch is slowed, Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree will be caught in the Mile High No-Fly Zone. The Raiders’ defensive back Cheap Jerseys Bing seven will have a lot more trouble, especially with the Broncos’ backs and receivers after the catch.