The recipe for the Admiral Ackbar special is there. Two prime-time games in a row followed by a much lesser performance. A Patriots team coming off playing their hearts out the previous Sunday night in a comeback attempt coming up short. Having little to play for as long as conference rivals take care of their own business. Honestly, if it was any other team besides the New England Patriots, I would be circling Sunday’s game in Jacksonville as a trap game of epic proportions.
But the New England Patriots are not any other team. They are a smart and veteran team that treats every week importantly and looks down on no opponent. They are a well-coached team with a head-coach who openly believes that anyone can beat anyone on any given weekend, even if Bill Belichick silently goes back to the death-star and laughs at his lesser opponents. Their quarterback, Tom Brady, who is likely pissed an feels as if he didn’t play well enough to win last Sunday night against his childhood team on Sunday, even though the fifteen minutes he played when he led the Patriots to 28 unanswered points may be the greatest that anyone has ever seen Tom Brady play.
To put it in layman terms, this Patriots team is likely pissed off and very, very angry. You wouldn’t like them when they are angry. When they are angry, they drop fifty points on lesser opponents and laugh in their face. They throw the ball while up in the fourth quarter just because they are chasing some record like 800 points in a season. If anything, the Patriots don’t have trap games. Their trap games are just an excuse to run drop kicks and to put up 500 yards of total offense and this week it’s the poor Jacksonville Jaguars who have to suffer.
The line is 14.5 points, but honestly, it can’t be high enough. The Patriots are going to come out angry and ready to put up point-after-point and maybe even run the score up a bit.
I don’t think Patriots fans expect anything else.