But that doesn't mean they're fully bulletproof.
"Don't even get my anxiety started", wide receiver Chris Hogan said when asked if he remembered to pack everything. The worst boxes to have at the end of the first include 3,9; 9,9 and 0,8 - boxes that have occurred less than one percent of the time over the past three seasons. Although that may not seem impactful - a right tackle certainly doesn't carry the same weight as a center or a left tackle - it put a dent into the Patriots' abilities as an offense. "We're playing a great team but I tell you what, we've got a locker room full of guys that are ready for the challenge", Brady told the crowd outside Gillette Stadium. More specifically, we'll be viewing this on a per-drop back basis (Sack NEP per drop back) so as to account for volume. And not soon enough, they will square off for the biggest and - because of what's on the table - the best game of the season. They have some edge rushers, a good interior pass rush. That's a pretty major falloff. They'll need to keep extra defenders in the secondary against Brady. But it was nearly the Patriots' undoing against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
That 0,0 box was also the most coveted square to have at the end of the first quarter, occurring 18 percent of the time after the game's first 15 minutes, followed closely by 7,0 and 0,7, which occur 12 and 11 percent of the time, respectively. Brady was under pressure more often than that, as well.
This is the unit that has led them all year.
In their last three Super Bowl runs, the Patriots had to overcome a double-digit deficit four times.
"I'm still working on it", Brady said.
NXT was in town for a show, so the Wells Fargo Center was packed out with psycho wrestling fans who are likely the same people who took to the streets last weekend. And evidence of that comes from the rest of that game against the Jaguars.
Danny Amendola, the 32-year old who bounced around in the National Football League before joining the Patriots in 2013, is one of the more surprising names included in the list of Patriots players who have come up big in the postseason. Over five seasons, Amendola has averaged 46 receptions, 477 yards, and just over two touchdowns per year, while also serving as the team's most dependable punt returner.
MSU Coaches Tom Izzo, Mark Dantonio Complicit in Sexual Assault Reporting Suppression
The reporter asked whether Izzo had any regrets about how sexual assault allegations were handled by the basketball program. The Terrapins (15-8, 4-6) have lost five of seven, a skid that began with a 91-61 defeat at Michigan State on January 4.