It seems strange to point at the New England offense in late December and say they need to play better.
However, after going on a seven game win streak and blowing out Indianapolis and Houston, they've had some tight games in between. The slow start vs. the 49ers and then a sloppy game in Jacksonville has Tom Brady furious over the inability to execute.
The offensive line in particular needs to step it up as Brady has been getting hit more every game. The two game stretch with the Texans and 49ers was a good indication who the Patriots really are. When inspired and fresh, they can blow you out of the building like the Texans game.
However, as in playoff scenarios on six day's rest, they struggled to wake up against the 49ers and had to overcome a 31-3 deficit with a furious comeback that left them spent and unable to finish the deal.
Then the Patriots traveled to Jacksonville to face the worst defense in football and struggled. It’s fairly obvious that when rested, they come...