The New England Patriots secured a first round bye in the NFL playoffs, but just because the team gets to take a week off from football doesn’t mean we should. Here are some reasons why New Englanders should grab some friends, brews, and pizza and spend all weekend tuned into football.
|1.||Scout the possible opponents|
After many seasons of mediocrity with former Patriot Matt Cassel at quarterback, the Chiefs are a legit team again with replacement Alex Smith and head coach Andy Reid. Patriots fans will remember Reid from Super Bowl 39 where New England took down Reid’s Eagles 24-21.
The Colts would probably be the most fun to see face off against New England, but it’s certainly less fun with Peyton Manning gone. Indy would also be the easiest for the Patriots to knock off. The team punched its ticket to the dance by beating up on the Titans, Jaguars, and Texans in the AFC South while sprinkling in other victories here and there.
Cincinnati would pose a bit more of a challenge for the Patriots. Quarterback Andy Dalton and A.J. Green know how to connect in the end zone. I mean, they’ve done it 11 times already this season. The Bengals also boast the NFL’s third-best defense and have won five of the last six games. Cincy would be the scariest for the Pats to face in the divisional round.
|2.||There isn’t much football left this season|
|3.||You don’t want to be the one who missed the big play|