4. New England Patriots (1)
All good things must come to an end in the NFL, and while the New England Patriots will most likely draw plenty of criticism for coming up short in Sunday’s loss to the Baltimore Ravens, there’s obviously no reason to hit the panic button.
Over the first two months of the regular season, the Patriots’ defense has rightfully received all sorts of high praise for their elite play against opponents, but the unit clearly wasn’t fully prepared for Lamar Jackson.
With Jackson’s ability as a runner, New England became the latest victim that learned the hard way just how much of a difference maker the Louisville product can be for Baltimore on offense.
Knowing the Patriots, Bill Belichick will use this game as a learning experience to make sure New England bounces back in one of the strongest ways possible following the bye week when they take on the Philadelphia Eagles in the City of Brotherly Love.
As crazy as this sounds to believe, just about every football fan knew the Patriots would lose at some point, and based off their history from previous years, if New England gets a rematch in the postseason, Baltimore could be in trouble during that game.