An imperfect but exciting win against the 1st seed

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS – November 28: Kendrick Bourne #84 of the New England Patriots runs after catching up in the third round against the Tennessee Titans at Gillette Stadium on November 28, 2021 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss / Getty Images)

The Patriots beat the top seed in the AFC by 23 points, but even Bill Belichick admits they’re far from perfect. It took the Titans to beat themselves and some clutch play for the Patriots to pull away in this game, a 36-13 win that put the Pats back in first place in the AFC East with a chance to take the No. conference.

In the end, the Titans withered for the quarter before returning and giving Pats a challenge. That’s the special case up front. This was the first game in more than a month where the Patriots weren’t dominating the serves on either side. In fact, you could argue that the Titans dominated this matchup.

Obviously, that wasn’t enough for Tennessee. The Patriots were able to pull through some grappling in the trenches and pull off some explosive levels, both offensively and defensively. Confusingly, pass catchers were able to lift meh game for quarterback Mac Jones who has a rating of 123.2 passers looking better than they really are. Jones avoided a big mistake and threw 310 yards during the season, so he qualifies as “neutral” in this game, neither “Up” nor “Down”.

So what the hell? to be up and down, then?! Well, keep reading and you’ll find out…

Next Up and down will actually come next Tuesday, since the Patriots play the Buffalo Bills on “Monday Night Football.” But that’s, obviously, another big game for the Pats, and AFC East supremacy (perhaps conference supremacy) will play out. Keep stable.

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