Let’s do the 12 days of Patriots Playoff Xmas shall we? Let’s look at the New England Patriots by the numbers both for the 2013 season and since Bill Belichick and Tom Brady have been together. And lets see if these numbers give us any indication about where the Patriots might be on Feb 2, 2014. So play the 12 days of Xmas music underneath if you’d like but either way, digest these numbers and my added comments and respond if you’d like. Merry Xmas and a happy Patriots New Year!.
12 DAYS OF PATRIOTS PLAYOFF XMAS
12 - This is the 12th season that Brady has been the starting Patriots QB (yes I’m counting 2001 when he took over for Bledsoe)
11 - 11 of the Patriots games this year have been decided by 7 pts or less (7-4 record. They play to the level of their competition. Not good.)
10 - 10 of those 11 previous years with Brady , Pats have made the playoffs (2002 was the only year they missed. We are spoiled.)
9 - 9th season since they last WON a championship. (Try complaining to sports fans from other cities that we haven’t had a Patriots parade in 9 years. Like they care!)
8 - 8 times the Patriots have played more than one game in a post season run (2009 and 2010 lost to Ravens and Jets 1st game. Spoiled again)
7 - 7 of the Patriots games this year have been decided by 3 pts or less (6-1 record. They win the close ones because they are consistently the best team in the NFL at situational football. Good coaching)
6 - 2013 Pats defense is 6th worst in the NFL in 3rd down conversion %. (Bad coaching. Bad omen for playoffs.)
5 - Super Bowl appearances (3-2 record. Last NFL team to repeat as champions.)
4 - Major injuries 2013: Gronk, Wilfork, Mayo, Vollmer.
3 - Parades. (Try complaining to fans of other teams that we haven’t had a Patriots parade in 9 years. LIke they want to hear it!)
2 - Two advantages they have over other AFC contenders. Belichick and Brady. (Always been deciding factors but is it enough this time?)
1 - Crystal Ball to figure out where they hell this season will end up?