Orchard Park, N.Y. – The joyous screams were loud coming from the visitor’s locker room inside Highmark Stadium. The Patriots couldn’t hold back their emotions. Meanwhile, across the hall, the Buffalo Bills were melting down following the Pats 14-10 win in what was an odd game that resembled nothing like football is played in today’s NFL.
The Patriots went into the Bills’ house and were up against gale force winds with a rookie quarterback at the helm. Josh McDaniels called just three passing plays on the day, which are the fewest thrown by an NFL team since Buffalo accomplished that feat in 1974. The Patriots ran the ball down the Bills’ throat, with 46 rushing attempts for 222 yards. Buffalo knew what was coming and they still couldn’t stop it.
That’s why there was a rush of emotion when the clock hit zero. After starting the season 2-4, the 2021 Patriots have won seven-straight games. These Patriots are 9-4 and currently the AFC’s No. 1 seed. They’re also heading into their bye week.
Life is good. The Patriots are real. They look like legitimate Super Bowl contenders. What’s scary for the rest of the NFL is that these players still aren’t satisfied.
“It’s not finished. We’re not even close to being done. We haven’t even hit our ceiling as coach would say,” said Brandon Bolden. “We’ve got a lot of work to do. We’re trying to get on top of it.”
The Patriots have four games left in the 2021 season to cement a spot in the postseason. At this point, it seems like a foregone conclusion they’ll get in. It’s remarkable they’re in position to get the top seed in the AFC, but this winning streak and their performance on Monday has shown us why they’re Super Bowl contenders.
First, it starts with coaching.
Bill Belichick is the greatest NFL coach of all-time. He’s putting together a season that should net him the NFL’s Coach of the year honor. Josh McDaniels is also proving to be one of the best offensive coordinators in the…