No one expected the New England Patriots to lose two of their first three home games.
Fans were surprised when the Chiefs went into Foxborough and defeated the defending Super Bowl champions in convincing fashion in the season opener, but they were shocked after Cam Newton and the Panthers were able to leave Gillette Stadium as victors just a few weeks later. What’s even crazier is that had Tom Brady not manufactured a masterful drive late in the team’s Week 3 matchup against the Texans, New England could’ve started the season with an 0-3 home record.
But it’s all water under the bridge now, and business as usual in Foxborough. The Patriots have won five consecutive games since losing to the Panthers, and, once again, look to be one of the few dominant teams in the NFL. They are currently favored to claim the AFC’s top seed according to NFL betting odds for the season.
The Patriots, to their credit, boast a 4-0 record on the road, with one of those wins coming on “Thursday Night Football,” a spot where visiting teams have traditionally struggled. Brady was recently asked about the team’s formula for success on the road during his weekly interview on Westwood One, and here’s what he had to say.
“There’s positives and negatives,” Brady said, when asked by Jim Gray. “Sometimes it can be a negative with communication with the offense, but on the other side of the ball, for the opposing team’s defense, their communication is challenged as well. I think we’ve done a great job understanding what we’re getting ourselves into.
“We try to put a lot of pressure on the defense, and we’ve done that,” Brady added.
The Patriots will put their undefeated road record on the line next week when they square off against the Raiders in Mexico City on “Monday Night Football.”