There is an old saying that “it doesn’t matter how you start, it’s how you finish.” The New England Patriots are prime examples of this saying.
For the second game in a row, the Patriots fell behind early. This one was to a Houston Texans team that despite their record are a formidable opponent. Last week, the Patriots were shutout in the first half against a great team in the Denver Broncos but pulled off a remarkable comeback to win the game in overtime. Falling behind against a team that you have no reason to be doing so against raises multiple red flags. What is going to happen when the offense led by Tom Brady cannot respond when they come out of the tunnel for the second half? Of course, knowing Brady he will find a way to respond no matter what the deficit, and Bill Belichick‘s coaching will help them out in more ways than one.
The issue is when the team that the Patriots play becomes a force on both sides of the ball and control the game from start to finish. That can spell trouble for the team — especially when it comes to the postseason. Teams will be playing at an elite level to make it to New Jersey for the Super Bowl for the chance to hoist the Lombardi Trophy. The Patriots will not be able to afford falling behind in the postseason. Once a team smells fear in the postseason they will jump on the opportunity to bury and put teams away. They were lucky this time around to avoid an upset, but when it comes to stronger teams they won’t hesitate to compete and win.
No matter what, the Patriots must start and finish strong the entire way or they can kiss whatever Super Bowl hopes they have goodbye.