Is Brian Flores prepared for what Bill Belichick and the Patriots plan to hit him with in Week 15?
Now, Bill Belichick has the perfect opportunity to return the holiday gift nobody wanted.
Last year, Miami’s valiant last-minute win in Foxborough that no one saw coming from a team that had recently been Tanking for Tua (surprise, surprise, they got him anyway) torpedoed the Patriots’ playoff path, dooming them to Wild Card Weekend and a home loss to the Titans.
Well, what have we here in Week 15? The Patriots, entering at 6-7 and traveling on the road to face a Miami team that enters Sunday at 8-4 with playoff aspirations. A wily veteran QB whose mobility is his best attribute facing off with a “strong defense/questionable offense” fringe AFC contender? Stephon Gilmore looking for another chance at vengeance after he got knocked off his block by DeVante Parker last year?
Gee, it sure would be a shame for Belichick to knock his old disciple’s postseason journey completely off course with an upset victory in a supposed “lost” season, wouldn’t it?
Especially after Andy Reid went ahead and made last year’s rivalry battle into such a big “thing” once the big, bad Patriots went down for the count.
If Reid’s willing to give away barbecue to someone else, you know it’s serious.
The Patriots dynasty may never be quite the same, and the braintrust is well aware they’re going to have to reckon with the program Flores has built for the next decade.
However, what a welcome it would be to this “next level” of contention for Belichick to pull out every trick play in his book to plant disaster in the mind of his old assistant? Last year’s December loss included a touchdown pass to a linebacker, after all.
Dial that up, double it.