Patriots lose fourth on the road in Miami

Patriots lose fourth on the road in Miami
December 16, 2013, 2:45 pm
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The longer the Patriots can stay in Foxboro this postseason, the better. Sunday was their fourth road loss of the season (3-4). They remain unbeaten at Gillette (7-0).
 
And while none of the losses has been a blowout, (13-6 at Cincy, 30-27 at the Jets, 24-20 at Carolina and 24-20 at Miami), the home-road record disparity is hard to ignore.
 
“We’ve had close games on the road; we’ve had close games at home,” Bill Belichick said Monday. “Look, we have eight games on the road; we have eight games at home. That’s the way it’s going to be every year. We’ve had close ones on the road; we’ve had close ones at home.”
 
Taking the liberty of interpretation, his point is probably that -- change a play or two against the Jets and Panthers and a couple against the Saints and Texans -- the games haven’t been lopsided enough home or away to signal a major crisis when airplanes are involved.
 
The only game the Patriots were horrendous in was the loss to Cincinnati. And in that one, Tom Brady was throwing at the end zone in a monsoon with 26 seconds left with a chance to tie the game. (He was picked.)
 
Furthering the contention that there’s not much difference between their home and road performances, their six road losses since the start of 2012 have been by a total of 20 points. Included in there are one-point losses to the Seahawks and Ravens.
 
Still, while it isn’t the same level of away-from-home incompetence the 2009 Patriots exhibited, the final results point to the Pats being better off sleeping in their own beds the night before they play.