Sure, it's just preseason, but they wouldn't play the games at all if there wasn't a point to it. The Patriots, for the most part, haven't looked great thus far. They particularly didn't look good in the loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, prompting head coach Bill Belichick to go off on just about every aspect of his team's play.
But even go back to last year -- as Mazz does -- and look at the teams they beat and lost to. There aren't a lot of great wins on that schedule, while they lost to a few solid teams including the Giants twice.
So, is there enough to look at dating back to last season to make you concerned?
Let us know in the comments section.
When Tom Brady complained to officials during the third quarter of last week's Divisional Round game against the Texans, he was wondering why Jadeveon Clowney wasn't penalized for a late hit.
Not only did Brady get the call a little later in the game when Clowney hit him again in the fourth, but Clowney has now been fined for that hit. Per Pro Football Talk, Clowney was docked $18,231 for roughing the passer.
Brady defended his on-the-field tantrum in the third quarter after Clowney's hit, insisting it may have helped lead to the Patriots being given extra yardage in the fourth.
"Yeah, I would love to try to make sure the officials are paying close attention," Brady told WEEI's Kirk and Callahan show. "If we can get one of those 15-yard penalties, those are important."
Patriots corner Eric Rowe was also fined for his actions during the Divisional Round. He was hit with a $12,154 penalty after picking up an unsportsmanlike penalty for pulling a Texans player off of a scrum in the first quarter.
Tom Giles and CSN Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran discuss Donald Trump mentioning Bill Belichick and Tom Brady in his speech and the questioned asked by the media to Belichick and Brady in response.