Patriots at the bye week

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Patriots at the bye week

Tom E. Curran and Mike Giardi sat down to talk about what the Patriots need to do during their bye week to help them continue further into the season.

"I think with the New England Patriots right now, you have to establish if there is an Achilles heel present." said Curran, "I think the Achilles heel that existed last year is that they were one-dimensional offensively, and you found that in the postseason when the Jets overwhelmed them along the offensive line. The Patriots didn't have an answer in the running game. I think the Patriots have addressed that Achilles heel."

Curran then identified a new potential problem for the 2011 Patriots that might hold them back from becoming a strong team going into the second half of the season.

"All it takes is one team with one good scheme and a couple mistakes and then everything blows up in your face," said Curran, "The Patriots have been more mistake-prone in 2011 than they were in 2010. That to me is a little bit of a concern, especially from the offense."

Clowney fined for hit on Brady; Rowe fined for unsportsmanlike penalty

Clowney fined for hit on Brady; Rowe fined for unsportsmanlike penalty

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