The Patriots and Chargers are both coming off tough road games that went down to the wire. The Chargers went in to Baltimore and beat the Ravens 34-33 in the final minutes while New England lost a close matchup to the Green Bay Packers, 26-21. The Patriots are still the AFC’s top seed at 9-3 and the Chargers are currently occupying a wildcard spot at 8-4. Sunday night’s game will not be easy for a Patriots’ team that is on the west coast facing a good team but they should still be able to win the game and it will begin with their offense.
San Diego has defended the pass well, giving up 221 yards a game which is good for seventh in the league. Tom Brady will have some options in the passing game but unlike most games the Patriots may be best off working from the outside in. They have not faced a player of Rob Gronkowski’s caliber but they have done a good job defending the tight end position, containing both Denver’s Julius Thomas and Kansas City’s Travis Kelce. Gronkowski should still be able to find some openings but the Patriots may look to some of their other receiving targets. Continue reading How the Patriots Can Attack the Chargers »