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Pats Pulpit Podcast Episode 058: Patriots start mid-season “preseason” against the 49ers

The Patriots treated the 49ers like a preseason game by throwing depth players into the starting lineup.

Alec and Rich cover the AFC and how the Raiders now control the conference, despite a former Patriots executive claiming the AFC North is the real threat. But what would be the real nightmare playoff scenario for the Patriots (10:00)?

Discussion shifts to the Patriots seemingly lackluster performance against the 49ers, and a potential "Second Preseason" theory (13:45). Will the suspension of DT Alan Branch and benching of ED Jabaal Sheard have a long term impact on the Patriots defense (23:00)?

Why did the offense struggle for the first three quarters, and especially right before the half (25:30)? Are the taller goal posts a reason for terrible kicking around the league (34:00)? Alec and Rich close by breaking down the New York Jets (38:10).

Alec and Rich cover it all. This podcast is available in the iTunes store, Stitcher, TuneIn, BluBrry, and via RSS Feed. Please subscribe and comment on what you want to hear about in future podcasts!