The New England Patriots don’t kick off until 4:25 P MET, but there is plenty of football to watch during the 1:00 PM ET slate. Here are the games and your Patriots rooting guide.
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Buccaneers at Dolphins (even): There’s a real chance this is the worst game of the week, but the Patriots are absolutely rooting for the Buccaneers to upset the Dolphins to further strengthen the Patriots hold on the AFC East.
Jaguars (-8) at Browns: Is this weird that the Patriots want the Jaguars to lose? I don’t think so. There’s a real case for Jacksonville being the second-best team in the AFC. Go Cleveland and force the Jaguars to play on the road in the playoffs.
Washington at Saints (-8): The Patriots are also rooting for the Saints for the sake of strength of schedule and strength of victory.
Use this as the open thread for discussion.