The New England Patriots don’t play until Monday Night, but there’s still a lot of interesting games taking place this week as we head into the final quarter of the season. Here’s the Patriots 1:00 PM rooting guide.
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Colts at Bills (?): Tyrod Taylor’s injury prevented the oddsmakers from creating an early line. The Patriots want the Colts to pull off the win because an Indianapolis victory would clinch the AFC East crown for New England.
Bears at Bengals (-6.5): The Patriots want the Bears to win for the sake of hurting the AFC North’s strength of schedule and victory, and also to ensure that the San Francisco 49ers draft pick stays ahead of Chicago’s.
And just like that, every early game has a Patriots-centric implication.
Use this as the open thread for discussion.