- Patriots defense: Force Sam Darnold to beat you on the outside by taking away rookie tight end Chris Herndon.
- Patriots offense: Continue to focus on pounding the rock. This is no time to “work on” the little inadequacies of the passing game that have garnered so much attention over the past few months. If they can replicate the ground game production they had in week 12, then they’ll have two weeks of practice to sharpen up for their first playoff opponent.
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