PATS COMPLETE ANNUAL "BEAT UP ON AFC SOUTH" WEEK

Andrew Brown
15 January 2018
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PATS COMPLETE ANNUAL "BEAT UP ON AFC SOUTH" WEEK

Since the beginning of time, there have been 3 certainties:

  1. Death
  2. Taxes
  3. The Patriots beating an AFC South team in the playoffs.

Yeah, the Pats have an insane win percentage over the rest of the NFL since Belichick took over. But their games against the AFC South has been on another level, even for this team.

AFC South
41 - 10
0.804

Look at that pie chart. The Patriots are almost 30 games above .500 when playing teams from the AFC South. And this includes the Colts when Manning was at the helm. 

It makes logical sense that some (if not many) of those 37 wins have come from beating up on bad teams in a weak division. However, playoff matchups should be a better gauge of how the Patriots Dynasty matches up against the best the South has to offer. With the result in the books for last week's game, let's take a look back at how the AFC South has faired against the New England Patriots in the playoffs.

 

2017: Tennessee Titans (35-14)

The Patriots dismantle the Marcus Mariota-led Titans by 3 touchdowns, only thanks to a garbage time score by the Titans. At one point, the Patriots had 30 first downs. The Titans had run 39 plays. Mariota was harassed all game, being sacked 8 times on the night.

The Patriots finished the night with 438 total yards of offense by running the hurry up for most of the game, taking advantage of a tired defensive front 4 since the Titans refused to cycle their D linemen.

2016: Houston Texans (34-16)

The Patriots offense puts up 377 total yards and 3 touchdowns against the #1 ranked defense on their way to an 18 point victory. While the Patriots offense seemed to struggle at times against the Houston pass rush, the game never felt close in the second half, thanks to 3 Brock Osweiler INTs after halftime. Dion Lewis accounts for 3 TDs by himself: 1 rushing, 1 receiving, and one on a 98-yard kickoff return.

2014: Indianapolis Colts (45-7)

Known mostly as the infamous "deflategate" game, this is another game that's over shortly after halftime when Brady completes a 15 yard TD pass to Nate Solder on 3rd and 1 to increase the lead to 24-7.

This game proceeded similarly to the 2 teams' prior regular season matchup, in which unknown Patriots RB Jonas Grey amassed over 200 rushing yards in his only real appearance of the season. This time, LeGarrette Blount dishes out the damage by rumbling for 148 yards and 3 TDs, as the Colts have no answer for the New England run game.

2013: Indianapolis Colts (43-22)

LeGarrette Blount gives a preview of things to come in next season's matchup by running for 166 of the teams 234 yards on the ground, along with 4 of the 6(!) rushing TDs by the Patriots on the night.

The vaunted Colts offense put up yards but not points, thanks to 4 Andrew Luck interceptions. The game is never in question, as the Patriots jumped out to an early 14 point lead in the first quarter.

2012: Houston Texans (41-28)

The Texans come into Gillette looking to redeem themselves for the blowout suffered earlier in the season in their "Letterman Jacket" game. Things start well for the Texans as they take the opening kickoff 94 yards, but the Patriots manage to hold Houston to an ensuing FG.

The Patriots respond quickly with a TD and never trail again. The Texans made it a game scoring right before the half to pull within 17-13. The Pats would score 3 consecutive TDs before the Texans would score again, at which point the Patriots lead was 38-20.


For those keeping track, the Patriots are 5-0 in last 6 seasons against AFC South division opponents. They're a combined 198-87 margin of victory is good for a +111 point differential. The average game score is 40 - 17.

40 - 17

The Patriots' average margin of victory is more than 3 touchdowns. Keep this in mind as the Jaguars come into Foxboro this week. Also keep in mind: the Patriots are undefeated against the Jags.

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