3. Home-Field Advantage
The Patriots have one more clear edge here, and it’s where the game is being played. That would be at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, where New England has been nearly unbeatable for much of Belichick’s tenure.
Since Gillette opened in 2002, the Pats are 153-39 there (including playoffs). That’s a .797 winning percentage, folks.
Winning on the road in Week 1 is always tough, as the home fans are even more fired up than usual. That goes double for this game, as New England is also welcoming back Brady for a special ceremony. Patriots fans can’t wait to see their hero and Gillette is going to be absolutely electric.
New Englanders are also ready for football, perhaps even more than usual. The Red Sox’ season is unofficially over, so fans are ready to turn the page to the Patriots. They’ll also be eager to get outside after an unusual early September heat wave has kept many of them indoors this week.
Accordingly, look for Pats fans to give their team a much-needed boost.
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