The New England Patriots have a chance at clinching the division already with a win on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins; the second-placed team in the division. Neither team has faced off this season, but the Patriots have already swept the season series against both of their rivals to the north.
Brandon Lloyd has never been on a team that has been to the playoffs, so this is a big year for him with his new team. The Patriots are pretty much locks for the playoffs, but Lloyd told ESPN Boston that he isn’t focused on that.
“It’s definitely new for me, but I’m preparing every day and going into the games on the weekend like it’s normal.”
“It’s out there, and it’s a realistic goal, but it comes down to playing the game and that’s what we’re focused on,” he added.
Limited in the Patriots first practice this week on Wednesday, the veteran wideout also took some time to praise the Dolphins elite pass rush that has talented players such as Randy Starks and Cameron Wake chasing after QBs. Like Tom Brady, he also talked about the Miami heat (no pun intended…well, maybe) and the challenges it presents.
No receiver has been sent deep more than Lloyd, and he has done his part by stretching the field vertically and taking pressure off of the playmakers in the middle of the field. He is one catch away from 50 on the season and is on pace for over 800 receiving yards.
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