New England Patriots 4 Downs Review: Week 11 @ Philadelphia Eagles

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - NOVEMBER 17: Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots celebrates after throwing a touchdown pass to Phillip Dorsett II #13 (not pictured) during the third quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on November 17, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - NOVEMBER 17: Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots celebrates after throwing a touchdown pass to Phillip Dorsett II #13 (not pictured) during the third quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on November 17, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /
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PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA – NOVEMBER 17: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots gestures during the first half against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on November 17, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA – NOVEMBER 17: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots gestures during the first half against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on November 17, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /

3rd Down: Next game in a tough stretch

When the 2019 schedule came out, this block of five games in which the Patriots played the Ravens, the Eagles, the Cowboys, the Texans, and the Chiefs, was widely circled on NFL calendars and considered to be the true “gauntlet” that would make or break New England’s season.

So far, the Pats are 1-1. They lost to Baltimore, and then with their bye week following the loss, the Patriots were in a must-win situation. Despite falling behind early, they pulled out a hard-fought victory against a quality opponent… and they accomplished this on the road in a hostile environment, no less.

Now the New England Patriots have the momentum back they needed as they continue with this final trio of tough games. At 9-1, the Pats are still a game up on Baltimore and two games up on Buffalo. Thankfully, the Patriots play at home in two of their next three games (against the Cowboys and the Chiefs).