The New England Patriots may have a rookie quarterback at the helm of their offense in Mac Jones, but their six consecutive wins have Bill Belichick and the rest of the squad in prime position to make a run at the championship.
Could a reunion with Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers be in the cards?
Brady took down New England in his return to Foxborough, and he has the Bucs positioned to host a home playoff game due to a weak division.
With the lack of an elite NFC team that stands above the rest, Brady and Tampa are considered among the favorites to make it to Super Bowl LV in Los Angeles.
While Jones making the Super Bowl seemed unthinkable earlier in the season, it’s clear that this team has constructed a rock-solid formula for picking up wins against some of the best in the AFC. If they do end up defying the odds and making it to the Super Bowl, it could set the stage for a ratings bonanza.
Former FOX executive Patrick Crakes claimed that Jones and the Patriots against Brady and the Buccaneers would be “the dream Super Bowl.” CBS vice president of programming Jay Rosenstein said that the storylines would “write themselves.” Only a game featuring the Dallas Cowboys againnst…well, anyone would outdraw that matchup.
The Patriots could face off against the Buccaneers in the Super Bowl.
These two teams are not the same squads that locked horns earlier in the year. With an elite defense and a ground game centered around Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson, the Patriots can grind out wins against anyone. Tampa Bay still has an elite passing game, but injuries have taken a chunk out of their defense.
Brady and Belichick are both excelling individually. With some of his competition either regressing or succumbing to injury, Brady is a frontrunner for yet another MVP award. After turning this team from 7-9 to 8-4, Belichick has a very compelling case for the Coach of the Year award.
Outside of anything featuring the Cowboys, putting New England and Tampa Bay together in LA would give the NFL a license to print money. The Thanksgiving ratings were the highest in decades, which should be a sign that the league will continue to crush it in the postseason if a few lucky bounces go their way.
Brady getting the win against Belichick in Week 4 was impressive, but Bill exacting his during the Super Bowl with the entire world watching would be something he could hold onto for the rest of his coaching career.