Even though much of the struggles the Patriots have faced this season are due to their own mistakes, the latest injury report adds fuel to the already burning fire, as it lists nearly half the roster four days before they take on the Bills in Week 7.
It's the worst possible scenario as they prepare for a tough divisional battle, one that has them as the home underdogs for the first time against Buffalo in over 31 years.
Other than it being bad enough that 20 players are on the first injury report of the week, the number of starters, including all members of the projected starting offensive line, makes matters even worse. The injury bug continues to plague the team this season, creating even more problems for the team to attempt to overcome.
DID NOT PARTICIPATE:
- OT Trent Brown, Chest
- TE Hunter Henry, Ankle
- CB Jonathan Jones, Ankle
- OL Riley Reiff, Knee
- LB Josh Uche, Knee
- DL Keion White, Concussion
- C David Andrews, Ankle
- DL Christian Barmore, Knee
- DB Cody Davis, Knee
- WR Demario Douglas, Concussion
- S Kyle Dugger, Foot
- DL Trey Flowers, Foot
- DL Davon Godchaux, Ankle
- DB Jack Jones, Hamstring
- OL Mike Onwenu, Ankle
- DB Jabrill Peppers, Knee
- WR JuJu Smith-Schuster, Concussion
- RB Rhamondre Stevenson, Ankle
- G Cole Strange, Knee
- CB Shaun Wade, Shoulder
Although they would likely be underdogs heading into this game if the season were going more smoothly, the last three weeks, coupled with some of the most essential players being injured, doesn't bode well for their chances to sneak out a win.
After watching the Bills struggle until the final seconds of the game against the Giants last week, it gave some optimism that the Patriots may have a chance, at least under normal circumstances.
They improved their performance against the Raiders last week, but missed opportunities sealed their fate, specifically the drop by DeVante Parker, and it stripped almost any optimism heading into this upcoming week. Now add in the long list of injuries, and it's feeling like another blowout waiting to happen.