The Patriots are vulnerable away from Gillette Stadium, having gone 2-2 in four road games. They’re also fresh off a bye week, and the last time they took the field they dropped 55 points on the Steelers.
In order to keep that momentum going and avoid another road loss, the Patriots must keep their foot on the gas and continue their aggressive play on offense. As usual, it all starts with the maestro, Tom Brady, and evolves from there.
The Patriots will need contributions from a red-hot Stevan Ridley as well. As he goes, so goes the run game, and when the Patriots run well Brady can orchestrate diverse drives and keep opposing defenses off balance.
Look for Rob Gronkowski to make his presence felt as well. Coming off his first touchdown of the season, Gronk has wasted no time recapturing his dominant form.
Of course, as Bill Belichick would say, to win you must perform well in all three phases of the game. It’s not just an offensive game, and the Patriots will need solid efforts all around.
Here are five players who must step up to give the Patriots a much-needed win with the Denver Broncos coming to town next week.
All statistics courtesy of pro-football-reference.com, unless otherwise noted.