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Brett Favre doesn't seem worried about Tom Brady, Patriots' struggling offense

Brett Favre doesn't seem worried about Tom Brady, Patriots' struggling offense

Sunday night's loss to the Houston Texans marked yet another less-than-stellar performance from the New England Patriots offense.

Tom Brady showed his frustrations with the offense's struggles early in the second quarter, when he was seen on the NBC broadcast having an animated conversation with his receivers on the sideline. Despite the game's unfortunate result, Brady maintains an optimistic outlook for the rest of the season.

Also an optimist is NFL legend Brett Favre, who unlike plenty of other pundits isn't buying into the "Patriots are toast" talk. Here's what he had to say about the offense and Brady's frustration during his show on SiriusXM NFL Radio.

[Brady] has been so good and so consistent for so long, and I don’t think he is any different today and last night and last week, than he was last year or the year before. I think it’s more the pieces around him.

I would not count them out. I think what we saw on the sidelines, he almost threw his helmet it seemed, he’s yelling and screaming, but those guys respect him. There’s no doubt. I respect him. I think the guy is a tremendous player and leader. He will find a way to bring it out of those guys. I think that they’re playing as hard as they can for him but they got to understand what he’s asking for. Not so much what the play is, but what he’s asking for. What he’s thinking about in that 2-3 second span by the time he gets the ball and releases it. You draw up plays, you coach ‘em, but then sometimes you react and your instincts take over and that’s what he’s trying to pull out of them.

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Favre also believes the Patriots could flip a switch at just the right time as they look to make yet another deep playoff run.

I think you can get so much better. And I’m referring to the Patriots first, but any team can get so much better. It’s like something clicks, and it’s like the light switch is turned on. And right now it’s kind of on and off, on and off, on and off. But it can turn on just that quickly and when you have Tom [Brady] at quarterback and there’s success and Edelman’s still healthy and the other guys just kind of catch on just a little bit, they can be dangerous.

Brady and the Patriots have another tough test on Sunday when they'll take on the Patrick Mahomes-led Kansas City Chiefs (8-4). That anticipated matchup is set to kick off at 4:25 p.m. ET at Gillette Stadium.

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Ravens vs. Bills: Week 14 spread, live stream, playoff picture impact

Ravens vs. Bills: Week 14 spread, live stream, playoff picture impact

The New England Patriots are in two different AFC playoff races -- the fight for the No. 1 seed in the conference and AFC East supremacy -- and Sunday's showdown between the Baltimore Ravens and Buffalo Bills impacts both of those scenarios.

The Ravens look like the best team in the NFL thanks to quarterback Lamar Jackson, who is the betting favorite for NFL MVP. Many football fans and the media have been reluctant to take the Bills seriously so far given their weak schedule. But it's now time to pay close attention to the Bills, whose convincing road win over the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving was quite impressive.

Here's everything Patriots fans need to know about the Ravens vs. Bills Week 14 matchup.

When: Sunday, Dec. 8 at 1 p.m. ET
TV Channel: CBS
Live Stream: FuboTV

Odds (via Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas)
Spread
: Ravens -6
Over/under: 44

Playoff Picture Impact
The Ravens enter Week 14 as the No. 1 seed in the AFC as a result of their Week 13 win over the San Francisco 49ers, combined with the Patriots' loss to the Houston Texans. The Ravens and Patriots have identical 10-2 records, but Baltimore owns the head-to-head tiebreaker because of its Week 9 victory over New England. The Patriots need the Ravens to lose at least one more time for the defending champs to take back the No. 1 seed and homefield advantage throughout the playoffs. The Bills are the Ravens' toughest test over the final four games of the regular season.

Buffalo is only a game behind New England for first place in the AFC East, which is a surprising scenario this deep into the season. The Patriots currently own the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Bills as a result of their Week 4 win in Buffalo. Therefore, a Patriots loss and a Bills win in Week 14 would still keep New England atop the division, but it likely would also set up a fascinating Week 16 matchup at Gillette Stadium with first place in the division at stake.

A Bills win over the Ravens throws the AFC playoff race into chaos, which would be a pretty exciting scenario for the final three weeks of the season.

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Report: Julian Edelman, Mohamed Sanu expected to play vs. Chiefs

Report: Julian Edelman, Mohamed Sanu expected to play vs. Chiefs

The New England Patriots have been dealing with injuries at the receiver position in recent weeks. But the injuries the team's top pass catchers are dealing with shouldn't keep them out against the Kansas City Chiefs.

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Patriots are expected to have both Julian Edelman and Mohamed Sanu available for Sunday's key clash.

This was expected to be the case, but it is good that the Patriots don't have to make any game-time calls with their receivers as they had to in previous weeks with Sanu specifically.

Though Edelman has been battling a shoulder injury in recent weeks that has impacted his catch radius, he has still been Tom Brady's preferred target. In the past two games, he has caught a team-high 14 passes for 119 yards and a touchdown.

As for Sanu, he returned from a one-game absence last week against the Houston Texans but only managed to catch three passes for 14 yards. He'll be looking to do more against the Chiefs as he continues to get further removed from the ankle malady that caused him to miss the game against the Dallas Cowboys.

With Edelman and Sanu likely to play, we can now shift our focus to the team's other four questionable players, a group that includes Jason McCourty and Patrick Chung.

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