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Fact-checking Bart Scott's blatantly incorrect Patriots observation

Fact-checking Bart Scott's blatantly incorrect Patriots observation

NFL analysts say the darndest things.

The Patriots' rare loss to the Houston Texans on Sunday night prompted every Monday morning quarterback to write New England's eulogy for one reason or another.

Former Baltimore Ravens and New York Jets linebacker Bart Scott joined that chorus Monday on FOX Sports 1's "First Things First," explaining why he thinks the Patriots may not reach Super Bowl LIV.

 

"Their path to the Super Bowl -- we know what it is if they don't host throughout (the playoffs)," Scott said. "They've never made a Super Bowl when they had to go on the road at any point. So, it's going to be interesting to see."

Scott's point is well-taken: The Patriots are a better home team in the playoffs and have had Super Bowl runs derailed by having to play on the road in the AFC Championship Game. (See: 2013 and 2015.) They may have to do that this season after the Baltimore Ravens jumped to the No. 1 seed Sunday.

Scott's point is also factually inaccurate.

Here are three separate occasions in the Bill Belichick-Tom Brady era where the Patriots won road playoff games en route to winning the Super Bowl:

2001

- AFC Championship Game at Pittsburgh: Beat Steelers 24-17
- Super Bowl XXXVI: Beat St. Louis Rams 20-17

2004

- AFC Championship Game at Pittsburgh: Beat Steelers 41-27
- Super Bowl XXXIX: Beat Philadelphia Eagles 24-21

2018

- AFC Championship Game at Kansas City: Beat Chiefs 37-31 (OT)
- Super Bowl LIII: Beat Los Angeles Rams 13-3

Scott didn't have the Patriots' history books in front of him, so we'd like to give him the benefit of the doubt. Everyone makes mistakes on live TV.

But you'd think he might remember that time last season when the Patriots went into Kansas City and upset the top-ranked Chiefs.

In any case, we felt like someone had to hold Scott accountable for his take misfire. As for his other bold prediction -- the Patriots "go AB hunting" and bring back wide receiver Antonio Brown -- that one isn't looking so hot, either.

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Patriots sign trick-shot kicker to the practice squad

Patriots sign trick-shot kicker to the practice squad

FOXBORO — Might as well, right? 

The Patriots have had to trot out four different place kickers in 2019. Three of them have come aboard since Stephen Gostkowski went on season-ending injured reserve. They had another, Younghoe Koo, on the practice squad for a time. 

They're trying everything there. And while Nick Folk has been solid — as solid as a third option could be — the Patriots aren't going to prevent themselves from seeking out ways to improve that spot. 

Even if that means bringing in a YouTube star. 

According to ESPN, the team has signed trick-shot kicker Josh Gable to its practice squad. Gable was out at practice on Wednesday afternoon. 

The Patriots worked out Gable earlier this year but the job went to Mike Nugent. Then Nugent was released in favor of Folk. When Folk had to get his appendix out, Kai Forbath came aboard. 

Now Gable will have a chance to impress on an NFL roster. At least for a time. He did not play college football, and played pro soccer in Europe for a time. He played in the Indoor Football League for the Nebraska Danger and Tucson Sugar Skulls. 

Gable's videos show some clear athleticism and a strong leg, but he'll be tested in the elements in New England (it snowed in the Foxboro area early Wednesday morning). He'll have his hands full carving out a role.

But at this point, for the Patriots, why not? 

The Patriots had multiple practice-squad spots open after two of their p-squad players, defensive back Nate Brooks and offensive linemen Tyler Gauthier, were signed to the active rosters of the Dolphins and Jaguars, respectively. There was a new (at this point unannounced) practice-squad defensive back at Wednesday's practice as well.

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NFL exec gives brief update on status of Patriots-Bengals investigation

NFL exec gives brief update on status of Patriots-Bengals investigation

A resolution to the NFL's investigation into the New England Patriots videotaping the Cincinnati Bengals' sideline in Cleveland last weekend is not likely to be announced Wednesday.

NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent provided a brief statement on the status of the investigation Wednesday afternoon.

The Athletic reported Tuesday the Patriots' tape has about eight minutes of footage focused on the Bengals' sideline.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick reiterated during his Wednesday press conference that he and the football staff had absolutely nothing to do with the video crew that was present at the Bengals-Browns game in Cleveland.

The Patriots said Monday in a statement that the video crew was at FirstEnergy Stadium to get footage for an upcoming episode of the team's "Do Your Job" series that runs on Patriots.com. The team noted in the statement that its failure to inform the Bengals and the league of the taping was an "unintended oversight". The Patriots also admitted the video crew "inappropriately filmed the field from the press box."

The defending Super Bowl champs play the Bengals in Cincinnati on Sunday. The Week 15 matchup is the Patriots' final road game of the regular season.

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