Shawne Merriman guarantees former team will beat Patriots on Sunday

John Tomase
January 08, 2019 - 1:24 pm

The Patriots turned the lights out on Shawne Merriman more than once in his Pro Bowl career, but the former Chargers standout believes the tables will turn this weekend.

Appearing on "The Herd" with Colin Cowherd on FS1, Merriman guaranteed Los Angeles will beat New England in Sunday's playoff showdown.

"They're a lock for me this week," Merriman said. "The Patriots, yeah, you have Bill Belichick, you have Tom Brady there, but they're not the same team they were in the past. They're just not. They don't bring that kind of stamp to the field anymore. I know they've been in the playoffs, they have the experience. But this Chargers team right now, they're the most resilient team in football. They've been through so much. Injuries and the move and people not really paying attention to them and they just use all of it as fuel. Going out there is going to be no different. Them winning on the road, it hasn't been a problem this year. They'll go right into Foxboro, it will be competitive, it will be a good game. In the past, the Patriots have always found ways to win. Not this time, I don't think that's the case."

The Chargers went an impressive 8-1 on the road this year, including last week's victory over the Ravens in the Wild Card game. During Merriman's career, he faced the Patriots twice in the playoffs and lost both of them, dropping a 24-21 Divisional Round game following the 2006 season, and then the AFC title game a year later.