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Troy Brown says teams 'smell blood in the water' with vulnerable Patriots

John Tomase
December 19, 2018 - 11:30 am

Troy Brown played on all manner of Patriots teams from his arrival in 1993 to his retirement in 2007, and the all-time great slot receiver knows how opponents view this year's team: as vulnerable.

"There is some blood in the water," Brown told Boston Sports Tonight on Tuesday. "They're wounded right now. This team hasn't lost two straight in December since '02, so that's a long time for a team to be that consistent late in the year. You usually see this team not making the mistakes they've made the last couple of weeks.

"They're (usually) hitting their stride right about now and getting ready for that playoff push, and you just don't feel it, you don't see it. I'm pretty sure most of those teams out there now that are probably going to be competing in the playoffs are smelling some blood in the water. It's not gushing out right now, but it's a little paper cut."

The Patriots are reeling after losing to the Dolphins on a last-second miracle and in Pittsburgh when they were thoroughly dominated. At 3-5 on the road, they're trying to become just the second team in history (joining Aaron Rodgers' Packers) to win a Super Bowl after compiling a losing road record.

"If you're going to go to the casino and bet, then you're going to bet what you've seen so far," Brown said. "And what you've seen so far is a team that can't perform on the road. It's a different makeup. You watch these guys at home when they play, the amount of energy they bring to those games when they play at home, high-fiving,  jumping up and down, chest bumping. And then when you go on the road, you see none of that."