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Bill Belichick doesn't want to get into Patriots home/road splits this year

Ryan Hannable
December 19, 2018 - 2:21 pm

FOXBORO -- The Patriots' home/road splits this year are staggering.

They are a perfect 6-0 at home, but are 3-5 on the road. Furthermore, the Patriots are averaging 33.5 points in home games, but just 20.4 points on the road.

Naturally, Bill Belichick was asked Wednesday why it's such an advantage playing at home?

"Yeah, I think playing well creates an advantage," he said.

While it was only an eight word answer, it was one of Belichick's best responses of the entire press conference because it gave a glimpse into his message to the team this week. By not answering the question, it shows the team it cannot just expect to beat the Bills because the game is at Gillette Stadium.

Even though Belichick didn't want to get into it, history has shown playing well on the road means something, especially when it comes to advancing deep into the postseason. Over the last five years, of the 10 teams to reach the Super Bowl, all were 5-3 or better on the road and those teams were a combined 62-18 in away games.

As the current No. 3 seed in the AFC, the Patriots will likely have to play on the road in the postseason and their trends will certainly need to change, or else it could end their season.

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