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Mike Lombardi on OMF explains why Bill Belichick is so successful against young quarterbacks

Ryan Hannable
October 13, 2018 - 9:53 am

The Patriots will be going up against 23-year-old Patrick Mahomes Sunday night at Gillette Stadium.

While the Chiefs are 5-0, Bill Belichick historically does extremely well against young quarterbacks, especially at Gillette Stadium. Quarterbacks 25 and under are 1-41 all-time in regular-season games played in Foxboro.

Appearing on Ordway, Merloni & Fauria on Friday, former Patriots executive Mike Lombardi explained why and what the game plan might be Sunday night.

“He makes them play left-handed,” Lombardi said. “He takes away what they do and they don’t have the experience to go and do other things. For example, I think he is going to have a detailed rush plan against Mahomes. I think Mahomes makes plays outside the pocket. I think he’s going to force him to stay in it — not that he can’t make plays in the pocket, but I think he’s going to force him. I think they are going to make sure they get [Travis] Kelce and they take away that weapon. Keep [Tyreek] Hill from making the plays downfield and that is going to be critical. Force the ball to Sammy Watkins or some other guys and try and hold up that way. 

“I think that is how you try and make Kansas City play left-handed. Will it work? I think they are still going to give up 20 points, 23 points, but I think that is a victory. I think that is the way you handle this game.”

Kickoff is set for 8:20 p.m. Sunday night.

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