Patriots’ Close Wins, Losses Week After Week Could Help Avoid Trap Game This Season (Video)

FOXBORO, Mass. — If all goes as planned, the Patriots can sweep the rest of the season, bettering their chances at getting a first-round bye in the playoffs.

That means avoiding a trap game, though. New England has had their share of letdown games over the years. They lost to the Cardinals last season and the Browns in 2010. The total record of the Patriots’ remaining opponents is 21-30. That’s a lot of chances for a trap game.

The Patriots have kept games close all season, though — wins and losses. That could actually benefit them when it comes to these final five games. New England isn’t going into the final stretch with their usual confidence.

The Patriots have the 2-9 Texans next on the schedule. That’s their first chance to avoid a letdown game. Check out the video above to hear NESN.com Patriots writer Doug Kyed and Nick Underhill of MassLive.com discuss the upcoming matchup.