Just don’t tell Shannon Sharpe.
Sharpe explained Monday on FS1’s “Undisputed” why he wasn’t impressed at all by New England’s Week 17 victory, pointing to New York’s depleted defense and lack of motivation while playing out the string under since-fired head coach Todd Bowles.
Tom Brady threw for 250 yards with four touchdowns Sunday as New England locked up the AFC’s No. 2 seed and a first-round playoff bye. The Patriots will face the Houston Texans, Baltimore Ravens or Los Angeles Chargers in the divisional round, depending on what happens in this weekend’s wild-card round, at which point they’ll be tested more than they were in Week 17.
Maybe then Sharpe will give credit where it’s due, although it’s not completely unfair to question the Patriots’ Super Bowl chances based on the hiccups they’ve endured at points this season.
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