In the days following their last loss, the Patriots insisted they were not a 2-4 team.
Of course, they were right.
The Butts were 2-4 better than the team, and they quickly proved it, climbing again to 0.500 and, as of Sunday afternoon, atop their league as five-game winning streaks in a row. The Patriots are also an arm’s length away from the AFC No. 1 seed, and therefore, some victories away from the playoff attempt.
According to FiveThirtyEight, the Patriots’ post-season odds have nearly quadrupled since their sixth week loss to the Cowboys and now sit at 84%. After this defeat, Butts were given a 21% chance of running this season. Now, they are essentially in control of their own destiny, with a home rendezvous on Sunday against the Titans and two upcoming matches with the Bills.
If the Patriots beat Tennessee next weekend, the odds of the matches will rise above 90%, at FiveThirtyEight. This is where their odds stopped after each of their last five wins:
Week Seven vs Airplanes: 26%
Week 8 in Chargers: 46%
Week 9 in the Panthers: 54%
Week 10 vs. Brown: 74%
Eleventh week at Falcons: 83%
The Bates and Titans kick off at 1 p.m. Sunday at Gillette Stadium.