Red Zone Report: Previewing The Patriots' Playoffs

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Tom Brady. (Billie Weiss/Getty Images)

BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- The Patriots are off this weekend, but WBZ NewsRadio's Adam Kaufman and Boston Globe NFL reporter Ben Volin previewed the team's playoff prospects in this week's Red Zone Report.

It was only a victory over the terrible Jets in Week 17, but a win is a win--did Volin see anything in that win to make him feel good about the Pats entering the playoffs?

"Frankly, it was good to see Tom Brady moving around and moving well, behind the line of scrimmage, shuffling in and out of the pocket, throwing on the run, keeping plays alive," Volin said. "We've given him a lot of heat this year for bailing on plays early ... it was good to see Brady physically looking much better."

If the Texans win, Patriots will face them in the Divisional Round. If the Colts win that game Saturday afternoon, the Pats will get the winner of the Ravens-Chargers meeting Sunday. Who should fans be rooting to see in Foxboro a week from Sunday?

"I think you probably want to see the Texans," Volin said. "I think all three of these teams are very good and could ultimately beat the Patriots, and the Patriots aren't good enough to look past any opponent," he said. "The Texans have been a very solid team, they have a good defense, DeShaun Watson's been great this year, but I still think the Patriots kind of have their number. The Texans have a lot of ghosts coming into Foxboro--I don't believe they've ever won there as a franchise. Philip Ryan seems to always have a crippling mistake or two every time the Texans come down." 

Kaufman and Volin also talk about the importance of getting the first-round bye, who the team's most important player aside from Brady is entering the playoffs, Chris Hogan's role on the team, how Volin thinks the Pats will fare in the postseason, his predictions for the Super Bowl, and Josh McDaniels' and Brian Flores' interviewing for head coaching vacancies. Listen to the full interview below.

WBZ NewsRadio's Adam Kaufman (@AdamMKaufman) reports

 

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