Red Zone Report: Have We Found The Patriots' Achilles Heel?

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Tom Brady reacting after an incomplete pass in the fourth quarter against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. (Getty Images)

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — In the Week 14 Red Zone Report, WBZ NewsRadio's Adam Kaufman and Boston Globe NFL reporter Ben Volin recap the loss to Houston, preview Sunday's match-up with Kansas City, and discuss all things Pats.

The Patriots have had a lot of trouble with young, mobile quarterbacks—Lamar Jackson and Deshaun Watson both had their way with the Pats' otherwise indestructible defense, and Patrick Mahomes looms. Have we found New England's Achilles heel on defense?

"If their Achilles heel is excellent quarterbacks who have tremendous athleticism and can throw the ball 70 yards downfield, then yeah, we have," Volin said. "Those are all three quarterbacks under the age of 25, as well. These are the new young guns in the NFL."

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Patriots Fall To Texans As Watson Throws 3 TDs, Catches Another

Where do things stand for the Patriots going forward this season?

"They need to go 3-1 to ensure that they get a first-round bye," Volin said. "2-2 might get it done, but they've got to go 3-1. They could even lose to the Chiefs, and still end up with the number-two or even the number-one seed. The Ravens still have some difficult games themselves. They've got to win out as well, though they look pretty strong right now, pretty tough to beat."

Kaufman and Volin also discuss what to expect from the Chiefs Sunday afternoon, who the Pats' new kicker will be, and Tom Brady's future in New England—could he be gone come March?

Listen to this week's Red Zone Report with Adam Kaufman (@adammkaufman) and Ben Volin (@BenVolin):

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