The New England Patriots will be back home on Sunday for the first time in over a month, taking on the Los Angeles Chargers. It will be the Patriots’ first home game since Nov. 5 against the Washington Commanders, with a game in Germany, the bye week, and a road game last week in between.
Like the Patriots, the Chargers are in the midst of a relatively disappointing season. After making the playoffs last year, they were expected to trend upwards under fourth-year quarterback Justin Herbert. However they lost two games in a row to open the season, then after briefly stabilizing got hit by injuries and now have lost three in a row. They currently sit at 4-7.
As we talked about last week, ‘tanking’ shouldn’t come into play here despite both teams’ longshot playoff hopes (the Patriots can actually be officially eliminated from contention on Sunday). There will be jobs on the line this Sunday in Foxborough – some that have already changed, and some that could change soon.
Keeping that all in mind, here’s what to watch for when the game kicks off on Sunday…