New England's Lost last Sunday to Baltimore, did more than just not compatriots from the ranks of the unbeatens.
It shook their aura of invincibility as well, and in the process revealed that while the past is still very good and are still a very realistic threat to win the Super Bowl, they have flaws, namely to New England.
Can't stop the run suddenly, and they can't run the ball, either.
On offense, Pats have given up the last three games, on average, 150 yards rushing.
And while you might forgive that, given that their last opponent was Baltimore, the real in Cleveland Browns strafe them for 159 on the ground as well.
They've only run for an average of 76 on their own part in that same span.
So the trickle down effect here is pretty obvious.
If you can't stop the run, you can't put teams in bad situations to generate turnovers.
And if your offense can't run the ball, they're not gonna be giving that defense much rest.
Tom Brady's gonna be facing more pressure, and even though he's still sharp when he has time to throw, the Ravens unsettled him and when that happened, he wasn't very good.
New England is averaging just 3.
3 yards per carry, running the football that's 30th in the league, third worst in the entire NFL.
They're giving up on average, 4.
7 yards per carry.
That's 24th in the league.
This didn't matter when they were mostly trampling through.
A really easy early season schedule on the level of competition just wasn't there.
But it is becoming more evident as a weakness that there are a little bit of cracks in the armor here, and the better competition so far in the form of Baltimore has brought it out.
New England's bye week.
So Bill Belichick is absolutely going to get to work, trying to scheme up some way to stop this and fix what ails his team against the Ravens.
But there might not really be any easy solution for New England any easy answers.
Philly Dallas, Houston in Kansas City.
Two of those four games on the road are gonna test the past, and by mid December I think we should know how vulnerable they are or aren't New.
England still might be the betting favorite to win it all.
But the way the Ravens handle them in the way New England has struggled to stop the run and run the football makes me think there's really cause for concern for your barker.
I'm Chris Miller.