Thursday Night Football: Bill Belichick might be too great for the Patriots' own goodsports

Thursday Night Football: Bill Belichick might be too great for the Patriots' own good

Maybe the New England Patriots' coach is too special for their own good. Nobody is complaining about having Bill Belichick, who by just about any measure is the greatest coach in NFL history. Sorry, Patriots haters, but that's the truth. But in the post-Tom Brady era, the Patriots are stuck. Belichick is carrying a good-not-great roster -- which, to be fair, Belichick put together -- beyond where it should go. But they're nowhere near a Super Bowl and not to the point in which a rebuild would make much sense. The Patriots take on the Buffalo Bills on Thursday night in a game that will be streamed by Amazon Prime Video. The Bills or Miami Dolphins are the class of the division. The New York Jets are coming on strong. But the Patriots are 6-5, in the playoff hunt and because of Belichick's mastery, capable of a season-changing upset. [Watch Thursday Night Football on Prime Video: Sign up for a 30-day free trial] Maybe this middle class is where the Patriots will reside until Belichick retires. The Patriots aren't devoid of talented players.

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