ESPN’s Adam Schefter checked in with Middays with MFB on Friday to talk about Patriots and NFL news heading into the final Sunday of the regular season. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.
Asked which team the Patriots would least want to face in their first playoff game, Schefter said it’s more about the Patriots than the team they’re playing.
“It’s really about them, not about the opponent. If they’re going to play the way that they have, I don’t think anybody’s going to beat them in Foxboro if they play their brand of football,” Schefter said. “But what team is most likely to take them out of that realm? I think we’ve seen the Ravens do that before. I don’t know if the Ravens are going to make the playoffs at all. Obviously they’re on the outside looking in right now. It’s going to be tough. But a lot of funky things can happen.”
Darrelle Revis‘ future in New England is uncertain, as he signed a two-year deal last offseason that is backloaded, leaving the team in a situation where it’s unlikely to keep him on that pact.
“I think the Revis story is still playing out,” Schefter said. “Darrelle Revis has been a great player for a long time. I’ve always look at him as a businessman — that he’s going to go where the best deal is. If the best deal is in New England, then fine. Does he like it there enough? If they win a Super Bowl, where he gets a Super Bowl on his resume, and he says, ‘Now I can just go for the best deal truly.’ Or is it worth it to compromise a little bit there to continue playing on in New England where you’ve got a shot to win the Super Bowl? That’s possible, too. The Darrelle Revis story obviously has yet to be written. I think he’d be open to going back to New England. But when I think of Darrelle Revis I think business first, always.”
Added Schefter: “The circumstances were such last year that it just played perfectly for both sides. And I’m sure that they both would like to be together next year in a perfect world. But again, we’ll see how Darrelle approaches that and what his thoughts are there. I’m sure he’s been very happy playing there this year, but again, it’s going to come down to money.”
Looking around the league, Schefter said that the Lions-Packers game that will decide the NFC North winner is the most intriguing game of the weekend.
“The fact that the Lions have not won in Green Bay since 1992 — 23 straight games, 22 regular season, one in the postseason, I mean, really, it’s hard to imagine that,” Schefter said, adding: “It’s the longest streak in NFL history, longest losing streak of one team to another in NFL history. You don’t see that. It’s very unusual.
“At some point the Lions are going to snap it, and I think they’re good enough to do it this weekend. But to go into Green Bay and win there now is a tall, tall order.”
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