Falling behind in the standings
The Patriots currently trail both the Jets and Dolphins in the AFC East. That should change as New England has a chance to control its own destiny by playing both of those teams twice. The Houston Texans, however, are 3-0 in the AFC South and already possess a two-game lead over New England. The Patriots can't afford to dig too much of a hole for themselves early in the season if they want a chance at home-field advantage in the playoffs.