NFL Network Host Questions Patriots, Niners

The Patriots and Niners are both undefeated, but just how good are they really?

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
October 29, 2019 - 9:47 am
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The New England Patriots (8-0) and San Francisco 49ers (7-0) haven’t lost this season, and both teams are winning with defense. The Patriots are allowing 7.6 points per game, while the Niners are allowing 11.0 points per game.

But just how good is New England’s seemingly historic D?

“For me, the question is how many competitive minutes have they played? The answer for the Patriots is not that many,” NFL Network host Cynthia Frelund said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “They jump out to these big leads. The hardest team that they’ve had, the biggest test that they’ve had, was against the Bills. So I don’t know how good that team is necessarily yet, nor do I really know how good the Niners are.”

The Niners looked unstoppable in their 51-13 win over the Panthers on Sunday, but they struggled against the Steelers and Redskins in Weeks 3 and 7, respectively, ultimately winning both games 24-20 and 9-0.

“The Niners' offense hasn’t been as good,” Frelund said. “There was a game against the Steelers where Jimmy Garoppolo (and the offense) had five turnovers and they still managed to win.”

The Niners will face the Arizona Cardinals (3-4-1) in the desert this Thursday, while the Patriots have a slightly stiffer test against the Ravens (5-2) in Baltimore. In fact, this will be far and away New England’s toughest test of the season.

“That’s a big deal,” Frelund said of the Pats’ weak schedule. “I’m actually interested to see the Ravens – I think this has the potential to be a really good test for the Patriots. . . . How often have they been tasked with coming up with big stops at key moments? To be perfectly honest with you, the Patriots really haven’t.”

Click below to listen to Frelund’s interview in its entirety.