Bill Belichick and his coaching staff leave no stone unturned. When the team faced a battle with the flu this week including many key defensive starters, the Patriots had to do everything they can to keep the others healthy. They decided to fly the sick players on a separate plane to Houston. This is going to be a tough matchup to begin with against the high powered Houston Texans offense. Bill Belichick had to do his best to keep the team ready to go and hopefully his outside the box thinking off the field carries over to tonight.
The Flu struck hard this week. Tight end Ryan Izzo has been the only New England Patriots player ruled out due to illness this week. Key players on the offensive line including starting tackles Marcus Cannon and Isaiah Wynn have been hit by illness.
The defense has been hit even worse, with shutdown corner Stephon Gilmore, linebackers Dont’a Hightower and Jamie Collins, and safety Patrick Chung have all missed practice due to illness this week. They are all expected to play tonight but may not be 100%.
According to Ian Rapoport, Seven Patriots players, all starters, were listed as questionable with illnesses, from flu to cold to anything in between. While things seem to be trending in the right direction & most or all should play, this was as challenging a week as one can imagine in New England.
Good thing the Patriots think of everything and bought two planes for themselves.
With an illness sweeping the locker room this week, the Patriots did something uncommon in traveling to Houston: the team flew in two planes, one to accommodate those who were sick and keep others away from them. Nine players are questionable because of the sickness.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) December 1, 2019
The Patriots are the first NFL team to buy their own planes to fly to games.
The Airkraft tails have 6 Lombardi trophies painted on it.
The plane has all 1st class seats with 5 extra inches of legroom beyond a typical 1st class seat.pic.twitter.com/JWbZR0LbsI
— Only In Boston (@OnlyInBOS) September 3, 2019