Patriots' de facto offensive coordinator Matt Patricia might come into this weekend with a bit of a chip on his shoulder as he goes against the team that hired him to (and fired him) from his first head coaching job -- the Detroit Lions.
In the eyes of his replacement, Dan Campbell, Patricia has done his part to silence some of the doubters about his ability to run the Patriots offense.
"[His play-calling]'s better and better and better. They're attacking their opponents, they're putting together good game plans, they're using their roster well. He's doing a good job. He really is," Campbell said of Patricia on Wednesday.
On one hand, Campbell is well-known for getting fired up about everything, so feel free to take his comments with a grain of salt if you wish.
Though the Patriots not exactly producing at an elite level offensively league-wise -- they're 18th in yards gained (1,365) and 23rd in points scored (74) -- their last two weeks of action have seen them put up their most total yards in a game (447 against Baltimore) and their best rushing total (167) against to Green Bay.
In particular, they're increased their rushing yards in each game this season, which is a remarkable improvement for a team that simply couldn't run the football in training camp and preseason.
New England also showed signs of using motion more at the snap against the Packers -- an indicator that it's offensive staff is self-scouting and learning from its deficiencies with each week that passes.
Though individual play calls, sequences or decisions, like not going for it on 4th-and-5 in overtime and giving the ball back to Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, can be rightfully questioned, Patricia's offense has been far from the disaster it was billed as before the season began.
This week, he and the Patriots' offense will try to keep building against his former team, which has the worst rushing defense in football.