The Patriots are banged up in the secondary at the wrong time.
Dennard turned up on the injury report last Saturday, and didn’t play last night against the Panthers.
The Patriots got Aqib Talib back in time to fight with Steve Smith last night, after he had missed three games with a hip injury. But he was struggling late, apparently aggravating it. Cornerback Kyle Arrington also aggravated a groin injury, and they’re still without safety Steve Gregory (broken thumb).
That’s not the situation you need when going against the league’s top offense, which is operating at record levels.