Several Patriots readying for first playoff appearance (The Associated Press)

Being a member of the New England Patriots during the Tom Brady-Bill Belichick era has generally meant a guaranteed place in the playoffs. Long hadn’t won more than seven games in any of his eight years with the Rams from 2008 to 2015 prior to signing with New England this offseason. ”I’ve never experienced it before so this is all new to me,” Hogan said.