The New England Patriots have never been afraid of using unconventional methods to achieve their goals: from their personnel decisions to their play calling Trey Flowers Jersey , trying to use all avenues is what has helped the become the lone dynasty of the NFL’s salary cap era. It might also be what could help them add to their trophy case against the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl 53 later today.In past title games and playoff contests in general, the Patriots haven not shied away from calling trick plays to swing momentum to their side — and it would not be a surprise if the same was called upon today in a key situation. According to NESN’s Zack Cox, New England has tried numerous such plays in past Super Bowls:While not all of the plays worked — the Kevin Faulk pass was aborted, the throws in the last two Super Bowls both fell incomplete — New England’s offensive play callers whether they be named Charlie Weis or Josh McDaniels have never shied away from going to the trickery well. And this has not been an approach exclusively used in Super Bowls, just think of the Edelman-to-Amendola play in the 2014 divisional playoffs.So why might the Patriots go back to this plan today? For one, they have used trickery already this year. Going beyond rather classic misdirection plays like jet sweeps or end arounds Authentic Jordan Richards Jersey , New England also had wide receiver Julian Edelman attempt two passes this season. In week nine against the Green Bay Packers he threw a cross-field pass to running back James White on a 37-yard screen. One week later, he hit Brady for a 6-yard gain.Edelman, the former Kent State quarterback, has attempted four passes in his career with two of them coming in the playoffs. And even though he might not try another throw tonight, the possibility should be enough to keep the Rams on high alert whenever he touches the ball on a backwards pass. But all in all, you shouldn’t be surprised if New England dialed up some form of trickery against Los Angeles.Report: RB Rex Burkhead and LB Ja’Whaun Bentley being sent to IR If that cover photo doesn’t sum up what the last couple weeks have felt like around here Montee Ball Jersey Salute to Service , I don’t know what does.According to the Boston Globe’s Jim McBride, running back Rex Burkhead and rookie “maybe it’s OK to hope the future is bright on defense?” linebacker Ja’Whaun Bentley are both being placed on Injured Reserve today.And of course, ESPN’s Patriots reporter and all-around class act Mike Reiss appears to have already dug up the tape on what happened to both guys. The Burkhead injury we could’ve seen coming, as he left the game early - the Bentley one, not so much. Here’s Burkhead’s last play from Sunday:And here’s Bentley’s:We’ll keep this post updated if/when we get more information.In the meantime, PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD Deatrich Wise Jr Jersey , nobody say “What else could go wrong?”UPDATE (sort of): Our old pal Evan reminds us that both players are eligible to come off of Injured Reserve after 8 weeks:If Bentley’s injury isn’t a season-ender, bringing him back is a no-brainer, as he’s apparently one of a few guys I can count on one hand that actually seem to be able to do anything on defense.