Last season the New England Patriots finished the season 14-2 and went on to win the Super Bowl in dramatic fashion. After their improbable to Super Bowl win the Patriots wasted no time going into the offseason.
The Patriots were able to resign key players: Alan Branch, Duron Harmon, Dont’a Hightower, and were able to keep Malcolm Butler. The Pats didn’t stop there, they made also made trades to acquire Dwayne Allen from the Colts, Kony Ealy from the Panthers, and Brandin Cooks from the Saints. And after all those moves the Patriots also decided to dip into free agency. The Patriots went on to sign Stephon Gilmore, Rex Burkhead, Mike Gillislee, and Andrew Hawkins.
Looking like one of the big favorites again, I have decided to give my way too early season predictions. Now obviously being a Patriots fan I can see them going 16-0, however realistically the worst I can see them doing is 13-3. Here are my predictions:
Week 1: vs Kansas City Chiefs: Win I could see the Chiefs coming out hard against the Pats but on opening day the season after winning the Super Bowl, I wouldn’t expect the Patriots to lose this one (1-0)
Week 2: at New Orleans Saints: Win (2-0)
Week 3: vs Houston Texans: Win (3-0)
Week 4: vs Carolina Panthers: Win (4-0)
Week 5: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Win (5-0)
Week 6: at New York Jets: Win (6-0)
Week 7: vs Atlanta Falcons: Possible Loss After Blowing a 25-point lead in the Super Bowl, I can see the Falcons coming in and possibly stealing this game at Gillette (6-1)
Week 8: vs Sand Diego Chargers: Win (7-1)
Week 10: at Denver Broncos: Possible Loss Win the Patriots recent history of struggling when going on the road to play Denver I could possibly see the Pats possibly dropping a game in Denver (7-2)
Week 11: at Oakland Raiders (In Mexico City): Possible Loss Last season the Raiders made a big jump in the standings, holding on to the #2 seed until QB Derek Carr got Injured. With the signing of RB Marshawn Lynch and the mix of playing in an unfamiliar territory the Raiders might be able to steal one from the Patriots in Week 11 (7-3)
Week 12: vs Miami Dolphins: Win (8-3)
Week 13: at Buffalo Bills: Win (9-3)
Week 14: at Miami Dolphins: Win (10-3)
Week 15: at Pittsburgh Steelers: Win, the Steelers are usually pretty good, but late in the season I don’t see them beating Tom Brady (11-3)
Week 16: vs Buffalo Bills: Win (12-3)
Week 17: vs New York Jets: Win (13-3)
Those are my predictions for the regular season. I will be updating when the season draws closer but for now here they are and its not to think that the Patriots might wind up in the Super Bowl in back to back seasons.