Why the toughest schedule in the NFL will lead the New England Patriots to a losing record in 2020.
It’s usually the other way around. But not this year. See, I had a feeling the Patriots would go 7-9, maybe 8-8. Honestly, if they landed a rather easy schedule, chances are Bill Belichick could sneak them into the playoffs. Not with this schedule though.
They open up at home, against the young Miami Dolphins.
This is 100 percent a win.
If there is one thing we have learned about Bill Belichick and his defense, it’s that he knows how to game plan against rookie quarterbacks.
Bill won’t lose to Tua Tagovailoa (if he is the starter over veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick). No chance. Especially since it’s a home game. Down in Miami, that’s a different story…Miami Miracle, more like Miami Nightmares.
Continuing, the New England Patriots take a long flight cross country to Seattle to face a daunting Seahawks team. This Seattle Seahawks organization is hungry, hungry for a division title, hungry for home-field advantage in the playoffs, and hungry for a Super Bowl.
A limited New England team will not get in the way of the Hawk’s ultimate goal.
Next up, the Las Vegas Raiders, a team I expect nothing of this year.
The Patriots, in my opinion, should win this one easily, but say goodbye to winning ways, because after a thankful 2-1 start, it’s about to get ugly.
I could spend a few minutes pitching each result of the next seven games, but I am just going to go out and say it, The Patriots won’t win any of them.
Seven game losing streak. Starting with a pummeling blowout in Kansas City. If you think Jared Stidham is going to show up at Arrowhead Stadium, and steal a win away from Patrick Mahomes, you are out of your mind.
The middle of New England’s schedule is brutal. The Denver Broncos, a team on the rise, followed by the defending NFC champion San Francisco 49ers, both in Foxborough, man oh man, that is not fun. After an embarrassing blow out in Kansas City, Jarrett Stidham and the Patriots will be shaking, and the weeks to come will be torturous.
Finally, some divisional games, opponents we can beat, oh wait, no, you can’t, because the NFL scheduling committee is giving you no breaks in New England. I can’t believe I am saying this but New England, good luck getting by Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills, in Buffalo, and then immediately facing Sam Darnold and the New York Jets, in Metlife Stadium.
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But, it’s not all about the quarterback play, well Buffalo’s defense is right up there as one of the top defenses in the league. And the New York Jets have been itching to steal a game from New England for years, now is their chance.
Oh, Patriots Nation, after those two divisional opponents on the road, the NFL is going to treat you excellent with a home game, against the Baltimore Ravens. Wow. Do I have to say anything more about that game, it’s primetime, good luck, Stidham.
This schedule keeps getting worse and worse. Now, fly to Houston, a team that will struggle in the 2020 season, but Bill O’Brien always knows how to mess with Bill Belichick.
Finally, the Arizona Cardinals come to Foxborough. A chance for Jared Stidham to get his confidence back, if he hasn’t lost his job already to Johnny Manziel.
Yes, they will beat Arizona. That will be the last win. At this point, New England is 3-8, so if I’m Bill Belichick or Bob Kraft, please, lose the rest of the games, and bring home Trevor Lawrence. I don’t think the Patriots have to try and lose; they will lose regardless.
How about this daunting road trip to Los Angeles, and then Miami. Lots of partying for three weeks. Why not? The season is already over.
All I’m saying is, the middle of this schedule is terrifying. 4-7 at best before it’s arrival in sunny Los Angeles. No chance at making the playoffs with a 4-7 record. It will be 3-8. So, lose the rest of the games, finish last in the NFL, and bring home the quarterback of the future.