Predicting the New England Patriots record through the first four weeks of the 2020 NFL season.
The New England Patriots 2020 schedule begins with 2 very tough games in the first four. The schedule makers did the reigning AFC East champs no favors. They open with Miami at home and then are at Seattle, Las Vegas at home, and Kansas City away.
This looks like a 2-2 at best.
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The Patriots are probably even money against the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins beat the Patriots in the last game of the season in 2019 dropping Patriots into a Wild Card game and elimination at home at the hands of Tennessee.
This was no meaningless last game of the season. There was a lot to play for. A bye week was on the line.
And as things turned out, a possible home game against Kansas City in the AFC Championship if they’d won the Division game. That loss cost them their season.
Miami got better this offseason and the Patriots didn’t. Miami pilfered solid and underrated linebacker Kyle Van Noy, a complete linebacker, and valuable back-up interior lineman, Ted Karras from New England. While the Patriots can win this game since it’s at home, I think it’s a toss-up.
Their next game is away at Seattle. While Seattle’s draft was underwhelming as was New England’s, Seattle is a better team if for no other reason than they have the superlative Russell Wilson at quarterback. New England doesn’t.
The home game against Las Vegas is winnable. But Las Vegas drafted better than New England. They took Henry Ruggs the blazingly fast running back from Alabama in the first round. New England has no fast running backs.
And in the third round, they took one of my favorite players in this draft, Lynn Bowden from Kentucky a wide receiver and multi-role player. They also have Trent Brown who helped the New England Patriots win a Super Bowl in 2019. Las Vegas is not a great team, but their talent is better than New England’s. Toss-up.
New England then travels to Kansas City to face the Super Bowl champs. Patrick Mahomes vs. Jarrett Stidham? I’ll take the amazing Mahomes all day long. Kansas City’s draft was uninspiring. But, did they even need it? No. They are ready to roll and will be contending for the title again.
Here it is, my prediction for the Patriots’ first four games is … 1-3. (Best case, 2-2.) They lose to Seattle and Kansas City away and lose one of the two home games. The bottom line, the New England Patriots will be off and running toward the bottom post-Tom Brady in the 2020 season after 4 games.