How the New England Patriots can turn their season around

New England Patriots (Photo by Kathryn Riley/Getty Images)
New England Patriots (Photo by Kathryn Riley/Getty Images) /

How the New England Patriots can continue to turn this season around? Some keys for Bill Belichick and his New England Patriots to end the season on a high.

The New England Patriots have just finished an abysmal first half of their season. How can they turn this around?

With only 3 wins and 5 losses, they have been far below successful. The defense is not nearly as show-stopping as they were last year, the offense is continuing to struggle week in and week out, and injuries have plagued the entire roster.

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But are they in too deep to turn this season around?

There is a positive outlook for Cam Newton, Bill Belichick, and the Patriots. 3 of their 5 losses have been decided by only one possession. Their win last week was also decided by a last-second field goal by Nick Folk.

This season is unlike any other. With Covid-19 being at the forefront, a new playoff structure, which allows 3 wildcard teams increases the probability for the Patriots to fight for one of those wildcard seeds.

The NFL’s theory for this playoff structure is 3 of the 4 second-place teams in each division would move into the wild card spot for the playoffs. Although the Patriots have only 3 wins, the remainder of the schedule is relatively easy. Notably, they have some easy opponents as they play the winless New York Jets and the Miami Dolphins one more time. They also face the Houston Texans, the Chargers, and some other “more difficult” matchups against the Ravens, Rams, Bills, and Cardinals.

However, a few good wins won’t win the Patriots a ticket to the playoffs.

Belichick’s Patriots made one trade ahead of the November 3rd trade deadline. They traded a 2022 7th round pick in exchange for Dolphins’ Wide Receiver Isaiah Ford.

This is considered a seldom found trade because we oftentimes don’t see an inter-division trade occur mid-season. Ford gives the Patriots’ receiving core more depth with Julian Edelman and N’Keal Harry out with a knee injury and concussion respectively.

The Patriots need to begin to realize what they can do to win games.

In the fourth quarter of Monday’s game against the Jets, the Patriots absolutely dominated the offensive possession during the quarter. The Jets only had 5 offensive plays during the quarter.

The Patriots have a very solid run offense. Against the Jets, we were able to see some timely offensive possessions dominated by running the ball and punching it up the gut behind a strong offensive line.

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Despite such a rocky start for the Patriots are beginning to turn this season around. By exploiting the trade market, increasing depth, and tiring the opponent’s defense. The best thing for New England to do week in and week out is to dominate the possession throughout the game, which will then equate to increased scoring and offensive output.