New England Patriots: Redoing team’s 2021 game-by-game predictions

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Week 5: New England Patriots @ Houston Texans, Oct. 10, 1:00 PM

The Houston Texans messy offseason has remained unresolved, as Deshaun Watson still is facing 20+ sexual assault allegations, and hasn’t softened his stance on not wanting to play in Houston anymore. Maybe his situation will get figured out by Week 5, but even then, the Patriots have a better team than Houston. The Texans will score, but their defense has no answer to New England’s high-powered rushing attack. Patriots: 31 Texans: 21

Week 6: vs Dallas Cowboys, Oct. 17, 4:25 PM

After their playoff aspirations were crushed last season when Dak Prescott suffered a serious injury, the Cowboys, and Prescott, will be back looking to make up for last season’s struggles. The Cowboys offense has the potential to be one of the more dangerous units in the league if everything goes their way. All eyes will be on the Pats offense vs. the Cowboys defense in this one, but Jones will throw a pick with less than a minute to go to give Dallas a hard fought win. Cowboys: 30 Patriots: 27

Week 7: vs. New York Jets, Oct. 24, 1:00 PM

The Patriots get their second meeting with the Jets out of the way relatively early on, and pick up a similar result in their second go round. Wilson and the Jets offense have a better outing their second time around against the Pats defense, but so does Jones and the Pats offense. Jones throws for three touchdowns in this one, and powers New England to their fifth win of the season. Patriots: 35 Jets: 21

Week 8: @ Los Angeles Chargers, Oct. 31, 4:05 PM

The Pats will take on a Chargers team that is looking to build off an impressive rookie season from quarterback Justin Herbert. The question has always been whether the Chargers defense can support their offense, and in this game they do. The three headed monster of Herbert, Austin Ekeler, and Keenan Allen is too much for New England’s defense, and they suffer a tough loss in this one. Chargers: 28 Patriots: 16