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

Rhamondre Stevenson #38 of the New England Patriots (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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Week 9: New England Patriots @ Carolina Panthers, Nov. 7, 1:00 PM

The Panthers are set for an interesting season as they continue to try to find their quarterback of the future. They landed on Sam Darnold this offseason, and it will be interesting to see how that pans out considering the talented weapons he has around him. It doesn’t work out against the Patriots, as Darnold’s struggles against Bill Belichick continue. Patriots: 24 Panthers: 10

Week 10: vs. Cleveland Browns, Nov. 14, 1:00 PM

The Browns appear to have finally found their way out of their nearly two decade stretch of irrelevance. Led by Baker Mayfield and an under the radar defense, Cleveland is going to be a team to watch in a packed AFC North. They prove as much against the Pats, as they sack Jones five times and never let him settle in during his worst game of the season so far. Browns: 30 Patriots: 7

Week 11: @ Atlanta Falcons, Nov. 18, 8:20 PM

The Falcons offense took a blow this offseason when they were forced into trading Julio Jones to the Tennessee Titans. Still, they have a dangerous trio in Matt Ryan, Calvin Ridley, and the fourth overall pick Kyle Pitts. Unfortunately, their defense can’t slow down Jones and the Pats offense, and New England bounces back after a tough loss the week before. Patriots: 26 Falcons: 14

Week 12: vs. Tennessee Titans, Nov. 28, 1:00 PM

Speaking of the Titans, they only managed to get stronger this offseason by making a big splash for Julio Jones, and now have one of the more dangerous wide receiver duos in the league with him and A.J. Brown. Not to mention they have Derrick Henry in the backfield as well, so it’s clear Tennessee is going to score a lot all season long. That trend proves true against the Patriots, who just can’t keep up with the Titans high-powered offense. Titans: 37 Patriots: 31

Week 13: @ Buffalo Bills, Dec. 6, 8:15 PM

The Patriots have to wait until Week 13 to get their first look at the presumed AFC East frontrunners, as this gives them a chance to see how far they are behind the top team in their division. While the Bills ground game won’t torch New England like it did last season, Stefon Diggs and Josh Allen continue to incite rage in Patriots fans all around New England. They get the best of them this time around again, with the offense unable to keep up with a top tier offense for the second week in a row. Bills: 31 Patriots: 23