Reassessing the New England Patriots final six games of the season

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The New England Patriots are one of the hottest teams in the NFL right now, if not the hottest in the entire league. After crawling out to a 2-4 start through their first six games, they have turned things around quite quickly, and are in the midst of a five game win streak. Now their record sits at 7-4, and in a wide open AFC conference, anything seems possible for this team over the remaining six games of the season.

While the Patriots have played a game or two more than every team in the NFL right now (a product of a Thursday night game this week and them not having their bye week yet), they are in a very good spot to at least make the playoffs this season. Whether it be a wild card spot or they end up winning the AFC East remains to be seen. What we do know is that this team controls their own destiny.

After feasting on some admittedly weaker opponents such as the Atlanta Falcons and New York Jets, New England is now set to embark on their most difficult stretch of the season. It’s not a stretch to say this upcoming slate of games will not only determine the outcome of New England’s season, but it also will have a large impact on quite a few teams in the AFC as well. That was more than us Patriots fans could have asked for coming into the season.

That begs the question of just how much damage New England can do this season. Winning out seems unlikely, but with the way they have been playing recently, is it really out of the question? Let’s take a look at the Patriots remaining six games (five opponents) and analyze their chances of coming out on top in these contests.