With each season the New England Patriots are getting additional faraway from their “glory days.” They made the playoffs with quarterback Mac Jones as a rookie final season and are hoping for enchancment after getting annihilated by Buffalo.
You need to suppose that Jones will get higher however his ceiling seems to be restricted. New England is in transition offensively, with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels leaving to take over the Las Vegas Raiders. The means New England is changing him is unusual, too.
Bill Belichick deserves all of the latitude on this planet, however he could also be making an attempt a bit too exhausting to show his greatness proper now with the best way he’s filling his employees in nontraditional methods. It may work due to his general grip on the group, however I’m not enthusiastic about it. (Basically, he’s not going to have a standard offensive or defensive coordinator this season.)
I’m additionally not very enthusiastic about the best way they’ve added to the roster this offseason. This group wants extra playmakers throughout the sector but they appear to be enjoying it protected. They upgraded the receiver place however that was a low bar, and on protection past linebacker Matt Judon there’s not loads that scares you.
I feel I do know New England will beat the unhealthy groups however how they measure up towards common to good ones is difficult to see. Is the coach going to have the ability to proceed to get them excessive? I’m not assured.
New England Patriots Win Total
Over 8.5 (-115)
Under 8.5 (-105)
Best Bet: Under 8.5
The Patriots are effectively behind the Bills within the AFC East however they nonetheless could be the second-best group within the division. It all is determined by what you consider Miami.
Whether that’s the case or not, they’ve a really powerful begin to the season. They start on the rival Dolphins and three of their first 4 video games are on the highway. With journeys to Pittsburgh and Green Bay, the Patriots will not be favored in any of them and their solely house sport within the stretch is towards the Ravens, who’re powerful wherever you play them.
The distinction between a humbling 12 months and a very horrible season will hinge on their subsequent two video games, house towards the Detroit Lions after which at Cleveland (with out Deshaun Watson). Those are absolute musts and although the group is in a state of flux I just like the Patriots to win.
Next, New England has three winnable video games with house video games towards Chicago and Indianapolis sandwiched round a visit to the New York Jets. If they get all of these they only may get better from a tricky begin.
New England has a Week 10 bye however after that, the competitors actually stiffens. In the second half of the season they need to play each of their video games towards the Bills. Only their second sport towards the Jets, which is simply after the bye, can be thought of a possible win.
The remainder of their video games are towards groups that needs to be within the playoffs this season or have been final 12 months. The Pats have been in that group a season in the past however have been outclassed. To me, they’ve made solely minor enhancements to the roster and I’ve issues about the best way the group is organized. Right now I’m not simply seeing the way it comes collectively this season.
Belichick has to have a clunker each from time to time, would not he? Their margin for error is as slim because it has been in 20 years so the underneath is the play.