Patriots 2020 Season Prediction

Story by Christopher Caraballo, Staff Writer

Well folks, here we are. The first time in 20 years we’ve gotten a Patriots season schedule without Tom Brady on the roster. There are mixed reactions to the current team, some saying new Quarterback Jarrett Stidham, a fourth-round pick a year ago, doesn’t have what it takes to replicate what the standard has been in New England for two decades, and others saying the stout defense will lead the team to 10+ wins for the 18th straight year. Now, this season isn’t easy for the Pats. They have the hardest schedule in terms of their opponents win/loss ratio from last year, and with Mahomes and Lamar Jackson commanding the AFC, it appears the Pats have the odds stacked against them heading into 2020. However, that’s just how the Pats like it, so let’s take a look at this 2020 schedule game-by-game, and I’ll tell you if I think they’ll win or not. 

 

Week 1: Miami @ New England 

New England: W

Record: 1-1

Miami has plenty to be excited about this year. A great off-season, an up and coming stud wide receiver, and a new QB in town, Tua Tagovailoa. However, Belichick has a knack for making rookie QB’s nervous, and I feel like this will be no exception. With it also being a home game, I got New England in this one.
Week 2: New England @ Seattle

New England: L

Record: 1-1

The last time New England ventured to Seattle, the Legion of Boom and the meme “You mad bro?” were born. Seattle is very hard to win in, and I don’t see the Pats winning this one. However, I will be looking forward to the showdown of Gilmore vs Metcalf. It should be a good game.
Week 3: Las Vegas @ New England

New England: W

Record: 2-1

Gruden returns to Foxboro, which may cause him some bad flashbacks. Yes, the Raiders don’t have a great history in New England, and I see that trend continuing. I have New England winning this one, but it won’t be a blowout.  
Week 4: New England @ Kansas City

New England: L

Record: 2-2

The Patriots haven’t had good luck in Kansas City under Belichick, from Brady’s 2008 ACL tear to the 2014 Monday Night Massacre, it isn’t looking good for them this year. I believe this will be a surprisingly close game, but I think the defending Super Bowl champs will win.
Week 5: Denver @ New England

New England: W

Record: 3-2

The Patriots and Broncos have faced off in several classics for the past ten years, from Tebow’s playoff blunder to Manning blowing a 24-0 lead in 2013. However, both of these teams will be starting young, new quarterbacks in Drew Lock and Jarrett Stidham, a far cry from the Manning and Brady matchups from years past. I see New England winning this thanks to solid defense and great special teams play.
Week 6: Bye Week Early bye week this year compared to last. Earlier bye weeks can be bad for a contending team, but I hope health improves from last year.
Week 7: San Francisco @ New England

New England: L 

Record: 3-3

A tough matchup headlined by Jimmy Garopolo’s return to Foxboro. I don’t see New England being able to overcome that stout Niners defense, however, I also see Jimmy G falling victim to the Patriots strong defense as well. This will be a low-scoring affair, but I think the Niners will eventually pull out the win.
Week 8: New England @ Buffalo 

New England: L

Record: 3-4

New England has had its fair share of troubles against division rivals on the road even with Brady, and I don’t see this being any different. Like the previous game, this will be a low-scoring affair, however, I don’t see Buffalo losing at home. 
Week 9: New England @ New York Jets

New England: W

Record: 4-4

The Jets are still, in my opinion, the weakest team in the division. I still don’t feel they have enough offensive weapons, even after drafting WR Denzel Mims. Belichick will find someway to out-think Adam Gase, and that’s why I have New England coming out on top.
Week 10: Baltimore @ New England

New England: L

Record: 4-5

There isn’t much I have to say here. Baltimore improved on Defense from last year, adding Pro Bowl Defensive End Calais Campbell. Last year’s MVP Lamar Jackson will make his Gillette debut, and I don’t see our defense being fast enough up front to keep up with him. 
Week 11: New England @ Houston

New England: L

Record: 4-6

Last year, Houston exposed New England in their matchup, showing they simply didn’t have enough firepower to keep up with the younger, faster teams in the AFC. Even though DeAndre Hopkins is gone, I never want to count out Deshaun Watson. Even with their bumbling head coach, I see the Texans winning this one. 
Week 12: Arizona @ New England 

New England: W

Record: 5-6

This is an interesting game. I love the Cardinals this year, I think they are a talented, young team that has potential, but it’s Kyler Murray’s first game against Belichick, and I don’t see Kyler being able to pull off the win here, especially because it’s at Gillette.
Week 13: New England @ Los Angeles Chargers

New England: W

Record: 6-6

Phillip Rivers is gone, and because of that, I have to give the edge to New England. I think the Chargers are talented on both sides of the ball, but I don’t see them winning here. New England’s defense will blanket Kennan Allen and Mike Williams. 
Week 14: New England @ Los Angeles Rams

New England: W

Record: 7-6

The Super Bowl 53 rematch, and just like that one, I have the Patriots winning. The Rams went on a little releasing spree this offseason, losing Dante Fowler, Brandin Cooks, and Kicker Greg Zuerlein. Aaron Donald is still a force to be reckoned with, but as they did in the Super Bowl, I think they will double team him for most of the game. Notice a little win streak starting here? Good. Here we go.
Week 15: New England @ Miami

New England: W

Record: 8-6

This game used to make Patriots fans scared, but I don’t see it being a problem this year. I have New England winning this one, but it will be close. I do like what Miami has done this year, but I can’t see them winning this one.
Week 16: Buffalo @ New England

New England: W

Record: 9-6

Upset alert! In a shocking move, I have New England beating Buffalo this year. If it had to be any game, I chose this because of the implications this game could have. Playoffs on the line, all chips on the table, give me Bill Belichick.
Week 17: New York Jets @ New England

New England: W

Record: 10-6

10 wins! That’s right, I have New England rebounding from a 4-6 start to finish 10-6, which will most likely qualify them for the playoffs. They will most likely squeak in as a Wild Card team, as I have Buffalo winning the division.