The New England Patriots are going to finish the regular season 16-0… again.
There, I said it.
Halfway to their second perfect regular season in the last nine years, the New England Patriots are hitting on all cylinders. Despite the minor hiccup of losing stud running back Dion Lewis to a torn ACL, no one seems capable of slowing the Patriots down.
Tom Brady has never been better, Julian Edelman cannot be covered, Rob Gronkowski is imposing his will on anyone in his way, LeGarrette Blount and his 5.8 40-yard dash speed somehow gain six yards every carry, and the defense continues to improve with each passing week.
Winning each of their first eight games by at least seven points, the Patriots haven’t even had a scare through the first half of the season. And to make matters better for New England, the second half schedule looks like this: road match-ups against the New York Giants, Denver Broncos, Houston Texans, New York Jets and Miami Dolphins, and home games versus the Buffalo Bills, Philadelphia Eagles and Tennessee Titans. Aside from Week 12’s contest at Denver, those remaining eight games don’t spark much fear.
Of course, there will be plenty of headlines and potential hiccups along the way. We’ve learned time and time again that no one is better at ruining the hopes and dreams of the Patriots than the Giants. Rex Ryan and the Buffalo Bills will surely come in to Gillette Stadium fired up Week 11, as nothing would bring the Bills’ head coach more happiness than to ruin Bill Belichick’s undefeated season. The Broncos and their elite defense could certainly pose problems for Brady and Co., as the No. 1 seed in the AFC will likely be on the line.
Unfortunately for non-Patriots fans, none of these will stop New England from achieving the inevitable. A tumultuous offseason and widespread criticism has created a monster too dominant for any NFL squad to slow down.
You can wait to cheer for a loss when the postseason starts, because like it or not, the Patriots will be 16-0 come playoff time.
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