The NFL Preseason is officially over, and the countdown has finally begun to the start of the regular season. Once again, the New England Patriots are expected to be one of the best teams. Last season, New England finished 12-4, which is a solid record for an inconsistent team plagued by injuries and inexperience. This year, however, both the offense and defense are expected to be incredible, so there is room to improve their regular season record.
While the Patriots could realistically go undefeated,it is highly unlikely. That being said, New England will likely complete the regular season with a 13-3 record, which is one win better than last season. In a perfect world of consistency, the Patriots could be even better than 13-3, but as fans well-know, the Tom Brady-lead team has an annoying habit of under-performing against sub par teams, resulting in random, unexpected losses. This happened last season against the New York Jets in Week 7 and again in Week 15 against the Miami Dolphins–the team they will face a week from Sunday to kick off the regular season.
At this point, the teams most likely to defeat New England would be the Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers, and the Indianapolis Colts–the three best teams they will face, but also three teams the Patriots are better than. If history tells us anything, however, their losses may very well come at the hands of none of these teams. The AFC East is not the strongest division and has been dominated by the Patriots for over a decade, but the Jets, Buffalo Bills, and Dolphins are slowly improving each year. At least one of their losses will likely come from one of these teams, and sadly for Patriots fans, that team will likely be the Jets.