New England Patriots: Fire the Musketts into the 2020 Season
The NFL season is on the verge of starting. This of course is with COVID-19 still running rampant. We as fans are hoping to be able to attend games in person and be safe about it. The other is the season starts and finishes. One of the teams that are going through some major change in the New England Patriots. The Patriots had their quarterback leave and head to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The new era for Patriots football starts. The quarterback position will come down to Jared Stidham and Cam Newton. Newton came over as a free agent after he left the Carolina Panthers which will also be starting a new era. They still have Bill Belichick as their head coach and he gets more out of his players than most coaches do. This season should be an interesting one for a team that has dominated for so long.
The season will begin for the Patriots on 9/13 at home against the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins are a division rival and the games are always entertaining. The Dolphins have better their team over the offseason. The following week on 9/20 they travel to the loudest stadium in the NFL. The Seattle Seahawks who they defeated in the Super Bowl will look for some revenge. In week three on 9/27 they will host the revamped Las Vegas Raiders. In week four they will be on Thursday night football as they will play in Arrowhead against the defending Super Bowl champs the Kansas City Chiefs. This game is one of the tougher ones on the schedule. The following week on 10/11 they will be back home against the Denver Broncos. This game is always interesting so we will have to wait and see.
The Patriots than get a bye week and will get the San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers are one of the top teams in the league who were in the Super Bowl in 2019 and had a chance to win it. They have a great offense with their running game. The Patriots defense will be tested and many players have decided to opt-out because of coronavirus. The next week they travel to play division rival the Buffalo Bills. The Bills are the biggest threat to the Patriots for the AFC East title. The week after that staying in the state of New York they will play the New York Jets. The Jets are still trying to find the winning way. After the Jets here is another tough game for New England as they host the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens were one of the better teams in 2019.
The Ravens game will be a tough game and then they travel to Houston to play the Texans. The Texans have posed a threat to the Patriots over the last few years. The week following the Patriots will host the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals have an upcoming quarterback in Kyler Murray and still have the great Larry Fitzgerald. New England than travels to the west coast to play the Los Angeles Chargers. The Chargers are going through a quarterback change as Philip Rivers left in free agency and has joined the Indianapolis Colts. The Patriots have another Thursday night game as they play the other team from Los Angeles in the Rams. Both the Chargers and Rams play in the same stadium which is brand new. The last three games will all be divisional.
The first is on the road in south Florida to play the Dolphins. The final two are at home against the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets. When the schedule came out it looks like it was going to be tough. Hopefully, Cam Newton can be the player he was in the past and help them offensively. The Patriots will have it rough with Donte Hightower and Brandon Chung both opted out because of COVID-19. The defense will have their hands full. I can see the Patriots going 9-7 or 10-6 this season and winning the AFC east again. With Belichick at the helm, this team should still be considered a threat. I am a fan and looking forward to the 2020 season with Newton and the company.
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