NFL New England Patriots Calendar Analysis

Posted by Derrick Harper on May 11, 2020 in

Of all of the years for the Patriots to have the league’s hardest schedule, it had to be 2020. The Patriots will play five prime time games, but will play numerous 2019 playoff teams. The 2019 records of their 2020 opponents has the highest combined winning percentage. In a year that the Patriots needed to catch some breaks, this wasn’t what Bill Belichick and crew needed. Let’s take a look at the NFL’s toughest 2020 schedule and their odds to win the Super Bowl LV.

NFL New England Patriots Calendar Analysis

When the schedules come out every year, it’s almost a given that the New England Patriots will finish at least 11-5. For the first time in many years, we can’t confidently say that the Patriots will finish 11-5 or better. With Tom Brady leaving as a free agent, the landscape for the Patriots has changed dramatically. Unproven second-year quarterback Jarrett Stidham will be at the helm for the Patriots, so this will be a totally different look for the Patriots.

Week 1 vs. Miami

The Dolphins are the league’s most improved team on paper. Former Patriots assistant Brian Flores will bring his improved squad to Foxboro. Will we see Tua Tagovailoa, or will Ryan Fitzpatrick start the season under center?

Week 2 @ Seattle

Russell Wilson at home with the 12th man behind him will be quite the challenge for the New England Patriots.

Week 3 vs. Las Vegas

The Raiders will make the cross country trip to Foxboro. Gruden’s team will be improved.

Week 4 @ Kansas City

Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs will be ready for the Patriots. The defending Super Bowl champions will be looking to make a statement against the team that once dominated the AFC.

Week 5 vs. Denver

This will be the third week in a row that the Patriots will play an AFC West opponent. The Broncos will have Drew Lock, an inexperienced quarterback, under center. Will the Pats be able to take advantage of a young signal caller?

Week 6 – Bye

Week 7 vs. San Francisco

The favorite to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl will be a tough test for the Patriots. The Niners will have one of the top defenses in the NFL, and will bring a strong ground game to control the clock.

Week 8 @ Buffalo

The Bills are now the favorites to win the AFC East. Are the Patriots ready to hand over the crown to the Bills? If Josh Allen plays well, the Bills could be a very tough team to beat.

Week 9 @ New York Jets

The Jets are still the Jets. They lack a ton of offensive firepower, and still have some holes in their defense. If Sam Darnold can play well, they’ll have a chance, but they’re still the Jets. Even on a Monday night at home, will New York have enough?

Week 10 vs. Baltimore

Lamar Jackson and the Ravens will bring their multifaceted offense to Foxboro. Baltimore has one of the league’s top defenses and will want to prove to the nation that they’re ready to contend for the AFC title.

Week 11 @ Houston

Bill O’Brien and the Texans had one of the worst offseasons in recent memory. These two teams should be a good fit for each other by this time of the season.

Week 12 vs. Arizona

Kliff Kingsbury’s high powered offense will be a challenge for the Patriots. Belichick always seems to find a way to symie young quarterbacks.

Week 13 @ Los Angeles Chargers

A cross country trip to face an inexperienced rookie quarterback. The Chargers should have a solid group surrounding Justin Herbert.

Week 14 @ Los Angeles Rams

The New England Patriots will stay in LA for a few days as they play the Chargers and then turn around and play the Rams on Thursday night. It’s a short turnaround, but at least they won’t have to travel. The Rams have changed for the worse the past two seasons.

Week 15 @ Miami

The Dolphins will be much more ready for the Patriots by Week 15. If Tua Tagovailoa is under center, he will have gained some experience.

Week 16 vs. Buffalo

This could be a huge game with playoff implications on the line. A December game in Foxboro is always highly competitive.

Week 17 vs. New York Jets

The Jets will be playing for a better draft pick.