Espn Nfl Playoff Predictions
The AFC East is going to be quite the battle this season, and despite the fact that New England no longer sits atop as the legit favorite, they will be in the hunt along with the Jets and Dolphins. After all, the Pats have won the division crown six of the past seven years and the one season they didn’t Tom Brady was lost in the season opener and they still tied the Dolphins atop the division. Espn Nfl Playoff Predictions
Sept. 12 Cincinnati at New England (1:00 PM)
Sept. 19 New England at N.Y. Jets (4:15 PM)
Sept. 26 Buffalo at New England (1:00 PM)
Oct. 4 New England at Miami (8:30 PM)
Oct. 17 Baltimore at New England (1:00 PM)
Oct. 24 New England at San Diego (4:15 PM)
Oct. 31 Minnesota at New England (4:15 PM)
Nov. 7 New England at Cleveland (1:00 PM)
Nov. 14 New England at Pittsburgh (8:20 PM)
Nov. 21 Indianapolis at New England (4:15 PM)
Nov. 25 New England at Detroit (12:30 PM)
Dec. 6 N.Y. Jets at New England (8:30 PM)
Dec. 12 New England at Chicago (1:00 PM)
Dec. 19 Green Bay at New England (8:20 PM)
Dec. 26 New England at Buffalo (1:00 PM)
Jan. 2 Miami at New England (1:00 PM)
That Pats’ NFL schedule ranks the sixth-hardest in the NFL for strength of schedule with an opponents’ cumulative record of 136-120 (.531). By comparison, the Pats’ division compatriots, the Jets, Dolphins and Bills, all have the 16th-toughest schedule.
Over the course of the season they will face a playoff team eight times, but six of those games will take place in Gillette Stadium. The only two playoff teams they’ll face on the road are the Jets and Chargers. New England will play five games against opponents that won 10 or more games in 2009 and will face every team from the AFC playoffs in 2009 as well as two from the NFC (Green Bay and Minnesota). Espn Nfl Playoff Predictions
Their usual rivalry match with the Colts is on the books again. Somehow it’s the eighth straight meeting between the two powers, the longest current streak between non-divisional opponents. The Colts have won five of the past six, and each of the past four including the playoffs have been Decided by four points or fewer. This will be the first time the game is in Foxboro since 2006.
Things don’t start easy for New England with divisional road games at the Jets and Dolphins – the Pats lost at both last year — coming before that early Week 5 bye. The Patriots don’t face another AFC East team until Week 13. That sure looks like a 2-2 start, even though New England gets to see the Jets without the suspended Santonio Holmes.
Then look at that six-game stretch following the bye, as there are five potential Super Bowl teams in there with the Ravens, Chargers, Vikings, Steelers and Colts. The only break comes at home against Cleveland. A 4-2 record there would be very nice and 3-3 at worst is doable.
The Pats play on Thanksgiving for the first time since 2002 and should handle the Lions, who haven’t won on Turkey Day since 2003. At least the Pats then get plenty of time off before a likely huge Monday nighter against the Jets that could well determine the division. In fact, the Pats are likely to be playing in some major winter weather in four of their final five games. It’s hard to see the Dolphins having much of a shot in Foxboro in January.
This looks like a 10-6 record to me for the second year in a row, so I would take the ‘over’ 9.5 for my NFL season win total football picks I would also still take the Pats to win the AFC East but this doesn’t look much like a Super Bowl team. Remember, this team won only one true road game in 2009 (at Buffalo, the win over the Bucs was in London). Espn Nfl Playoff Predictions
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