The Patriots were able to retain almost every player from their Super Bowl winning team from last season.  They upgraded significantly at some positions also.  Stephon Gilmore at cornerback and Kony Ealy at defensive end are the big upgrades.  Throw in Brandin Cooks to their already great wide receiving corps and Mike Gillislee to their weapons at running back and it’s almost unfair what they were able to accomplish this offseason.  And the entire coaching staff is back also.  That’s unusual after winning a Lombardi Trophy nowadays.

Oh and this guy is back also.

The big fella.  Gronk.  He’s healthy.  He’s unstopple.  You can’t cover him.  The biggest playmaker in the NFL.

Is this the year the 1972 Miami Dolphins perfect season team gets relegated to the second best NFL team ever?  Let’s take it game by game.

Week 1 Home vs K.C. Chiefs

Opening night at home.  The new championship banner will be unveiled.  Coach Belichick will have the entire offseason to plan for this one.  K.C.’s last game was a disappointing home loss in the AFC Wildcard round to the Steelers.  We all know how the Pats season ended.

Prediction: Patriots Win

Week 2 @ New Orleans Saints

The Saints went 7-9 overall last season and were 4-4 at home.  I don’t think they can keep pace with this loaded Patriots offense or stop them on defense.

Prediction: Patriots Win

Week 3 Home vs Houston Texans

The Texans finished the regular season last year with a 9-7 record, 2-6 on the road.  The last time they came to Foxboro was in the divisional round of the playoffs last year and they lost by 18 points.  Tom Savage will most likely be the Texans starting QB at this point.

Prediction: Patriots Win

Week 4 Home vs Carolina Panthers

The Panthers were horrible last year finishing 6-10.  I think they will be better this year but not good enough to match up with this Patriots team.

Prediction: Patriots Win

Week 5 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Short week but it shouldn’t matter in this one.  Tampa was 4-4 at home last season.

Prediction: Patriots Win

Week 6 @ New York Jets

The Jets were horrible last year and they have gotten worse in the offseason.  The Pats swept them last season and I predict that they will sweep them again this year.

Prediction: Patriots Win

Week 7 Home vs Atlanta Falcons

The Pats beat them in the bowl without Gronk.  Add Gronk and it’s not even close.  Patriots by two touchdowns easy.  Falcons lost O.C. Kyle Shanahan also.

Prediction: Patriots Win

Week 8 Home vs Los Angeles Rams

No explanation necessary.

Prediction: Patriots Win

Week 9 BYE WEEK

Week 10 @ Denver Broncos

Normally I would say this will be a tough game but not this year.  The Broncos starting QB is Trevor Siemian.

Prediction: Patriots Win

Week 11 @ Oakland Raiders

The game is being played in Mexico City and I predict the Patriots are gonna layeth los smacketh down on the Raiders candy culo.  If you don’t speak spanish let me translate.  The Pats are gonna lay the smackdown on their candy asses.

Prediction: Patriots Win

Week 12 Home vs Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins really improved last year by finishing the regular season at 10-6 and making the playoffs.  But they also went 4-4 on the road including a loss at Foxboro vs the Patriots.  Jimmy Garappolo and Jacoby Brissett combined for the win with Brady on suspension.  The Pats swept the Dolphins last year.

Prediction: Patriots Win

Week 13 @ Buffalo Bills

The Pats won at Buffalo last year and they took their best players on both sides of the ball this offseason with the Gilmore and Gillislee signings.  Buffalo finished 7-9 last year.

Prediction: Patriots Win

Week 14 @ Miami Dolphins

I doubt Ryan Tannehill will make it through the entire season playing on a partially torn ACL that he never had surgery on.  I’m predicting back to back season sweeps.

Prediction: Patriots Win

Week 15 @ Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers finished the regular season 11-5 last year but the Patriots destroyed them in both meetings including the AFC Championship.  Mike Tomlin’s defense just can’t stop Brady and McDaniels.  Plus Brady always has great games at Pittsburgh.  Brady is 4-2 at Heinz Field.

Prediction: Patriots Win

Week 16 Home vs Buffalo Bills

Season sweep.

Prediction: Patriots Win

Week 17 Home vs New York Jets

Season sweep.

Prediction: Patriots Win

Regular season record 16-0

Playoffs: I don’t see anybody in the AFC stopping them from getting to the Super Bowl and I don’t see anybody on the NFC side that can match up with them either.  There’s just too many weapons and even the backups are all pros.  This is the most loaded, proven team that I have ever seen.  And the coaching is A++.  The perfect season.  Back to back Super Bowl Champions.

Here’s a printable regular season schedule.

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