Not only did the New England Patriots (12-4 SU, 8-7-1 ATS) foolishly let future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady bolt in free agency, but the perennially-powerful Pats will kick off life after Brady with the toughest schedule in all of football (.537) once the 2020 NFL regular season gets underway in September. Let’s take a look at their 2020 schedule and NFL betting odds.
NFL New England Patriots Calendar Analysis
Thanks to the eye-opening insight that you’re about to get on the Patriots’ upcoming campaign, you’re going to have a great idea of just what could lie in store for Bill Belichick’s playoff-hopeful team this coming campaign. The AFC East plays non-division games against the AFC West and NFC West this season and that means the Patriots will face the defending Super Bowl champion the Kansas City Chiefs while taking on three teams from the NFC West that recorded winning records a year ago, including NFC champion San Francisco.
2020 Schedule and Prediction
Sept. 13th vs. Miami
The Patriots will have their hands full in Week 1, but they’re playing at home against a rebuilding Dolphins team that will almost certainly be better later in the season than they are early on. – Win.
Sept. 20th at Seattle
Yeah…Jarrett Stidham is going to get an eye-opening education on how to pay quarterback from Seattle’s Russell Wilson in this one! Loss.
Sept. 27th vs. Las Vegas
The Las Vegas Raiders made some nice upgrades this offseason, but until further notice, I remain unconvinced on how much they’ve really improved. New England’s defense gets it done by shutting down Derek Carr – or Marcus Mariota! Win.
Oct. 4th at Kansas City
No matter how good their defense is in 2020, New England simply won’t be able to put enough points on the board to keep pace with the explosive Chiefs. Loss.
Oct. 11th vs. Denver
The Pats are playing at home in this Week 5 matchup and that’s the only reason I believe they’ll beat a Broncos team that looks eerily identical. Win.
Oct. 18th BYE
Oct. 25th vs. San Francisco
Even at home, I’m expecting San Francisco’s stout defense to lay an emphatic smackdown on Jarrett Stidham. Loss.
Nov. 1st at Buffalo
The Bills will have a shot to win the AFC East in 2020 and it starts by avoiding a home loss in Week 8 following last season’s sweep at the hands of the Patriots. Loss.
Nov. 9th at NY Jets
Even without Tom Brady, the Patriots defense will be to much for the Jets in Week 9. Win.
Nov. 15th vs. Baltimore
The Ravens rolled to an emphatic 37-20 home win over New England last season. I’m expecting a similar outcome, even in Foxborough this time around. Loss.
Nov. 22th at Houston
Sure, Bill O’Brien pulled the trigger on the dumbest move this offseason but the Texans still have a massive edge at quarterback and the Texans are tough at home. Loss.
Nov. 29th vs. Arizona
Arizona’s Kyler Murray gets it done on the road here in a thriller while rookie linebacker Isaiah Simmons makes his presence felt at virtually all three levels. Loss.
Dec. 6th at LA Chargers
By the time this Week 14 matchup rolls around, Justin Herbert will be under center for the Chargers – and rookie quarterbacks just don’t win against Bill Belichick. Win.
Dec. 10th at LA. Rams
Yeah…Belichick already has Jared Goff’s number – unless you forgot how New England limited the Rams to a paltry three points in Super Bowl 53. Win.
Dec. 20th at Miami
After losing to Miami at home in Week 17 a year ago, the Patriots fall to Miami again as Tua Tagovailoa outplays Stidham in this division rivalry. Loss.
Dec. 28th vs. Buffalo
The change in power in the AFC East takes on a bold new look as New England falls for the second time against Buffalo’s stingy defense. Loss.
Jan. 3rd vs. NY Jets, Win
With their playoff lives on the line, the Patriots lay an emphatic spanking on the overmatched Jets. Win.
Overall Analysis and Prediction
I’m completely and utterly stunned that Bill Belichick is placing all of his quarterback hopes on the unproven and still, untested Jarrett Stidham – with his plant to turn to mediocre veteran Brian Hoyer if Stidham struggles. Maybe it’s me, but I believe this is a recipe for disaster in New England in 2020.
The New England Patriots will almost certainly have another elite defense after finishing the 2019 campaign ranked a stellar first in points allowed last season (14.1 ppg), but I just don’t see the Patriots scoring enough points this season to keep pace with their more explosive opponents this coming campaign. I’ve got the Pats going 7-9 in 2020 as everything I’m seeing out of New England right now screams the word ‘mediocre’.
2020 Prediction: 7-9