After a miraculous Super Bowl comeback over the Atlanta Falcons, the New England Patriots are ready to defend their Super Bowl title in 2017. Some people even think they have the chance to complete a perfect 19-0 season. With the schedule already out for the season, the Patriots are favored by at least one touchdown in all their games.
Here is a game by game prediction of the New England Patriots 2017 season.
Game 1: Kansas City Chiefs vs. New England Patriots (1-0)
This is a very intriguing opening night match-up. Kansas City has an ultimate deep threat in Jeremy Maclin that can give the New England secondary a hard time. They also have a red zone presence in tight end Travis Kelce that can help Kansas City have a balanced attack. Overall, the Patriots unlimited offensive options and strong Red Zone defense will be too much for the Chiefs to overcome.
Final Score: Patriots 28 Chiefs 17
Game 2: New England Patriots @ New Orleans Saints (2-0)
This is a game Brandin Cooks will have multiple touchdowns and at least 100 receiving yards. The Saints also gave up 28.4 points per game, which was the second worst in the NFL. Once again, the Patriots offense will be too much for the Saints defense to overcome.
Final Score: Patriots 35 Saints 21
Game 3: Houston Texans vs. New England Patriots
The Texans have a reputation now of having a strong running game along with a stronger defense. The return of J.J. Watt will make the Texans that much better. However, their Quarterback situation will be a huge question mark if Deshaun Watson assumes the starting position as a rookie. For that reason alone, the Patriots come out on top.
Final Score: Patriots 28 Texans 14 (3-0)
Game 4: Carolina Panthers vs. New England Patriots
The Panthers had an underachieving season in 2016, finishing 6-10 after appearing in Super Bowl 50 with a 15-1 record in 2015. The Panthers defense gave up 25.1 points per game in 2016 which was 26th out of 32 teams in the NFL. The Patriots front defensive line will find a way to keep Cam Newton in the pocket and make Cam beat the Patriots, which will be hard for him to do.
Final Score: Patriots 24 Panthers 10
Game 5: New England Patriots @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-0)
The Buccaneers rush defense was 21st in the NFL, allowing 117.2 yards per game. This is a game where Tom Brady will not have to do a majority of the work. With Dion Lewis, James White, Rex Burkhead, and Mike Gillislie taking majority of the touches, it will be tough for Tampa Bay to contain.
Final Score: Patriots 31 Buccaneers 14 (5-0)
Game 6: New England Patriots @ New York Jets
This game is a toss-up. Yes, the Jets had their problems last year such as having the 6th worst passing yards with 216.6 per game. However, their running backs as a whole did pretty well, averaging 112.6 rushing yards per game which was good enough for 12th in the NFL. As tough as the Jets play the Patriots in New York, it is tough to not take the Patriots, with them finding a way to win in the final two minutes of the game.
Final Score: Patriots 21 Jets 20 (6-0)
Game 7: Atlanta Falcons vs. New England Patriots
This is the rematch all Patriots and Falcons fans are waiting for. The Falcons will have this game circled on their calendars all training camp long. With a balanced offensive attack featuring players such as Devonta Freeman, Julio Jones, and Taylor Gabriel, it is hard to believe the Falcons will not beat the Patriots for four quarters this time instead of three.
Final Score: Falcons 31 Patriots 24 (6-1)
Game 8: San Diego Chargers vs. New England Patriots
The Chargers had one of the worst running attacks in 2016, ranking 26th out of 32 teams in rushing yards with 94.4 a game. Yes, they still have a very good Quarterback in Phillip Rivers. But with a feeble running attack and the Patriots projected to lose the week before, it is hard to see the Patriots losing two straight at Gillette Stadium.
Final Score: Patriots 38 Chargers 10 (7-1)
Game 9: New England Patriots @ Denver Broncos
The rivalry continues on with these two AFC juggernauts. The Patriots won last year’s battle by a score of 16-3. With a similar team coming back for Denver and the running backs combining for 54 yards on 16 carries, it’s hard to see Denver beating the Patriots even at home with a mediocre quarterback.
Final Score: Patriots 21 Broncos 13 (8-1)
Game 10: Oakland Raiders vs. New England Patriots
This is a match-up of what should have been the 2016 AFC Championship Game. This Raiders team has explosive receivers in Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree and a revitalized big, powerful running back in the presence of recently traded-for Marshawn Lynch. They also had a very good 2017 NFL Draft which will help as well. In Oakland, this game easily goes to the Raiders. However, a key turnover down the stretch will help the Patriots squeeze this one out.
Final Score: Patriots 28 Raiders 24 (9-1)
Game 11: Miami Dolphins vs. New England Patriots
The Dolphins took a huge step forward last season, finishing 10-6 to advance to the AFC Wild Card game before losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers 30-12. However, their defense allowed the 4th most yards in total with 382.6 yards per game. That alone makes Patriots fan breathe easy for this match-up.
Final Score: Patriots 27 Dolphins 17 (10-1)
Game 12: New England Patriots @ Buffalo Bills
Look for Chris Hogan to have another breakout performance against his old team. Hogan had 4 catches for 91 yards that included a 53 yard touchdown reception while beating now-Patriot, Stephon Gilmore, on his route. With Gilmore on the Patriots side now along with Malcolm Butler and Devin McCourty, expect the Patriots secondary to be plenty busy against an average Bills offense.
Final Score: Patriots 31 Bills 17 (11-1)
Game 13: New England Patriots @ Miami Dolphins
This is a place where New England has struggled to play in the past. They had the game in 2015 they needed to win to secure a #1 seed in the AFC Playoffs that year and they didn’t get the job done. While the Patriots have more talent on paper, this might be a game the Dolphins can take advantage of with ball control and keeping Tom Brady off the field.
Final Score: Dolphins 24 Patriots 21 (11-2)
Game 14: New England Patriots @ Pittsburgh Steelers
A rematch of the 2016 AFC Championship game, the Steelers can beat the Patriots fully healthy. With the three “killer B’s” in Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown leading the charge, it will be tough to keep all three contained. Yes, the Patriots did a great job of keeping the Pittsburgh offense off the scoreboard, but keep in mind the Steelers were without Le’Veon Bell for most of the game.
Final Score: Steelers 31 Patriots 21 (11-3)
Game 15: Buffalo Bills vs. New England Patriots
With the current predictions, the Patriots will be 11-3 fighting for a potential #1 seed. The Bills were in the bottom half of the league in yards per game. With the Patriots multiple offensive threats, it should not be a problem to get closer to that coveted #1 seed.
Final Score: Patriots 31 Bills 14
Game 16: New York Jets vs. New England Patriots
The Jets will be looking forward to 2018 by the time the regular season finale rolls around. Depending on seeding, the Patriots will most likely be resting their starters for the playoffs. Even so, the Patriots second string players will be more prepared and focused than the Jets first string players.
Final Score: Patriots 28 Jets 7
Final Regular Season Prediction: 13-3