In 2015, the Patriots went on one of the hottest starts in franchise history, until they fell to the soon to be Super Bowl Champions, the Denver Broncos. Today, the Patriots are 6-0 and four wins away from matching the 2015 start, which begs the question: will the Patriots once again have the chance to go 19-0?
The Dolphins did it first in 1972. Being led by Don Shula and Earl Morrall, the Miami Dolphins went 17-0 (the season was shorter) and became the first team, and only team to go undefeated. The Patriots would go 18-0 in 2007, but were stopped short of their 19-0 goal after Eli Manning and the Giants got a little lucky and pulled off the helmet catch to win the Super Bowl.
The Patriots had the chance to do it once. Can they do it again?
Remaining Schedule (tied-2nd Strength of Schedule):
I’m going to ignore the AFC East games because if we don’t win, then it’s a fluke.
The Browns are not to be worried about. They are everything but what they were expected to be. After going 2-4 in their first 6 games, their wins are against the Jets, and somehow against the Ravens. They should not be too much of a challenge, unless Nick Chubb manages to take over the game.
I’m not worried about the Ravens. Their four wins are against four of the worst teams in the league (Steelers, Cardinals, Bengals, Dolphins). They managed to keep up with the Chiefs, but they still lost. We’ve only seen Jackson shine against bad defenses, so unless he can show up against the Seahawks, this game should go in our favor. The Baltimore defense could make an impact, but they only will if the Baltimore offense can produce.
The Cowboys, as of week 6, have lost three in a row, and one of those losses was to the Jets. I feel as though this speaks for itself. They have the potential to be good, especially if Amari Cooper shows up, but they won’t.
Now here’s a great game waiting to happen. The Texans should put up a fight, but we will beat them for one reason: Houston’s defense. That defense has been holding the Texans back and if there is one thing that you can always count on Brady for, it’s picking apart a defense. Our offense has not been up to par lately, and the Houston defense shouldn’t be too much of an obstacle.
“Just wait until Tyreek comes back” – delusional Chiefs fan
Well, Tyreek Hill had two touchdowns in his return, and the Chiefs lost. But, the reason that the Chiefs lost was not their offense. It was the defense. That’s one aspect that Houston and Kansas City has in common. They both have subpar defenses.
And we aren’t losing to the Bengals.
Thank you: Defense
At first, this section was going to be about a specific player, but the defense had to get some credit in this article. They have been the reason that the Patriots have the highest scoring differential in the league, and are on pace to have a higher differential than the 2007 Patriots. They are the number one scoring defense. They have the most takeaways in the league and have the most touchdowns by a defense in the league. McCourty and Jamie Collins are top three for most picks in the league. Jamie Collins is in the top 10 for sacks as well. Before week 6, New England’s defense had more touchdowns than Le’Veon Bell, Leonard Fournette, Zach Ertz, Travis Kelce, and Odell Beckham Jr. combined. This defense has also been in the conversation for the best defense in the history of the league (although it’s hard to say that any defense will ever be as good as the ‘85 Bears). Just take in these stats.
Before you get worried about our offense and how they aren’t putting up 50 points a game, just remember that N’Keal Harry could start practicing next week. Harry was a monster in the preseason and none of the defensive backs had a chance against him. He could catch a ball over anyone and everyone. His speed, power, and height give him an advantage over many players. He’s going to come back and shake the league up.