The preseason is over, and regular season football has finally arrived. Here are 12 Patriots-centric predictions, focusing on both individual players and the team as a whole. The Patriots have a 12.06 percent chance of winning the Super Bowl. Or was it 12.07? Preseason predictions don’t always carry a whole lot of clout, but Football Power Index puts New England as the third-most-likely to win it all, behind the Kansas City Chiefs and New Orleans Saints and percentage points ahead of the Los Angeles Rams. FPI also gives the Patriots the third-best odds to make the Super Bowl, at 23.12 percent. It has them estimated at 10.4 wins and finishing first in the AFC East, boasting the fourth best offense and 12th best defense. They won’t make the AFC Championship Game. New England has made it to the AFC Championship Game eight years in a row, but a panel of 45 ESPN NFL Nation writers and editors collectively predicted that streak will come to an end. The panelists have AFC West … [Read more...] about 12 expert predictions on the 2019 Patriots
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Dave Birkett Detroit Free Press Published 11:44 AM EDT Apr 16, 2019 The NFL is set to release its 2019 schedule at 8 p.m. Wednesday, though surely several games will leak ahead of time once team personnel get it in their hands. For now, here's what we know: Detroit Lions' 2019 opponents are set The NFL has a scheduling format it follows every year that makes knowing the opponents easy. The Lions play home and away against each of their division rivals, the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears, and face the AFC West and NFC East this season. Because they finished last in their division last year, the Lions also play the last-place team in the NFC West (the Arizona Cardinals) and NFC South (Tampa Bay Buccaneers). The Lions' entire home schedule includes games the Packers, Vikings, Bears, Bucs, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers. On the road, they face the Packers, Vikings, Bears, Cardinals, … [Read more...] about NFL schedule release: Who will Detroit Lions play Week 1?
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — In the NFL community, one word might be feared more than any other: Foxborough. It is where the rosy Super Bowl dreams of visiting teams die a frosty death each January. It is where the New England Patriots, before a raucous southeastern Massachusetts home crowd, rarely lose a playoff game (this century’s postseason record there is 19-3). It is where NFL road teams are not only defeated, but rejected under peculiar circumstances. See: Deflategate, Tom Brady and the tuck rule. How did out-of-the way, small-town Foxborough, of all places, come to be synonymous with heartache in NFL cities from coast to coast while blossoming into a shrine to comprehensive Patriots glory? The Patriots, after all, came to Foxborough in 1971 only because no one else wanted them. It helped that the stadium land, 30 miles south of Boston, was free. Foxborough (population: 17,000) remains firmly rooted in its pre-Patriots past, with dairy cows visible from the top of Gillette … [Read more...] about How did out-of-the way, small-town Foxborough become synonymous with Patriots glory?
COMMENTARY By the time the Patriots and the San Diego (I don’t care) Chargers kick off their AFC divisional contest Sunday afternoon at Gillette Stadium, both teams will understand the ramifications of a win. If the Kansas City Chiefs outlast the Indianapolis Colts in their divisional matchup on Saturday, either the Chargers or Patriots are headed to Arrowhead Stadium. Should the Colts pull off the upset of the AFC’s No. 1 seed, either the Chargers would get to host the AFC Championship game in their makeshift stadium two hours north of San Diego, or the world would have to suffer through a one-week retrospective of Deflategate with Indianapolis making its first playoff appearance in Foxborough since “PSI: New England.” It would be The McDaniels Bowl, the Patriots up against the franchise their offensive coordinator stiffed at the babbling altar of Jim Irsay. It would be Andrew Luck’s shoulder delivering a little comeuppance to the man who doubted the … [Read more...] about What experts are predicting for Sunday’s Patriots-Chargers game
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Dan Shaughnessy Globe Staff January 06, 2019 Picked-up pieces while worrying about the Ravens or Chargers at Foxborough next weekend . . . ■ Things just got tougher for the Patriots. We were all hoping the hopeless Texans would come to Gillette next weekend, wearing their letterman jackets, and happy to take their beating. Now that’s off the table. The Patriots are going to have to earn their annual path to the AFC Championship game by beating a tough team at home. The Ravens and Chargers may fold like everyone else in Foxborough, but they come to New England with less baggage and a better chance than the Texans. Baltimore has a tough running game, a mobile quarterback, a great defense, and a coach who will not turn into a puddle at the sight of Bill Belichick. The Chargers are formidable, perhaps the most complete team in the AFC, but if they come … [Read more...] about Things just got a little tougher for Patriots