New England Patriots: Season and Game-by-Game Predictions

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Aug 22, 2013; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) . Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Prognostication and prediction are fickle tools. Be it with software, analysis, guesswork, or picking from a hat, attempting to predict an NFL team’s season win totals is near impossible and merely a form of entertainment. A tipped pass, a twisted ankle, a misstep, a wrong angle taken, a wrong gap chosen, a wrong route run, and games, seasons, and careers can be lost. Remember 2008 to see how one seemingly innocuous drop back to pass can change an entire season.

 

In addition, these apply to all thirty-two teams around the league.  Every season a media darling tanks and an overlooked team shines. Fan bases rise up and cheer in one city and sit down and pout in another. In addition, with all this unpredictability there is also the inequality of the unbalanced schedule. Though the NFL attempts to manage the strength of schedule by teams playing their ranked counterparts, there are also rotating divisional matchups each year.  For example, who among the media and fan base had the 2012 New England Patriots losing three games to the NFC West prior to the season starting, particularly Arizona? Despite these difficulties with prognostication and prediction, here follows a game-by-game prediction for the 2013 New England Patriots:

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  • http://sbpra.com/paulvsuffriti Paul V. Suffriti

    I think the Pats will lose to Atlanta in a closer game maybe by 6 or 7 points. They travel to Cincinnati and play against a defense that may be stronger than Atlanta’s and lose in a close game, by three. Pats come home and beat the Saints in a shootout, Pats come out on top because of a better defense. I do not think the Pats run the table in the AFC east. They lose to the Dolphins at Miami. The rest looks about right. I have them winning the AFC east with an 11-5 record.

  • Cyrus Geller

    I like your picks Hal. In my game predictions I had the Pats going 11-5 with losses to Cincy, Atlanta, Miami, Denver, and Baltimore. But you make a very good case for 12-4. Like Paul, I don’t think the Pats will go 6-0 in the AFC East, but never the less, I think we all agree a solid season is in the Patriots future.

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