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

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Aug 29, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis (42). Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Week 5 at Cincinnati Bengals:

Back-to-back road games against 2012 playoff teams are never easy, and the Bengals see themselves at the finally getting past Baltimore and Pittsburgh in the AFC North this season. With quarterback Andy Dalton, wide receiver AJ Green, and future star running back Giovani Bernard, the offense should be solid behind their stout offensive line. Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins is the best down lineman in the NFL right now, and Ryan Wendell, Dan Connolly, and Logan Mankins need to bring their A game. Bill Belichick does not often lose two games in a row, even in these difficult circumstances. Coming off a blowout loss, expect the Patriots to bring extra motivation. This could be a classic grinder like the beginning of the decade Patriots squads seemed to tough out each week.

Prediction: Patriots 19 – Cincinnati 18 Record: 4-1.

 

Week 6 vs. New Orleans Saints:

Atlanta, Cincinnati and New Orleans makes for a tough early season test for the New England Patriots. Fortunately, the Patriots are back at Foxboro, MA as they take on Drew Brees and the high octane New Orleans Saints. The Saints, as always, should prove to be a handful on offense, although their defensive play is up in the air. On offense, New Orleans has a dynamic tight end in Jimmy Graham who could give the Patriots linebackers a headache that lasts a full 60 minutes. After a tough road win against Cincinnati, expect a bit of a letdown against the Saints.

Prediction: Patriots 31 – New Orleans 34 Record: 4-2.

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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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