The official schedule for the 2016 NFL season was released yesterday, so here are my game-by-game picks for the New England Patriots.
Week 1 at Cardinals
Result: Win, 27-20
This game has the potential to be the best game of the season for New England, as this matchup features arguably the two best teams in the league this year. Carson Palmer has a very explosive offense, as does Tom Brady on the other side. Both defenses will be tested, but I think Brady and company will be able to just outduel Palmer’s crew.
Week 2 vs. Dolphins
Result: Win, 33-17
The Pats always struggle in Miami, but when the Dolphins have to come up to Foxboro, rarely does New England lose. The Dolphins made a bunch of “flashy” moves this offseason, but overall I don’t think they improved very much. Brady will shred that defense, and Bill Belichick’s defensive crew will wreak havoc on Ryan Tannehill.
Week 3 vs. Texans
Result: Win, 34-20
I picked the Pats to lose last year in Houston, but I won’t make the same mistake again this year. Brock Osweiler is an upgrade over Brian Hoyer, but it won’t be enough to outscore Tom Brady in Gillette Stadium. J.J. Watt always disappears against the Patriots, and I don’t see Osweiler putting up 30 points against this defense in a hostile environment.
Next: Weeks 4-6