New England Patriots 2016 Season Prediction

Jan 27, 2016; Canton, OH, USA; General view of Super Bowl XXXVIII championship ring to commemorate the New England Patriots victory over the Carolina Panthers on February 1, 2004 on display at the at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY NETWORK
Jan 27, 2016; Canton, OH, USA; General view of Super Bowl XXXVIII championship ring to commemorate the New England Patriots victory over the Carolina Panthers on February 1, 2004 on display at the at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY NETWORK /
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Week 4 – Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots *CBS 1:00pm EST* 

Nov 23, 2015; Foxborough, MA, USA; Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan calls a timeout against the New England Patriots during the second half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 23, 2015; Foxborough, MA, USA; Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan calls a timeout against the New England Patriots during the second half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports /

Rex Ryan.

The thorn in New England’s side. Not because he is difficult to play against. In fact, The Patriots are 9-1 vs. Rex Ryan-coached teams since 2011.

The real reason is having to hear bold statements and some unnecessary comments about New England all week leading up to this matchup. Rex Ryan’s players also don’t pass up the opportunity to talk about their long hated division rival. However, playing against Ryan always ends in an entertaining game.

Rex Ryan has been known to disguise coverages and confuse Tom Brady in the past, but wasn’t able to close the deal as the veteran almost always caught on to his tricks. With a first time staring QB, the Ryan and Bills will be licking their chops.  With a strong secondary, the Patriots’ best bet is to limit Garoppolo holding onto the throwing the ball for too long to avoid making mistakes.

That being said, this particular game will have a different ending that New England fans aren’t quite used to. One that hasn’t happened in over five seasons: Not only will Rex Ryan pick up a win for the first time since 2013, he will have his first win in Foxboro since 2010.

This will could also be Garoppolo’s last game as starting QB (granted there is no injury to Brady). Depending on how he performs, could the Patriots deal him away for first round pick after the season ends?

13. 47. 20. 16. Final

Record: 2-2

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