New England Patriots projected to win 13 games by Football Outsiders
By Nick Ziegler
Recently, the Football Outsiders of ESPN.com projected the wins for every team in the NFL. How many games did they have the New England Patriots winning?
With the season a few months away, moves can still be made to improve the New England Patriots and other teams in the NFL. However, the Patriots are looking good after the NFL Draft.
New England was able to address all of their needs via trades and free agency. Even though they didn’t make any impact moves in the NFL Draft, they were able to land some players that could provide depth for them in the future.
After a strong offseason so far, many are predicting the Patriots to do quite well again in 2017. As the defending Super Bowl Champions, their schedule isn’t very frightening, and their roster has arguably gotten better.
Recently, Aaron Schatz predicted that the Patriots will have a 13-3 record as it currently stands after the draft. Here’s what he had to say.
"The Patriots already had a top-five projection in all three phases of the game, but it got even stronger after they signed Mike Gillislee away from the Bills. Gillislee led running backs in our DVOA and Success Rate metrics last year, though with an asterisk: It takes 100 carries to be ranked, and Gillislee had 101. We’re also still projecting the Patriots with the easiest schedule in the league, because we’re forecasting a decline for many of their out-of-division opponents including Atlanta, Denver, and Tampa Bay."
Even though 13 wins is a great number, it might be a bit low for the Patriots. Due to their talent and schedule, they certainly have a chance of running the table this year. Also, a 14-2 record is very realistic.
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While there is still a lot of time before the season starts and things can change, the Patriots would likely be happy with the prediction of 13 wins. In the predictions, they would be tied for the most wins in the AFC with the Pittsburgh Steelers. This would set them up well for defending their championship.