Projecting the 2022 New England Patriots season, Weeks 11-13
Week 11: New York Jets
Well, it’s nice that the Patriots get to play the Jets twice a year.
Obviously, it’s possible that Zach Wilson takes a massive leap in year two and figures it out, making these games a bit harder, but I think most should be looking towards 2023 or 2024 to see what the Jets could become.
They do have a nice roster, but I still like the Patriots to win these games rather easily.
Week 12: Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings are an interesting team. They are stuck in a weird stop with Kirk Cousins, but they gave him a new contract this offseason, hired an offensive minded head coach, and added some nice pieces along the defensive side of the ball including Za’Darius Smith, Harrison Phillips, and Jordan Hicks.
They look like a team that has a very good shot to win 10 games in a wide open NFC, and I like Kirk Cousins more than Mac Jones.
The Vikings are home for this game and also have more playmakers. I think the Vikings win this, pulling away in the second half.
Week 13: Buffalo Bills
Their first matchup with the Buffalo Bills doesn’t come until week 13. By this time, the Bills are likely to be a well-oiled machine. They added an absurd amount of talent to an already loaded roster, most notably adding Von Miller in free agency.
They also added Jae Crowder on offense, an addition that I think has gone under the radar.
They drafted James Cook, brother of Dalvin Cook, and have a solid and deep roster, top to bottom.
Oh yeah, they also have Josh Allen, who is likely to be an MVP candidate this season.
I really would not expect the Patriots to win either contest with the Buffalo Bills this season. They just don’t have enough on either side of the ball to do it.