The New England Patriots got a huge week two win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. How will they do in their next three contests? Many had buried the Patriots for their week two game, but the team had other ideas.
Anchored by a strong defensive performance and running game, New England was able go into a very tough place to play and snatch away a victory. Now, the team is set to have three perhaps even tougher matchups than what they endured against the Steelers.
These next three games are going to be huge for the Patriots. They’ll truly be put to the test, and I think if they falter here, the rest of the season won’t go as well as we want. Their next game is their home opener against the Baltimore Ravens. Their next game is away against the Green Bay Packers, and their next game after that is at home against the Detroit Lions.
So, how will the Patriots do in their next three games?
Predicting the New England Patriots next three games
The Baltimore Ravens are back and a significantly more healthy than what they had to deal with last year. Lamar Jackson has been excellent since the beginning of the season, and even with their blown lead against the Miami Dolphins, the Ravens are a high-powered team.
My concern for this game is my main concern for the season. If the Ravens are able to break through the Patriots‘ defense and put up 20+ points, I’m not sure New England can walk away with a win here. I think they fall in this game as Baltimore is simply a more dynamic and talented team.
Green Bay Packers
Their next game is in Green Bay against the Packers. Even though they are without Davante Adams, the Packers are still a force that should be taken very seriously. Their defense is underrated; the unit has studs at each level, highlighted by stud cornerback Jaire Alexander.
The Packers should be seen as a much more balanced team now. They will likely rely on their running game more than usual and will perhaps count on the defense more, instead of the arm of Aaron Rodgers.
The Packers are also absurdly good in the regular season under Matt LaFleur. I expect the Packers to win this by multiple scores.
Fortunately, I think this is a very winnable game for the New England Patriots. The Lions have been able to move the ball quite well after two weeks, and did just secure their first win of the season against the Washington Commanders.
While the Lions might be a fun and exciting team this year, I don’t expect them to be able to do much against Bill Belichick. The coaching advantage the Patriots have in this game is quite evident, even if Detroit has the more talented roster.
The quarterback matchup between Jared Goff and Mac Jones is as even as it gets, but I do like the Patriots to take this one by a touchdown.
Being 2-3 after five games is far from ideal. This would likely put them near the bottom in the AFC.