Predicting the New England Patriots’ next three games
The New England Patriots are 6-5, and their last few games are extremely crucial in their quest to make the playoffs in the 2022 season. Their loss on Thanksgiving was certainly a game they could have won, but they didn’t so we move on.
Dropping to 6-5 is a tough pill to swallow, especially since that drops them out of the 7th seed and brings the Jets up to that final playoff spot. The Jets have issues of their own, and I’m not sure there’s another team in the AFC who can catch up to New England or New York.
Over the Patriots’ next three games, they appear to have two winnable ones on their schedule. They will face the Buffalo Bills in week 13, Arizona Cardinals in week 14, and Las Vegas Raiders in week 15.
What will their next three games look like?
Predicting the Patriots next three games
They will face the Buffalo Bills this coming Thursday at home. It’s back to back Thursday night games for the team, but they are the usual week apart, so the preparation is not different. The Bills are banged up themselves and look to be without Von Miller for a bit.
However, Buffalo has a ton of firepower on offense and a good enough defense to keep New England in check. I truly do not see a win here in week 13 unfortunately.
They travel to Arizona to face the Cardinals the next week, and this would have been a brutal matchup last year, but the Cardinals look awful to put it lightly and may end up firing Kliff Kingsbury, their head coach, at some point.
Arizona is banged up as well and don’t appear to be a well-coached team anymore. The Patriots should be able to win this game to bring their record above .500
They will then travel to Las Vegas to face the Raiders. This is obviously a significant game as Josh McDaniels is their head coach. He’ll likely have his squad playing hard for obvious reasons, and I’d think that Bill Belichick would simply approach this as business as usual.
Again, if this was last year, this game would be a bit tougher, but the Raiders have regressed quite a bit and field a poor defense and offense that seems to rely too much on Davante Adams. The Patriots are a better team and should be able to win this game easily.
Being 8-6 with three games left would be a good spot for the team to be in. Could they upset the Bills and maybe drop a stinker of a game to the Cardinals or Raiders? Sure, but I do think New England wins two of their next three.