The New England Patriots win on Sunday over the Buffalo Bills was significant because it keeps their season alive for the moment and opens the door for them to make a run. Although some fans may want the Patriots to tank for a top quarterback, Mac Jones and the Patriots showed why you shouldn’t give up on them yet.
Ultimately, they have a shot to go on a run, and the best-case scenario is a 9-8 finish.
There are two big reasons why the Patriots can go on a run and finish 9-8.
The first reason is that the Patriots have a soft part of the schedule coming up. After the Patriots play the Miami Dolphins this Sunday, they will have five straight winnable games that could alter the course of the season.
In the scenario of the Patriots finishing 9-8, I have them winning five in a row over the Washington Commanders, Indianapolis Colts, New York Giants, Los Angeles Chargers, and Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Patriots could enter their Week 15 matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs 7-6, which would put them in a position to finish 9-8. A 9-8 record could be good enough for a playoff spot, as the Miami Dolphins finished 9-8 last season and were the seventh seed in the playoffs.
The second reason the Patriots can make a run is that they may have solved their offensive woes. Jones looked phenomenal behind a new offensive line that featured Michael Onwenu at right tackle. The Patriots also utilized Kendrick Bourne and Demario Douglas more, which opened up the offense. If the Patriots continue to utilize their strengths offensively, they could go on a run this season.
Overall, it is great to see that the Patriots season is still alive and that we could have meaningful football in the last few months of the season.