The New England Patriots play in Germany this morning. Kickoff is slated for 9:30 am, EST. Could this be the end of an era in New England? Folks, is this it? Could this be the last time we see Bill Belichick on the sidelines as the head coach of the New England Patriots? I think it's a possibility.
The Patriots flew internationally and get to play the Colts in Germany. It's a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many of these players, and I'm sure Belichick has told his players to enjoy it. But in the back of his mind, I'm sure Belichick feels a bit uncertain about his future. And this isn't the typical Patriots/Colts rivalry of the past, a rivalry that the Pats were dominating for years.
The Colts are actually a pretty good team this year and have already hit their win total in 2023 that they hit in the entire 2022 NFL Season. The Colts score the 7th-most points in the NFL, putting up 25.8 points per contest. They're also the only team in the NFL this year to score at least 20 points in each game. Defensively, they are giving up nearly 27 points per game, so this could indeed be a shootout.
Anyway, the Colts are 4-5 and have, including Week 10, three very winnable games coming up. After their game against the Pats, they head into their bye week. Their first two games after the bye are against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tennessee Titans. Anyway, the Colts do have a ton at stake already, so I'm sure they are going to come out on fire.
The Patriots have played some of the most uninspiring football in franchise history. Nothing is working for this team, and injuries have also been a huge concern. Right now, it feels like the Patriots are on a ship that is slowly sinking, and the team is already seeing the water levels rise to their waist line.
Well, a loss drops the team to 2-8 on the year. The Pats also have their bye week in Week 11. The bye week would be a perfect time for Robert Kraft to part ways with Bill Belichick and perhaps install Jerod Mayo as the interim. Mayo would have two weeks to find his footing before the Pats next game.
If there was ever a time for the New England Patriots to make this franchise-altering move, it's after Week 10. Buckle up.