The New England Patriots are one of the three worst teams in football in 2023. Do they have another winnable game left on their schedule? I am asking this seriously. The Patriots are dreadfully bad; arguably the worst team in the NFL depending on who you ask. So, I ask this question; does this team truly have another winnable game on their current schedule?
It might be hard for this team to scrap together just a few more wins in 2023, which could be a good thing for their long-term hopes. The roster needs a total overhaul, especially on the offense. The team does not have a franchise QB on their roster. They don't have adequate tackles, and their playmakers are average, at best.
The Patriots are playing football as if it's 2000. The team is not set-up for the modern-day NFL, and that falls on Bill Belichick. Because of that, the Patriots are really getting boatraced. They've been outscored 72-3 over the last two games, and it's because the coaching and roster are below-average.
Here are their opponents before the bye week, in order: Raiders, Bills, Dolphins, Commanders, Colts
All of these clubs aside from the Raiders have more wins than the Patriots in 2023 and are clearly a better team. I'd say their contest with the Raiders is truly a 50/50 game, but they played in Las Vegas last year and lost on that crazy, last-second play when Chandler Jones shoved Mac Jones into the ground.
Here are their opponents after the bye week: Giants, Chargers, Steelers, Chiefs, Broncos, Bills, Jets
Again, more tough matchups. Could you argue that the Patriots are able to beat the Raiders, Giants, Broncos, and Jets? Sure, you could. That would give them five wins on the season, which would make them 5-12 and surely picking inside the top 10 of the 2024 NFL Draft.
However, the Patriots truly have looked like the worst team in football over the last two weeks, so why should we expect them to be favored? Some may argue that it would be best for the Patriots to "embrace the tank" the rest of the way since this team is not going anywhere. Others may argue that doing such is a silly idea and that the Patriots need to try to win each game.
I'm not sure what kind of conversations happen in buildings' of teams who are clearly not going anywhere in a given season. Surely they aren't saying "yeah we need to lose more to secure a higher draft pick," but man, it's hard to see how the Patriots should keep this up. The best solution for this team may be to sell off some veterans at the deadline and embrace the tank and gear towards 2024.