New England Patriots: It's OK to root for the team to lose

You can root for the team to lose. It's OK.
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We're at a point with the New England Patriots where it's fair to wonder whether or not it's best for the team to lose instead of win. You could argue that virtually every single team in the NFL with a losing record does not have a franchise QB. For the most part, this holds true each year. And the Patriots are not any different. The team sits at 2-8 on the season and is currently holding the third overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft.

The team probably needs to get into the top two if they want to have a shot at Caleb Williams and Drake Maye, the best QBs in the coming class. There's surely other scenarios where the Patriots don't end up selecting Williams or Maye but do land their franchise QB in another fashion. I am personally an advocate of trading for Kyler Murray.

The Arizona Cardinals might be open to trading Murray if they themselves have a shot at landing Williams or Maye. Anyway, the Patirots are going nowhere this year. They're 2-8 and would need to run the table to even have a shot, and in that impossible scenario, they'd probably not get in due to tierbreakers.

If you're sitting at home and not sure what to think about the Patriots, I'm here to tell you that it's OK if you don't want the team to win. Why would you? Being 3-8 instead of 2-9 does nothing for the team, and many of the players currently on the roster won't be here in 2024 and beyond. There's also likely to be a new coaching staff and a separate person not named Bill Belichick as the General Manager as well.

Robert Kraft surely didn't envision his team being this bad in 2023, but he's definitely smart enough to see that winning doesn't do his franchise any favors. In fact, if the Patriots can somehow land the #1 overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft, that'd be even better. Don't feel bad if you're rooting for the New England Patriots to lose in Week 12.