Week 10: vs Indianapolis Colts in Germany
Typically, the gut reaction to seeing this game on the schedule would make you conclude an easy Patriots win, given how poorly the Colts have played over the last several seasons. However, with a great draft headlined by landing their new franchise quarterback, it may become a trickier outing for New England than initially anticipated.
The tallest task will come at the hands of the defense, as they will have to be far better at limiting mobile quarterbacks than they have shown in the past. Anthony Richardson is a freaky athlete and is bound to give any defense problems.
Still, if the Patriots can utilize their tried and true pass-rushers (Matthew Judon, Josh Uche, Ja'Whaun Bentley) along with their latest additions from the draft (Keion White and Marte Mapu), this could be another game added to the win column.
Week 11: BYE WEEK
Week 12: @ New York Giants
It's still an odd feeling to write about the Giants in a non-joking way since Brian Daboll has brought the team back from the dead since he was hired last year.
They made the playoffs for the first time in six years last season, and although they may have been eliminated in the divisional round, the strides they have made make them a bigger threat than they typically have been to the Patriots.
Even if that is all true, I believe the Patriots can win this game. They have the players to better stop the run, which will be a tremendous feat against a guy like Saquan Barkley, and the pass rush will have a field day taking down Daniel Jones. Plus, this game takes place right before the Giants' bye week; they will be exhausted, especially after playing seven road games in nine weeks.
This shouldn't be a difficult game to win if the Patriots' offense can play up to par with the defensen.