Three dream scenarios for the New England Patriots in the 2023 season
3. More efficient football on both sides leads to Wild Card berth
I truly cannot see any scenario where the New England Patriots win the division in 2023. I just cannot get there. The AFC East is too stacked for me to think of the Patriots as a first-place team. However, a more realistic dream scenario is them playing more efficient football on both side of the ball; playing complimentary football, and doing enough to win about nine or 10 games and securing a Wild Card berth.
That might not sound too stellar given how much success the Pats have had the past two decades, but I'm not sure this Pats' club is better than the 10th best team in the conference in terms of roster talent and QB play. A lot would have to go right for them to clinch a 6th or 7th seed playoff spot, in my opinion.
But, if a lot does go right, the Pats may be a team that can simply grind away games with a hard-nosed defense and elite running game coupled with an efficient QB who does not make a ton of mistakes.