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Patriots Regular Season Predictions: Skies the limit

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Patriots Regular Season Predictions: Skies the limit

The New England Patriots open up training camp officially on Thursday, July 27th. With the opening of training camp comes the flood of Patriots predictions.

We have publications like USA Today predicting a 16-0 season for New England. Betting sites across the world are favoriting the Patriots as well.

You can also check or bet on NFL with William Hill, UK’s top online bookmaker who give the Patriots 4/1 odds to win the Super Bowl.

With New England, predictions tend to always get out of hand. Predicting an undefeated season is a fools errand. A team like New England, coming off a Super Bowl, will always be a favorite to repeat. But what is interesting is that the Patriots have loaded up.

This past offseason has been an odd one. The reigning Super Bowl champion did not sit still. Instead they went out and brought in an abundance of talent. Bill Belichick and company have brought in players like Stephon Gilmore, Brandin Cooks, and Dewayne Allen.

The NFL around the Patriots hasn’t exactly caught up to them either. Certain teams have improved, but there isn’t one clear contender at the moment. Teams like the Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers and the Oakland Raiders are teams that could potentially hold a candle to the Patriots.

Breaking down the Patriots schedule shows that a 16-0 season is unlikely, but a first place finish in the AFC East is in the forecast.

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Feb 5, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; New England Patriots running back James White (28) scores the winning touchdown against Atlanta Falcons free safety Ricardo Allen (37) and cornerback Robert Alford (23) and cornerback Jalen Collins (32) in overtime during Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Patriots Regular Season Schedule:

Week Date Opponent Time (ET) TV
1 Sept. 7 vs. Kansas City Chiefs 8:30 p.m. NBC
2 Sept. 17 at New Orleans Saints 1 p.m. CBS
3 Sept. 24 vs. Houston Texans 1 p.m. CBS
4 Oct. 1 vs. Carolina Panthers 1 p.m. Fox
5 Oct. 5 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 8:25 p.m. CBS/NFL Network
6 Oct. 15 at New York Jets 1 p.m. CBS
7 Oct. 22 vs. Atlanta Falcons 8:30 p.m. NBC
8 Oct. 29 vs. Los Angeles Chargers 1 p.m. CBS
9 Bye Week
10 Nov. 12 at Denver Broncos 8:30 p.m. NBC
11 Nov. 19 at Oakland Raiders 4:25 p.m. CBS
12 Nov. 26 vs. Miami Dolphins 1 p.m. CBS
13 Dec. 3 at Buffalo Bills 1 p.m. CBS
14 Dec. 11 at Miami Dolphins 8:30 p.m. ESPN
15 Dec. 17 at Pittsburgh Steelers 4:25 p.m. CBS
16 Dec. 24 vs. Buffalo Bills 1 p.m. CBS
17 Dec. 31 vs. New York Jets 1 p.m. CBS

Some of the teams on their list are ones who could go either way in terms of success. Teams like the Denver Broncos, Carolina Panthers, and the Atlanta Falcons could all be top teams in the league, or they could be a puddle of mediocrity.

Realistically I see the New England Patriots going 13-3 this upcoming season. The three losses I could see happening are in Denver in Week 10, in Pittsburgh week 15, and at Tampa Bay in week 5. The Buccaneers are a solid young team who could put up quite the fight against the Patriots.

Another game that I question is the Week 11 matchup against the Oakland Raiders in Mexico City. That game could get wild and could be a loss.

Going 13-3 or 12-4 will be could enough to lock up the weak AFC East. Of course, a 14-2 season could be in the question, but things can happen, the season is long.  What really matters with the Patriots is the playoffs.

In the playoffs getting to the AFC Championship is a given with New England. At the moment a matchup in that game could be the Steelers or the Raiders. But like I said before, anything can happen in the NFL. A team like the Panthers went from the top all the way to the bottom in a matter of months.

Predicting a Super Bowl appearance or a title isn’t something I am a fan of doing.

But for academic purposes, I am predicting a New England Patriots vs Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl. Patriots winning their sixth Lombardi trophy and Tom Brady retires after winning.

Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta.

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Patriots Talk: Patriots Shut Out Raiders In Mexico City

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What a day for the Patriots to secure a win in the most Patriot way possible. The game was effectively over before the 2nd quarter ended. The team was dominant throughout the entire duration of the game and it showed. In many ways, there were a number of factors within this game that caused the Raiders to ultimately fold early on in the game

The Altitude Difference

The Patriots had the smart idea to stay in Denver and travel to Colorado Springs to adjust their bodies to the pressures of high altitude. The Raiders took the same approach when they traveled to Mexico City to play against the Houston Texans in Week 11 of the 2016 season. Although, the method worked last year, you can’t deny that there was a lot of outside interference in that game.

This time around, it was very clearly from just the fact that CB Stephon Gilmore and WR Danny Amendola leaving the game due to dehydration showed how taxing the high altitude was on them. The Raiders were arguably worse with their team as they allowed 4 turnovers on the offense yesterdays. The sheer pressure the game put on most of the players was quite significant in this game for both team. But the Patriots ultimately minimzed the effect that it had on them.

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Patriots Football Talk: Patriots Dominance Continues In Mexico

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It was a sunny Sunday at the Estadio Azteca, Mexico’s Premier Stadium, in Mexico City.  The New England Patriots were facing off against the Oakland Raiders in what was called a Road Game.  It was a made for TV experience to draw in a more viewers and fans.  It was the NFL’s way to reach a larger market, that being fans in Mexico City.

The Game showed off the best in the NFL.  And you know what?  The best Team in the NFL showed what it means to be the best.  Of course I’m talking about the Patriots dominating yet another Team.  They continue to out preform their opponents on the field.  It’s something that this year’s Team has grown in to.  From being just a contender to being an all-out reigning champ; this Team has figured out how to be great.  Today’s game was proof of that!  I’d say they played perfect, but they didn’t get the shut out.  Hey you can’t have everything!

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NFL Talk: Week 11 Picks

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We are finally getting down to the last stretch of the season where teams will finally start to line up where they will make the playoffs and those who will simply tank for the higher pick in the 2018 NFL draft. At this point, most people have teams figured out and know how games should go from here on out. As of now, I got 11-3 correct last week, which puts me at 95-51 for the season.

Tennessee Titans @ Pittsburgh Steelers: Winner – Steelers

At this point in the season, I think the Titans will likely make the wildcard as Jacksonville will run away with the division. The Steelers are pretty much a lock for the playoffs. Their division has the Browns with the worst record in the NFL, and the Bengals and Ravens have fallen off. Even though the game was already played yesterday here was my thoughts before the game:

They are playing the Titans at home and the Steelers defense has been a hack of a surprise for this season. It’s mainly because of how much money was invested into their offense yet their defense has improved substantially from last year. The 2nd best passing defense in the NFL (allowing only 181.8 passing yards per game) and 11th against the run (allowing 102.7 rushing yards per game).

The Titans will have some serious difficulties holding the Steelers down while they are playing at home. Despite the Titans not having a bad team by any stretch (they have the 6th best rushing defense in the NFL), this is the Steelers game to lose and thankfully after what we have seen, that isn’t alot. Steelers won by 40-17 and my prediction was they would score 27-20. (Titans couldn’t even get me that)

Jacksonville Jaguars @ Cleveland Browns: Winner – Jaguars

If the Jags somehow throw this game away I will be so done with predicting their games this season. The Browns are a team that needs a massive overhaul and I don’t see it being enough for them to win this game. The Jaguars will win this game 24-21 with Blake Bortles somehow almost throwing the game away. Almost.

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