Somehow Patriots have favorable schedule
July 31, 2018 3:07 AM
by Jim Feist
Let’s take a look at a few NFL teams and some coaches.
New England Patriots
The Patriots have one of the league’s easiest schedules based off projected season win totals of their opponents. There is not a lot to say about his team, for as long as they have the core of Tom, Bill and Gronk they will be the Patriots, and their Division offers zero challenge to them. Without injuries, their pathway to another division title and the playoffs is a walk in the park. From there, we all know what they are capable of.
The Bills have the worst quarterback situation in the NFL. AJ McCarron is the current starter. Josh Allen, considered to be one of the rawest quarterback prospects in recent draft history, will be his backup. The strength of last year’s team, the offensive line, is now missing last year’s three best linemen. The Bills’ offensive line transformed from strength into arguably a bottom five offensive line. They do have one pro bowl caliber player on this offense in LeSean McCoy but he is involved in an off field legal incident.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Bucs face a very tough schedule in the NFL. They will also start the season with their QB Jameis Winston sitting out the first three games with a suspension. They also have a tough road in their first six games, including at NO, vs. PHI, vs. PIT, at CHI and at ATL. I would not be surprised if Dirk Koetter is first to go among the HC group on the hot seat. He might however get a pass since Winston will be on the shelf for the first three games.
The Titans have the talent, but do they have the coaching? Last year they did not have the talent, in my opinion, but this year the changes they made at head coach, offensive and defensive coordinator could be the secret sauce to get this team to the next level. Can QB Marcus Mariota finally live up to the potential everyone thought when he was drafted? Let’s not forget, the Titans were a playoff team last year. Things won’t be as easy this season if those two are back and in good health. If there is a secret sauce it could be the addition of offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur, who was instrumental in making the L.A. Rams the highest scoring team in the league last year.
The Texans have the goods on both sides of the ball to win their division. If they do make the postseason, they could be very dangerous even as a Wild Card team. With both Deshaun Watson and J.J. Watt returning, this will not only be an exciting team, but a potent one. Recall that when Watson was healthy, he threw 19 TD’s in just six games. Watt of course is a force on defense. The question for both and for the rest of the team is can they stay healthy? That has not been easy for this club in the recent past.