Will the Patriots be the first NFL team to win seven Superbowls? The Pats have a pretty reasonable road ahead to earn the right to defend their title in Miami this winter.
Here's what ESPN has to say:
Chance to win Super Bowl LIV: 15.2%
Chance to make the playoffs: 86.4%
Caesars Super Bowl odds: +650
The Patriots are the defending Super Bowl champions and face the easiest schedule in the league, per FPI and Football Outsiders. They can win the Super Bowl by continuing to be the Patriots.
That sounds good to me!
On paper this schedule is a “Tale of Two Seasons”. Much of the first half of the season is made up of basically bye weeks, while the second half could present some challenges.
The Pats raise Super Bowl banner #6 in front of the Steelers Sunday night. Pittsburgh lost two of the best players in the league and as long as Mike Tomlin is the head coach, the Pats will win this game. How is that guy still employed? Has any coach underachieved with more talent and still kept his gig? And "Big" Ben needs to stop supersizing meals at the drive thru. He is a mobile home, who really won't be that mobile.
The Dolphins, Jets and Bills all in a row should be three wins. Then the Pats get to play the two bottom feeders of the NFC East in Washington and the G-Men. Next week it’s back to the Jets.
Cleveland presents the first legit challenge in week 8. But as I have stated many times, the Browns are a couple years away.
At Baltimore might not be much fun in week 9.
Then the real bye week falls at a good time to rest up for what will be a challenging second half of the season.
Eagles, the Boys, Texans, and Chiefs look like a month full of battles with playoff teams. There are a couple of losses in here.
Fortunately the Pats can slide into the playoffs with some easier matchups with Cincy, Buffalo and then the Dolphins playing in Foxboro for the last game.
The schedule is below. Anything less than 12-4 for New England will be a shocker, which really is the case every year.
One more note, don't plan your Sunday lunch around this team. They play very few 1pm games this season. Lots of late afternoon games and prime time games.