18-1: a great record. Except for that one loss. A sour loss for the New England Patriots. The Patriots pulled off 18 wins in a row last season, and went undefeated in the regular season. It looked like they had the Super Bowl won before it even began. Can the Patriots go 16-0 again?
Total Offense: 1st
Run Defense: 10th
Pass Defense: 6th
Total Defense: 4th
The Patriots best off season move was picking up DB Fernando Bryant and SS John Lynch. The Patriots lost CB Asante Samuel to the Eagles, but they have a history of letting big name players who ask for large sums of cash, walk.
Laurence Maroney will have to step it up this year. If Maroney can run the ball well along side Sammy Morris and Kevin Faulk, they'll give more opportunities to Randy Moss and Wes Welker, who needs to have another big year in order for the Pats to succeed, downfield.
On the defensive side, the Patriots will need strong play from their veteran linebackers and as well as rookie Jerod Mayo. Without Samuel in the mix, the Patriots will need Bryant to step up and play a big role in a secondary that needs help.
|Left Defensive End||94 Ty Warren||99 Mike Wright||90 Le Kevin Smith|
95 Kenny Smith
|Nose Tackle||75 Vince Wilfork||69 Steve Fifta||62 Titus Adams|
|Right Defensive End||93 Richard Seymour||97 Jarvis Green||92 Santonio Thomas|
|Outside Linebacker||50 Mike Vrabel||58 Pierre Woods||49 Vince Redd|
|Inside Linebacker||51 Jerod Mayo||59 Victor Hobson||91 Bo Ruud|
|Inside Linebacker||54 Tedy Bruschi||52 Eric Alexander||53 Larry Izzo|
|Outside Linebacker||96 Adalius Thomas||98 Shawn Crable||48 Gary Guyton|
|Left Cornerback||25 Fernando Bryant||29 Lewis Sanders||35 Mike Richardson|
23 Jeff Shoate
|Right Cornerback||27 Ellis Hobbs||22 Terrence Wheatley||24 Jonathan Wilhite|
|Strong Safety||37 Rodney Harrison||31 Brandon Meriweather||30 Mark Dillard|
|Free Safety||36 James Sanders||47 John Lynch||28 Antwain Spann|
|Place Kicker||3 Stephen Gostkowski||6 Chris Hanson|
|Punter||6 Chris Hanson||3 Stephen Gostkowski|
|Holder||6 Chris Hanson||16 Matt Cassel|
|Long Snapper||66 Lonie Paxton||71 Russ Hochstein|
|Kickoff Returner||17 Chad Jackson||18 Matthew Slater|
|Punt Returner||83 Wes Welker||19 C.J Jones||17 Chad Jackson|
Rookie and first-year players are listed in italics.
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The schedule for the Patriots this year is very soft compared to a tough schedule that they breezed through last year. The Pats open up at home against the Chiefs, then travel to the Meadowlands to take on Brett Favre and the Jets the following week. I don't believe that the Jets will challenge the Pats even with Favre in the mix. I think the Patriots will take the division with ease again this year. In fact, I don't see them losing a division game all year.
|Sun 9/7/2008||1:00 PM||vs||Chiefs||CBS / WBZ Channel 4|
|Sun 9/14/2008||4:15 PM||@||Jets||CBS / WBZ Channel 4|
|Sun 9/21/2008||1:00 PM||vs||Dolphins||CBS / WBZ Channel 4|
|Sun 10/5/2008||4:15 PM||@||49ers||CBS / WBZ Channel 4|
|Sun 10/12/2008||8:15 PM||@||Chargers||NBC / WHDH Channel 7|
|Mon 10/20/2008||8:30 PM||vs||Broncos||ESPN / WCVB Channel 5|
|Sun 10/26/2008||1:00 PM||vs||Rams||Fox / WFXT Ch. 25|
|Sun 11/2/2008||8:15 PM||@||Colts||NBC / WHDH Channel 7|
|Sun 11/9/2008||1:00 PM||vs||Bills||CBS / WBZ Ch. 4|
|Thu 11/13/2008||8:15 PM||vs||Jets||NFL Network / WCVB Ch. 5|
|Sun 11/23/2008||1:00 PM||@||Dolphins||CBS / WBZ Ch. 4|
|Sun 11/30/2008||4:15 PM||vs||Steelers||CBS / WBZ Ch. 4|
|Sun 12/7/2008||8:15 PM||@||Seahawks||NBC / WHDH Ch.7|
|Sun 12/14/2008||4:15 PM||@||Raiders||CBS / WBZ Ch. 4|
|Sun 12/21/2008||1:00 PM||vs||Cardinals||Fox / WFXT Ch.25|
|Sun 12/28/2008||1:00 PM||@||Bills||CBS / WBZ Ch. 4|
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The only games that the Patriots have a slight chance of losing are at the Chargers, vs. the Broncos, when they visit the Colts, vs. the Steelers, and at Seattle. I believe that the Patriots will breeze through this schedule.
In the end, the Patriots will go 16-0 again. Led by the running of Sammy Morris and Laurence Maroney, which will open up Randy Moss, Jabar Gaffney, and Wes Welker. Bill Belichick will hold his grudge and crush every opponent by 50 and he will walk off the field with out shaking the other coach's hand.
Patriots complete the goal this year going 19-0