Early bold predictions for the new-look New England Patriots in the 2020 season.
The 2020 NFL season will no question be an interesting one for the New England Patriots and the entire league will have their eyes on them to see how they do following the departure of a legendary player.
Now that Tom Brady is out of Foxborough after leaving the Patriots to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in free agency this offseason, many are left wondering if New England will ultimately go into rebuilding mode or will be able to plug another quarterback into that hole under center.
With Patriots head coach Bill Belichick likely on a mission to prove to everyone that he doesn’t need Brady on his team to continue to be successful, you would think New England is going to do all it can to try and return to dominance as quickly as possible and avoid a rebuilding mode in 2020 and beyond.
Leading into the season, the Patriots are coming off of once again claiming an AFC East title a year ago with a record of 12-4 overall, finishing ahead of the Buffalo Bills, New York Jets and Miami Dolphins in the division standings. The Patriots, however, were surprisingly bounced in the opening round of the playoffs while seeing their season end much earlier than they hoped.
In 2020, New England will have its work cut out for it to try and defend its division title and return to the playoffs at the end of the year. With the mix of new faces, the Patriots also hold the toughest schedule in the NFL this season.
As New England enters into a new era of the franchise and looks for its next quarterback to lead the team this season and beyond, the upcoming regular season will be very telling as to what direction the organization will be going in the next year or more.
Before the year officially approaches and the regular season kicks off, let’s take a look at three bold predictions that will take place for the Patriots throughout the course of the 2020 campaign.