NFL Update: The New England Patriots 2014 Schedule and Status Report Post 2014 NFL Draft
Do The New England Patriots have what it takes to get back to the Super Bowl?
2014 NFL Off-Season
Odds TO Win the Super Bowl: 8-1 See the Latest Odds
2013 Season Recap: The New England Patriots went 12-4 last season but they weren’t good enough to make it to the Super Bowl. New England couldn’t have been any better at home going 8-0 but they were just .500 on the road and that didn’t get them the home field in the playoffs. The Pats entered the season with the best set of tight ends in football, a few weeks in they had none.
Key Player Losses: Aqib Talib is off to Denver and Brandon Spikes is off to Buffalo but as usual, the Patriots somehow quietly acquired stars to replace them. The question mark at this point really is still: Will Rob Gronkowski pay again? The patriots and QB Tom Brady are simply much better with him.
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Key Player additions: The Patriots lost Talib but still improved their secondary, how? They picked up Darelle Revis who doesn’t get his name called much but that’s a good thing when you are a corner. Patrick Chung was a mainstay of the Pats secondary for years and he returns to New England.
The Draft: The Patriots took Dominique Easley who was a beat at Florida until injuries sidelined him. New England drafted Jimmy Garoppolo who make Ryan Mallett expendable. James White is another in a long line of Wisconsin running backs who seem to know how to get it done between the tackles.
Outlook for 2014: It’s tough to say but we have to think that Tom Brady just doesn’t have too many years left, and while it is a certainty he still has all of the ability to make the most of them. The patriots seem to quietly reload and they did it again this off season getting players like Revis without making a big fanfare about it makes it less of a pressure filled situation than when he departed New York. Look for the Pats to be right in the thick of things once again and I see them being improved over that season.
New England Patriots 2014 Schedule:
Sept. 7 at Miami Dolphins, 1
Sept. 14 at Minnesota Vikings, 1
Sept. 21 Oakland Raiders, 1
Sept. 29 at Kansas City Chiefs (Mon), 8:30
Oct. 5 Cincinnati Bengals, 8:30*
Oct. 12 at Buffalo Bills, 1
Oct. 16 New York Jets (Thu), 8:25
Oct. 26 Chicago Bears, 1
Nov. 2 Denver Broncos, 4:25
Nov. 9 BYE
Nov. 16 at Indianapolis Colts, 8:30*
Nov. 23 Detroit Lions, 1
Nov. 30 at Green Bay Packers, 4:25
Dec. 7 at San Diego Chargers, 8:30*
Dec. 14 Miami Dolphins, 1
Dec. 21 at New York Jets, 1
Dec. 28 Buffalo Bills, 1
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