Previewing the Patriots November Games
As we’re reaching the midpoint of the NFL season, the Patriots are once again looking like favorites to reach the Super Bowl from the AFC. Keeping their momentum going through this stretch run in November will be critical to their success if they want to keep playing into the postseason this year. So here at the Kensington at Chelmsford Blog, we’re going to preview the Patriots’ November schedule and see what they record is going to look like at the end of the month.
Week 9: vs. Packers, November 4, 8:20 PM ET
Aaron Rodgers brings his high-flying, fast-moving offense into New England for the first game of the month. The Packers’ offense features elite playmakers with Rodgers, wide receiver Davante Adams, and tight end Jimmy Graham. The question that seemingly gets asked every year about Green Bay is whether they can stay healthy. A beat up offensive line has had trouble protecting Aaron Rodgers all year. Will they be able to step it up against the Pats? Tom Brady should have a field day throwing against this Packers secondary. They have good players in rookie corner Jaire Alexander and safety HaHa Clinton-Dix, but the other two secondary spots are their weakness. Look for Brady to exploit that as he leads the Patriots to a week nine victory.
Week 10: at Titans, November 11, 1:00 PM ET
Underwhelming performances have been far too common this year for the former second overall pick, Marcus Mariota. A lack of weapons on offense and lack creativity in play design has had Mariota often looking lost on the field. However, this Tennessee defense is a force to be reckoned with. Their pass rush has been consistently bringing pressure all year, and the secondary, headlined by former All-Pro corner Malcolm Butler and safeties Jonathan Cyprien and Kevin Byard, has produced at an elite level this season. The defense will be tough, but look for the Patriots usage of Sony Michel and James White to pick apart the defense. Ultimately, the Titans’ lack of offensive weapons will be their downfall in another Pats victory.
Week 11: Bye Week
Week 12: at Jets, November 25, 1:00 PM ET
This revamped Jets team has a lot of talent, but unfortunately they’re still a year or two away from being real contenders to the Patriots’ AFC East division reign. Rookie quarterback Sam Darnold has had moments where he was looked like the next star of the NFL, but also had moments where he has looked very much like the inexperienced player that he is. As he grows along with his young star wideouts, Quincy Enunwa and Robby Anderson, look for the Jets to become an offensive force in the future, but for now they’re just a young team without the experience to take down an established dynasty like the Patriots. Tom Brady will use Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman to pick apart the middle of the field against weaker Jets linebackers and safeties as the Patriots move on to their third win of the month.
Are you going to be watching these games in your Chelmsford, MA apartment? With three wins and zero losses, the Patriots look like they are well on their way to defending their AFC crown, and you won’t want to miss that. The only question yet to be answered is whether they can finish the job this year and win the Super Bowl.