The New England Patriots will enter the 2020 season bolder than ever. Head coach Bill Belichick and Nick Caserio selected 10 new players in the 2020 NFL Draft. New England also added 15 unrestricted free agents this offseason. However, they didn’t select a quarterback. Does this mean that Bill Belichick is ready to move on with Jarrett Stidham? According to initial reporters, the Patriots were supposed to have a really tough schedule in 2020.
The Patriots need a good schedule
We won’t know anything about the schedule until later this day. However, there has been so much speculation about it. John Clayton from ESPn reported that all four of the Patriots’ non-conference teams will be “stacked” in September. This means that the Patriots would probably play the Arizona Cardinals (home), Los Angeles Rams (away), San Francisco 49ers (home) and Seattle Seahawks (away) in the first four weeks. There isn’t an official report on the order of these games.
This setup would allow the league to cancel early-season games without affecting the AFC and NGC playoff runs if the coronavirus pandemic delays the start of the 2020 season.
In 2020, the Patriots will play the Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Denver Broncos, Las Vegas Raiders, Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, and New York Jets at home.
When it comes to away games, the Patriots will play the Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Los Angeles Chargers, Kansas City Chiefs, Houston Texans, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, and New York Jets.
Recent updates suggest that the Patriots’ schedule may not be frontloaded with any NFC games at all. Kyle Meinke covers the Detroit Lions for MLive. He reported that initial reports of teams playing four non-conference games to start of the season weren’t really accurate.
According to another report, Belichick and Co. will visit the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, Nov. 1. Another report suggests that the Patriots will have a Monday night game at MetLife Stadium. They have a primetime game against the New York Jets on Monday, Nov. 9. Brian Costello of the New York Post confirmed the information.