Tom Brady is no longer a Patriot, and the team will have to move on with another quarterback. Veteran quarterback Cam Newton is expected to take the starting position. Where does this leave second-year quarterback Jarrett Stidham? A lot of analysts have made a prediction regarding the Patriots and their win-loss record.
Kristopher Knox from Bleacher Report says that the Patriots will have great success in the upcoming season regardless of whether they move on with Stidham or Newton. In his most recent Win-Loss Predictions for the 32 teams, Knox discussed the Patriots’ dominance and their ability to win games. He is pretty confident about this and a lot of NFL fans will agree with him.
“With a run-oriented offense and a quality defense, New England should even contend for the division title,” Knox wrote. “Yes, the defense has lost key players like Dont’a Hightower and Patrick Chung, but last year’s unit ranked first in both points and yards allowed. Even with a drop-off, the Patriots defense can be a playoff-caliber group.”
Newton to contribute to the Patriots win-loss record
According to Knox, New England will go 9-7 behind the Buffalo Bills. This means the team will have a lot of struggles in 2020. The Miami Dolphins are coming to Foxboro on September 13, and that’s exactly what Knox is talking about.
“Don’t expect games to be pretty for the Pats in 2020,” he said. “They’re likely to be more of a grind-it-out team than fans are accustomed to seeing, but Belichick is going to find ways to win games.”
The Patriots live with an actual quarterback controversy for the first time in two decades. Brady gave the team strength and stability. He is out now.
Newton has great experience. Head coach Bill Belichick has yet to make a decision on his position. Stidham has played in Belichick’s system for a year. He knows how the Patriots work. For many, that’s his biggest advantage right now. He is a skilled quarterback, and Josh McDaniels likes his run game. Let’s see what happens in training camp. Belichick has to make a decision about his starter.