The New England Patriots entered the 2020 season without quarterback Tom Brady and fans can already notice their struggles. The team lost too many valuable players in free agency, and some of the key contributors decided to opt-out of the regular season due to coronavirus concerns. TB12 played with a struggling offense. Veteran quarterback Cam Newton noticed similar issues in Sunday’s loss to the Denver Broncos. Well, the 2015 NFL MVP had his struggles too. There are so many questions to answer regarding the 2020 Patriots roster. But NFL analysts are now focused on the Patriots vs 49ers game.
Jimmy Garoppolo and his teammates are coming to Foxboro on Sunday, and the Patriots seem to be prepared for the game. James White practiced Friday and that’s actually good news for the team. This doesn’t change the fact that the Patriots are in desperate need of a wide receiver. A talented one.
NFL analysts can’t ignore the fact that this is the first time a Patriots squad had a losing record this late into the season. The Patriots can’t risk their Week 7.
Most NFL analysts support Bill Belichick’s team in the Patriots vs 49ers game
Greg Cote from Miami Herald believes that the Patriots will finish the game with a 23-20 win. San Francisco defeated the Los Angeles Rams, but Garoppolo is playing against his former team. Michel is on the covid list, and Cote predicted a bounceback game from Newton.
Joe Giglio from NJ.com advised fans to “get ready for the Jimmy Garoppolo Bowl,” adding that the former Patriots quarterback bounced back in Week 6. Patriots coaches know Garoppolo really well, and this may give the team an advantage.
Four out of six MMQB members go with Belichick’s team, and Pete Prisco from CBS Sports predicted a win for the Patriots. He believes the Patriots won’t lose two straight games on the home field.
Six out of eight CBS Sports members predicted a win for the Patriots. Jimmy Kempski of Philly Voice made the most shocking prediction, suggesting that no one should pretend that the Patriots “are still good.”
Vinnie Iyer from Sporting News announced the Upset of the Week, giving the Niners a chance to win. “The 49ers got healthier and grinded out a win against the Rams,” he said. “Their offense is back to using unique skill players in creative play-calling, now that everyone is healthy. The Patriots’ defense and will focus to take away one thing, but it’s hard to do that because of the interchangeable, physical, quick big-play nature of George Kittle, Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk. “
Mike Florio from Pro Football Talk predicted a 24-17 win for the Patriots. The team had a full week of practice and that sure changes everything. Florio also pointed to the fact that Belichick knows the flaws and limitations of Garoppolo.