We are clearly months before the season and even the preseason will begin. But what better time to start thing about what can be next year than now? The New England Patriots faithful fan base and pundits around the globe will be discussing New England Patriots predictions for the 2015-2016 NFL season in forums, around water coolers, and around dinner tables.
Tom Brady and crew are the defending Super Bowl champions and will be looking for yet another title to add to the team’s case. At this point, Deflategate punishments are not being considered for this piece. While Tom Brady is currently set to serve a four game suspension, we are not taking that into account until the appeal and/ or court processes have completed for both Tom Brady.
A few writers at Sports Unbiased and contributors to the website got together to take a very early look at the team’s chances for next season. Without further ado, let’s see what predictions the writers have for the New England Patriots this upcoming season.
|Writer / Contributor||Name||Patriots Record||Playoffs (Y/N)||Team MVP|
|SU Writer||Jeb Taylor||11-5||Yes||Tom Brady|
|SU Writer||Keith Rivas||10-6||Yes||Tom Brady|
|SU Writer||Adam Solowiei||11-5||Yes||Tom Brady|
|Contributor||Arnold Glass||12-4||Yes||Tom Brady|
Jeb Taylor – After having their defense picked apart by free agency, I don’t expect New England to make a return to the Super Bowl. It’s hard to count Belichick and Brady out, but this team isn’t close to the team that just brought home the hardware. If the Pats can ward off the rising teams in their division (Miami and surprisingly, New York), then they will still be able to make the playoffs and at least win the wild card round game, 11-5, and an AFC championship-game loss to the Indianapolis Colts. It seems like I’m the only one who remembers when the Chiefs beat New England down on national television early on in the season last year…
Keith Rivas – After a miraculous Super Bowl win against the Seattle Seahawks in an instant classic for the ages, the New England Patriots now must assess next season carefully and proceed with caution. Losses of Darrelle Revis, Vince Wilfork, and Brandon Browner will cost their defense immensely, but I guess the good news is that Tom Brady is still on the team. Kind of a given, but whatever.
In their respective division, the Dolphins and Bills have made the big noise this off-season. The Dolphins acquired Ndamukong Suh while LeSean McCoy flew over to Buffalo. This doesn’t make a division title impossible for New England, but with an aging Brady and a lackluster defense (to say the least), I don’t think they’re the favorites anymore for the AFC East.
There’s a 90+ percent chance they’ll be in the playoffs one way or another, though, and there’s reason to believe Brady can rally the troops for at least a ten-win season. They’ve played the role of dominant champion too much, so there’s nothing wrong with turning into a dark horse.
Adam Solowiei – What can you say? The Patriots did it again and won yet another Super Bowl. I keep waiting for the year that the Patriots fall off but the 2015-2016 season will not be that time. As long as Brady is still there, then the team will have a chance. Clearly they lost some players but that has not stopped them in the past.
Everyone talks about the additions of the Miami Dolphins, Buffalo Bills and New York Jets but the reality is that none of those teams have taken the field yet. The reality is that the Patriots are still THE TEAM in the AFC East until proven otherwise. They have won the division with less in the past. I am not willing to pull them down until major change occurs. I learned from last year when I thought the Dolphins would win the AFC East.
Arnold Glass – Congrats to the 2015 Super Bowl Champs! At the beginning of the season I didn’t expect them to make it that far, but they ran through their season to end with a 12-4 record and peaked at the right time to win it all. As always, New England used their “Dollars and Sense” method and decided not to pay Darrelle Revis the amount the New York Jets was willing to pay for his services and let him go back to the team that drafted him. The AFC East is getting better, but as long as the Patriots have the mastermind in Bill Belichick and the great Tom Brady (I can’t believe I’m saying this) behind center, their “plug and play” system will keep them in playoff contention for a few more years.
Will they make the playoffs in 2015-16? As long as New England have the Dynamic Duo in Belichick and Brady, then the Patriots have a great chance to make the playoffs. My answer is YES.