The presence of Bill Belichick and the mystique of the New England Patriots have a powerful influence.
Maybe it’s easy to give too much credit to a Belichick-trained Patriots squad because we’re all so used to the team being good. Maybe that’s what happened to Jason La Canfora at CBS Sports.
He recently admitted that he screwed up his pre-season prediction that the Patriots would be a dangerous playoff team.
The Patriots are 2-3 ahead of a major home test against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. If they drop to 2-4, with 2 more games against the Buffalo Bills and equally difficult matches with the Los Angeles Chargers and Cleveland Browns, the Patriots will have an impressive run to make to the playoffs.
La Canfora doesn’t sound optimistic about the Patriots’ chances of success.
Some think the Patriots would be in a better position if the team had kept Cam Newton, but here we are and things are not exactly smart.
Last but not least, the Patriots have to take care of the home field. The team is already 0-3 at Gillette Stadium. Ending the 2021 season with a home win record is imperative and the path towards .500 begins on Sunday against the Cowboys.
New England Patriots (2-3) 2021 regular season schedule