New England Patriots schedule 2020, TV channel, match-ups, predictions

For the first time in a while, the Patriots Football are a big mystery for the upcoming NFL season. And for the first time in two decades, New England is forced fo face a schedule without Tom Brady as its starting quarterback.

The Patriots’ 2020 schedule is a challenging one for a team in transition. Coach Bill Belichick is presented with his toughest coaching job yet with a team that has won 11 consecutive AFC East titles with relative ease.

The Patriots also have produced 18 straight seasons with double-digit wins. That more impressive streak is very much in jeopardy as the team enters the great unknown with Jarrett Stidham replacing Brady at QB and with a defense that needed some rebuilding.

How much worse will the Patriots be without Brady, and can they still win enough games to sneak back into the playoffs?

Here is a complete breakdown of the Patriots’ 2020 schedule, including dates, start times and analysis for all 16 games.

New England Patriots Schedule

Week 1 – Sept. 13: vs Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m., CBS

Week 2 – Sept. 20: vs Seattle Seahawks, 8:20 p.m., NBC

Week 3 – Sept. 27: vs Las Vegas Raiders, 1 p.m., CBS

Week 4 – Oct. 4: vs Kansas City Chiefs, 4:25 p.m., CBS

Week 5 – Oct. 11: vs Denver Broncos, 1 p.m., CBS

Week 6 – BYE –

Week 7 – Oct. 25: vs San Francisco 49ers, 4:25 p.m., CBS

Week 8 – Nov. 1: vs Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m., CBS

Week 9 – Nov. 9: vs New York Jets, 8:15 p.m., ESPN

Week 10 – Nov. 15: vs Baltimore Ravens, 8:20 p.m., NBC

Week 11 – Nov. 22: vs Houston Texans, 1 p.m., CBS

Week 12 – Nov. 29: vs Arizona Cardinals, 1 p.m., Fox

Week 13 – Dec. 6: vs Los Angeles Chargers, 4:25 p.m., CBS

Week 14 – Dec. 10: vs Los Angeles Rams, 8:20 p.m., Fox/NFL Network/Amazon

Week 15 – Dec. 20: vs Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m., CBS

Week 16 – Dec. 28: vs Buffalo Bills, 8:15 p.m., ESPN

Week 17 – Jan. 3: vs New York Jets, 1 p.m., CBS

This schedule reminds everyone what could have been with Brady. He will miss out on a home game against Jimmy Garoppolo’s 49ers and a battle with the Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes on the road. Defensively, the Patriots will need to figure out the dual threats of Lamar Jackson, Deshaun Watson, Russell Wilson and Kyler Murray after struggling with the first two last season.

Because it’s New England and Belichick, this team still has some prime-time appeal, mainly to see what Stidham can do with a variety of nice offensive pieces. For the first time in a long time, it’s weird knowing another team, the Bills, are the team to beat in the Patriots’ division, and nothing is given against the Jets or Dolphins, either.

Patriots strength of schedule & prediction

When combining the Patriots’ 2020 opponents records from 2019, it adds up to a 137-118-1 mark. That .537 winning percentage is strong enough to give the Patriots the toughest on-paper schedule in the NFL.

Based on how good those opponents can be this season, it’s a little lighter with a few fellow middle-of-pack teams in the mix, but it’s still one of the most daunting slates in the AFC.

The Patriots will not be a better all-around team in 2020. They need to accept that what once would have been easy pickings is now considerably tougher.

Record prediction: 8-8

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