The New England Patriots are coming off a year during which they won 14 of their 16 regular season games, and then followed up that performance with a stunning 25-point comeback in the Super Bowl. Amazingly, the widely-held consensus is that the Patriots are also one of the most improved teams this offseason, so they should be even better in 2017 than they were a year ago.
Of course, when you go 17-2 during the course of a season, there’s only so much room for improvement. There’s 18-1. And there’s 19-0. That’s it. At least one member of the Patriots thinks that any sort of discussion about the Pats even potentially going 19-0 is premature, though.
“When you go out and play in the National Football League, it’s one of those things where it’s even stupid to think about that,” Julian Edelman said, per the Boston Herald. “It’s never been done. You don’t really want to talk about it. My focus is more on trying to get ready for the season, trying to learn your teammates, form your identity. [The 19-0 talk is] stupid. That’s it.”
The Patriots are going to be really good, of course, but they probably have one of the more difficult out-of-division schedules this season. The AFC East is no great shakes, as we all know, but the division’s rotational schedule puts them against the NFC South (Falcons, Panthers, Saints, Buccaneers) and AFC West (Broncos, Chiefs, Chargers, Raiders) for eight of their games, and New England’s first-place finish last year means they also square off with the Texans and Steelers.
Those 10 teams won a combined 91 games…
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