Falcons 2017 schedule: A Patriots Super Bowl rematch in Week 7 – New England Patriots News

Falcons 2017 schedule: A Patriots Super Bowl rematch in Week 7 – New England Patriots News

No game on the 2017 Falcons schedule will be as hotly anticipated as this one, which pits the New England Patriots against Atlanta once more. The Falcons will be looking for some measure of revenge after an excruciating Super Bowl loss, while the Patriots will be looking to continue to affirm their status as (barf) the best team in football.

Atlanta’s a better team than they were a year ago, thanks to the addition of Dontari Poe and (hopefully) improvement from a young defense, but the Patriots aggressively sought to upgrade their roster in the hopes of squeezing another Super Bowl out of what might be Tom Brady’s last year or two in the NFL. I’m hopeful Atlanta can win—hell, I expect it—but nobody’s going to tell you New England is easy.

To better understand how the Patriots sought to improve this offseason after a harrowing game against the Falcons, check out the scouting report below from Pats Pulpit.

New England Patriots

Notable free agent additions: RB Mike Gillislee, RB Rex Burkhead, DT Lawrence Guy, LB David Harris, CB Stephon Gilmore

Notable free agent departures: RB LeGarrette Blount, TE Martellus Bennett, EDGE Chris Long, EDGE Jabaal Sheard, CB Logan Ryan

Trades: WR Brandin Cooks, TE Dwayne Allen, EDGE Kony Ealy

Draft picks expected to contribute as rookies: EDGE Derek Rivers, EDGE Deatrich Wise Jr. (OT Tony Garcia hopefully won’t play)

Biggest offseason addition: WR Brandin Cooks deservedly gets all the attention because of his ability (2,359 yards and 17 touchdowns over the past two seasons), his age (still 23), and his physical traits (4.33s 40 yard dash, 3.81 short shuttle), but the…

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