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New England Patriots links 5/08/20 - Despite prognostications of doom, Pats will continue 2020 prep

Daily news and links for Friday

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  • Mike Reiss gives us his game-by-game predictions for the Pats, who have the toughest schedule in the league. Includes two losses to the Bills. /‘Eesh.
  • Doug Kyed notes the Patriots face the toughest schedule in the NFL this upcoming season. Here are his predictions for each game leading to a 9-7 finish.
  • Zack Cox offers his analysis for each game on the schedule. Week 1: Ryan Fitzpatrick likely will begin the season as the Dolphins’ starter — but this game should feature the first start of Jarrett Stidham’s NFL career, assuming he beats out Brian Hoyer in training camp.
  • Evan Lazar offers some game-by-game instant reaction to the Pats schedule.
  • Michael Hurley ranks the five best games on the Patriots schedule. 1. Week 4 at Kansas City.
  • Tom E. Curran brings up five things about the schedule you might have missed. 1. Bucs and Patriots don’t have overlapping games until late December. So you can get all the Brady and Gronk you want and not feel like you’re stepping out on your local.
  • Aiden Curran shares 10 thoughts on the Patriots’ 2020 schedule from a brutal early stretch to a tough December. 1. A three-game road trip Weeks 13-15 could make or break New England’s season.
  • Mike D’Abate (FullPressCoverage) New Beginnings: Patriots release 2020 regular-season schedule. The Patriots face a significantly difficult road ahead in the upcoming season.
  • Darren Hartwell points out two key stretches that could define Jarrett Stidham and the Patriots.
  • Ryan Hannable’s viewer’s guide to watching Patriots, Buccaneers in 2020.
  • Nick Goss offers a complete viewers guide to the Pats regular season games.
  • Andy Hart’s Fast Friday 5: Reactions and predictions for Patriots 2020 schedule
  • Doug Kyed reports the Patriots have now signed five draft picks, with only four left to sign.
  • Evan Lazar goes inside N’Keal Harry’s offseason, training with the Footwork King and Justin Allen .
  • Doug Kyed gives us his Dalton Keene takeaways and why this rookie has complete tight end potential.
  • Zack Cox notes Bill Belichick will face the most significant transition of his Patriots tenure this season, but he doesn’t sound worried.
  • Nicole Yang relays what Bill Belichick had to say about his QB situation: ‘We feel like we have four good players.’
  • Doug Kyed’s Friday Patriots Mailbag: Are Pats making correct choice with Jarrett Stidham?
  • Mike Reiss explains why the Patriots are showing confidence in Jarrett Stidham. (1 min. video)


  • NFL Nation (ESPN) 2020 NFL schedule: Record predictions, analysis for all 32 teams. Patriots: 9-7.
  • Experts (ESPN) 2020 NFL schedule winners, best matchups: Experts make their picks. Dan Graziano explains his pick of the Pats as the ‘biggest winner’ of the schedule; More.
  • Gregg Rosenthal ( Toughest 2020 NFL schedules: Brady-less Patriots will be tested.
  • Judy Battista ( 2020 NFL schedule: Five key takeaways (plus games to watch). Prime time: Apparently, the schedulers think seeing how Bill Belichick lives without Brady will be just as compelling as Brady himself.
  • Jordan Dajani (CBS Sports) 2020 Week 1 picks, odds, spread for every game: Patriots over Dolphins (+6).
  • Adam Schein ( Ranking top nine prime-time games. No Pats.
  • Ben Pickman (SI) Sunday Night Football schedule 2020. Patriots: Week 2 at Seahawks, Week 10 vs. Ravens.
  • Nick Selbe (SI) Monday Night Football schedule 2020. Patriots: Week 9 at Jets, Week 16 vs. Bills.
  • Nick Selbe (SI) Thursday Night Football schedule 2020. Patriots: Week 14 at Rams.
  • Chris Wesseling ( Top individual matchups of ‘20. Weeks 8, 16: Stefon Diggs vs. Stephon Gilmore.
  • Dan Hanzus ( Ten spicy revenge games on tap. Week 1 Dolphins at Patriots. Because it cost the Pats the playoff bye. /Eh, I was more upset at the Pats, not the Fins.
  • Bryan Ardo (CBS Sports) Breaking down the 10 best rivalry games. 9th: Week 14 Pats at Rams; 7th: Pats at Seahawks; 6th: Pats vs. Raiders; 4th: Pats vs. Ravens.
  • Jared Dubin (CBS Sports) Best game each week, from Tom Brady’s Bucs debut in Week 1 to a meaty Week 17.
  • Conor Orr (SI) The 15 best games to look forward to in the 2020 NFL season. Week 1 Fins at Pats.
  • Pete Prisco (CBS Sports) 2020 NFL schedule: 10 best games. /No Pats.
  • Adam Maya ( Belichick not closing door on Pats adding another QB.
  • Marc Sessler ( Most forgiving 2020 NFL schedules: Ravens, Bucs are smiling.
  • Jenny Vrentas (SI) The NFL’s optimistic offseason continues with only slight schedule modifications.
  • Danny Heifetz (The Ringer) Six takeaways from the 2020 NFL schedule announcement. 1. The league is operating as if it will play a full season (but it has contingency plans).