New England Patriots: 2010 – 2011 Regular Season Schedule
The New England Patriots aren’t the team, they were just a few season ago with an aging offensive line and a defense that has many new faces. If this group is going to make it back to the Super Bowl it will take another great coaching job by Bill Belichick and the team needs to win home field advantage.
Below we have the Patriots 2010 -2011 regular season schedule for you to view as we inch closer to the beginning of the NFL season. We also have the fantasy relevant players for New England, and a breakdown for all NFL teams in schedule strength in win/loss, against the pass, run and points.
Strength of Schedules
More Ground, Less Air?
The New England Patriots rebounded in 2009 to not just make it back to the playoffs but win the division. Keeping Tom Brady was a high priority after the team traded away proven backup Matt Cassel to the Chiefs.
While Brady was beaten up throughout the second half of the season, he did manage to finish the entire season.
Not matter the Patriots’ schedule, I would expect Brady to have a better season this year in the sense that he won’t struggle with accuracy issues he had at time last year. Coming of a bad knee injury like Brady’s it’s not surprise that he look rusty at times and not like his old self.
While Brady’s accuracy may improve his overall fantasy number could stay around the same as last year. Rumors out of New England are that the team is ready to return to more of a running attack.
It’s hard not to use Brady and Randy Moss when you have them but running the football more makes sense. It was that type of approach on offense that won the Patriots three Super Bowls (with shutdown defense) and if the running game is working Brady won’t take as many shots to his body.
Defense Needs To Step Up
The Patriots secondary shouldn’t be that bad as the young group of player had a respectable overall ranking against the pass. Considering that the Patriots play Chad Henne, Trent Edwards and Mark Sanchez (six games a year) it’s not hard to see why their numbers are good.
Nose tackle Vince Wilfork is still around and that is crucial to the teams three – four style defense. Conversely, the loss of key veterans on the defensive ends and at line backer are a concern for this unit.
Because of these issues, I still expect the defense to have problems against elite offenses in the NFL. This could cost them a Super Bowl appearance if they can’t win home field advantage.