by Matt Rooney
The 2018 Patriots season is just around the corner, as Tom Brady leads the pats in their blitz for six. It’s been a turbulent past 6 months, with the Super Bowl loss to Philly, the Jimmy G trade, and the reported rift between the two most important members of the Patriots dynasty.
With the first game this Sunday, let’s make some predictions about this coming season…
Record: 12-4 [losses to Detroit (9/23), Tennessee (11/11), Miami (12/9), Pittsburgh (12/16)]
Season Result: Defeat New Orleans Saints in Super Bowl LIII, 41-38
MVP – Tom Brady QB
The Patriots will go as far as Tom Brady takes them. Period. If Brady plays at an MVP level, they will reach the Super Bowl and potentially win it. If Brady falls off a cliff (like all of the national analysts predict at the start of every season), the Patriots probably won’t make the playoffs.
This season, Tom Brady will be the team MVP, as he carries the Patriots to a 12-4 record and a third straight Super Bowl appearance.
Defensive MVP – Stephon Gilmore CB
The Patriots best defender over the second half of the last year was Stephon Gilmore and it wasn’t even close. He absolutely dominated, and was the only Patriots defender who didn’t embarrass himself in the Super Bowl vs Philly.
This season, Gilmore will carry this defense to a top 10 ranking while making the Pro Bowl. The big question is – Will his other defensive teammates step up as well?
Check out his 2017 season highlights here:
Best Offseason Addition – Trent Brown LT
Trent Brown was brought in from the San Fransisco 49ers to replace Nate Solder and be in charge of protecting Brady’s blindside. This is the best move the Patriots made this offseason. Brown is an absolute beast of a man, standing at 6’8 and 380 lbs. He will be one of 5 Patriot Pro Bowlers (Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Stephon Gilmore, Matthew Slater), and will be an absolute bargain for the Patriots this year.
ROY – Sony Michel RB
The Pats don’t usually take skill position players high in the draft. Since they took Michel in the first round, they must really like him. The former Georgia Bulldog is a decisive and disciplined runner who possesses a great mix of strength and speed. There’s no reason why he shouldn’t be the primary back for the Pats by midseason, and will be a stalwart for this offense over the next decade.
Breakout Candidate – Deatrich Wise Jr. DE
By the end of the season, Deatrich Wise Jr. will be a household name. The massive defensive end (6’5 275lbs) is going to breakthrough for the Patriots this year. He will pace the team in sacks, pressures and hurries this season.