Pats have work cut out with tough schedule, replacing Tom Brady

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New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick at a press conference in 2019.  (Photo by Jim Mahoney)

By LORENZO RECUPERO

The NFL officially released the schedule for the New England Patriots 2020 season and it isn’t a particularly easy one.

The 16 opponents on the schedule have a combined .530 winning percentage from a season ago.

Because of this (and you know, losing arguably the best quarterback in NFL history), the sports media is abuzz with predictions the Patriots and Coach Belichick will lay down and tank (purposely lose games to secure a higher draft pick) in order to get a chance at the multi-talented, extremely coveted Clemson quarterback, Trevor Lawrence, in next year’s draft.

Amongst the pundits, the Pats’ season slate was labeled a ‘perfect tanking for Trevor schedule’.

After losing out in the bring-Tom-Brady-back sweepstakes, such a schedule and a chance at Trevor is a huge break for the rebuilding Pats and ol’ faithful schemer Belichick, right?

Not exactly.

And here’s why.

First, if we are to dispel the theory of the Pats tanking, we have to look closely at all angles and at the biggest development this off-season: quarterback Tom Brady has left the building.

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