Patriots' Easy 2019 NFL Schedule Could Point to Exceeding Projected Win Total

Mike Esposito
Super Bowl LIII - New England Patriots v Los Angeles Rams
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Winning seasons are nothing new to the New England Patriots, but their 2019 schedule is much easier than you'd expect the reigning Super Bowl champions to have to play.

As things currently stand, the Patriots have the easiest schedule in the league this upcoming season, according to Football Perspective. In fact, nine of their 16 games are against teams that finished in the bottom 10 last year.

Additionally, the Patriots only have to face two projected Top-10 teams next season in the Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles.

Given that New England's schedule arguably looks weak on paper, it makes sense that the Patriots' win total has been set at 11, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

While this total may seem high at first glance, it's worth noting that the Patriots haven't won fewer than 11 games since the 2009 season. Tom Brady had torn his ACL the season prior, so the team likely took a step back as he recovered from the injury.

Barring a similarly catastrophic injury, it's safe to expect the Patriots to be around 11 wins again next season, especially since their schedule doesn't appear to be too formidable.

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