The 5 Hottest Patriots Games of the 2019-20 Season
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Whether you love them or hate them, there’s no denying that the New England Patriots continue to be one of the most dominating franchises in all of sports.
With the NFL’s regular season set to kick off in just over a month, the Patriots will look to consecutively repeat as Super Bowl champions — something that hasn’t been done by an NFL team since 2004.
New England’s schedule is chock-full of interesting matchups, and we’ve highlighted the five biggest can’t-miss games of the season. Check ’em out!
Pittsburgh Steelers at New England Patriots | September 8
The Patriots will have to be ready to play their best football from the jump, as they’ll open the 2019 season against one of the better teams in the league: the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Steelers were able to beat the Patriots by a touchdown last year, and they’ll be looking to put forth a similar effort when the two squads meet on Sunday Night Football in Week 1.
Cleveland Browns at New England Patriots | October 27
Coming into the season as one of the most hyped-up teams in the league, the Cleveland Browns will have one of their biggest tests of the year when they travel to Gillette Stadium to take on the Pats in late October.
Just one year removed from a win-less 2017 campaign, there’s plenty of hope surrounding this Browns team thanks to a dynamic duo in the making of quarterback Baker Mayfield and wideout Odell Beckham Jr.
The Browns are pushing themselves to make the playoffs for the first time since 2002, and a win on the road in New England could provide them with the momentum to carry them into the postseason.
New England Patriots at Baltimore Ravens | November 3
The third matchup we’ve highlighted is a Sunday Night Football prime time game in which the Pats go on the road to take on the Baltimore Ravens.
Coming off their first playoff appearance in four years, the Ravens pose a significant challenge to the Patriots. Ravens coach John Harbaugh has always fared well against New England, having knocked off the Patriots in the postseason twice in the past decade.
This will undoubtedly be a hard-fought, grind-it-out affair, and it’s no surprise that it’s been selected by the league to be played on a Sunday night.
New England Patriots at Philadelphia Eagles | November 17
After their Week 10 bye, the Patriots will face one of their toughest challenges of the season when they head to Philly to take on the Eagles in a rematch of Super Bowl LII.
The underdog Eagles were able to topple the Patriots that night, despite losing their starting quarterback to a season-ending injury earlier in the 2017 campaign. Revenge will surely be on coach Bill Belichick’s mind going into this one, and he’ll likely have the team fully prepared for what should be a must-see game.
Kansas City Chiefs at New England Patriots| December 8
The final matchup that we’ve chosen to single-out is undoubtedly the most highly-anticipated of the season for New England, when they’ll host the Kansas City Chiefs in Foxborough, MA come early December.
The Patriots and Chiefs faced off against each other twice in 2018, once in the regular season and once in the AFC Championship game. Both games were instant classics, featuring a breakneck pace and two high-octane offenses slugging it out for 60-plus minutes.
The Patriots were able to win both matchups in 2018, but only by a combined margin of nine points. The playoff tourney was a game for the ages, one that went into overtime and featured a third quarter with 38 points scored. The Patriots were able to win the game in overtime thanks to a 2-yard rushing touchdown from Rex Burkhead, who punched the ball in the end zone after a 75-yard drive. It ended with a score of 37-31, New England.
Given the track record of fantastic offensive football played between these two teams, their Week 14 tilt should be circled in permanent marker by all fans of the sport.