Taylor McCloud — Pats Militia
For the Patriots, these past few days have been a goddamn whirlwind. The team signed Mike Gillislee to an RFA Offer Sheet, Danny Amendola re-structured his deal, Malcolm Butler signed his tender, and James White agreed to a contract extension.*
Everything they’ve done, no matter how seemingly unimportant, has been thrilling. Like in 2007, the team seems to be gearing up to have one of the most explosive seasons in franchise history.
As for the teams who’ll have to deal with them — well, they’re not going to have a good time. I just made the comparison to 2007, and it may have seemed like somewhat of an exaggeration, but I really don’t think it is. If you look at this roster, especially on the offensive side of the ball, there doesn’t seem to be a glaring weak spot. I know other teams never admit to fearing their opponent, but when the Patriots line up across from them, they will shake in their boots. And, as of tonight, we know exactly when said boot-shaking will be taking place.
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) April 21, 2017
I hate to be like this, but I don’t care a whole hell of a lot about this schedule release. It’s just a list of who the Patriots are going to destroy and when they’re going to do it. Even the stretch towards the end of the season where they have to travel to Denver, Oakland (Mexico), Buffalo, Miami, and Pittsburgh all in the span of six weeks just doesn’t make me nervous. Each and every year, the Patriots hit their stride in November and December and those games fall right in that sweet spot. Will those games be tough? Sure. Am I predicting a couple losses during that stretch? Absolutely not.
I honestly feel like such a dickhead writing these types of things, but I can’t help it. The Patriots are the reigning Super Bowl champions and just treated the offseason like they finished 4-12 and in the basement of the AFC East. They stand head and shoulders above the rest of the NFL and I’ll continue to think that until I have reason to believe otherwise.