Shield your eyes, football fans, because it looks like the New England Patriots will sail smoothly into the playoffs once again this year.
The experts at NFL Network have determined that New England has the “most favorable” schedule this upcoming season after each team’s 2019 opponents were revealed on Wednesday night.
A major factor in the Patriots’ schedule being deemed so favorable is that their most difficult games, including an AFC Championship game rematch against the Kansas City Chiefs, will be held at home at Gillette Stadium. New England’s most difficult road game, according to Maurice Jones-Drew, will come Week 11 in Philadelphia.
The 2019 NFL draft is fast approaching. With names like Kyler Murray, Nick Bosa and Josh Allen available, it seems likely we already know how the first few selections of the first round will go on April 25.
But what about the rest of the picks?
A top-heavy draft class doesn’t mean some diamonds in the rough won’t be found further down in the draft. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, selected No. 199 overall in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL draft, is evidence of that — and this year, the Patriots may draft his heir apparent.
The NFL regular season is only 16 games long, so it’s important to make them all count.
Of course, some teams will always get luckier than others. A weak division or the ability to face stronger opponents at home are obvious advantages that not every team receives each season.
NFL.com graded each team’s strength of schedule for the upcoming season and ranked the Washington Redskins’ 2019 opponents as the easiest group to face.
Other teams that got pretty lucky with their schedules include the New York Giants (who will “visit” the Jets this season), the Cincinnati Bengals (who will host three of 2018’s last-place teams), and the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots (who will play the Chiefs in Foxborough yet again).
The Rob Gronkowski era in New England has come to an end.
The superstar tight end was drafted 42nd overall in the 2010 NFL draft and quickly became a household name, not only for his abilities on the field but also his larger-than-life personality.
Gronkowski spent his entire career with the New England Patriots, playing in five Super Bowls and winning three. Many have called him the greatest tight end in league history, and there’s no denying that he has earned a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
These Super Bowl champs can now add “award show presenter” to their already stacked résumés.
New England Patriots stars Devin McCourty and Julian Edelman were at the 2019 Grammy Awards on Sunday night, one week after their Super Bowl LIII win, to announce the winner of the “Best Pop/Group Performance” award. The two athletes presented the award to Lady Gaga, who won the honor alongside Bradley Cooper for their song “Shallow” from their film, “A Star Is Born.”
Cooper was unable to attend the event, but the stage was packed with star power even without him there.
The New England Patriots defense held the Los Angeles Rams to just three points en route to their Super Bowl LIII victory on Sunday night.
The stellar performance has earned high praise for Bill Belichick’s defense, as well as now-former linebackers coach and defensive play caller Brian Flores. The Rams became only the second team in history to score just three points in a title game.
But according to NFL.com, that wasn’t an impressive enough feat to earn even a single MVP vote for any defensive player on the Patriots.
For some New England Patriots players, Super Bowl LIII was their first NFL championship win. For others, like Julian Edelman, Devin McCourty and Rob Gronkowski, it was their third. And for a select few within the organization, it was their sixth.
Regardless of experience, all of those Patriots took to the streets of Boston on Tuesday to party like it was 1999 – or, more realistically, 2002.
Roughly a million fans lined the route for Tuesday’s Super Bowl victory parade to celebrate the Patriots’ sixth title in franchise history. Players, who rode on duck boats with their families and friends, took to Instagram to document the day:
Noted party animal Rob Gronkowski didn’t hold back at his third, and possibly final, Super Bowl victory parade.
The New England Patriots celebrated their Super Bowl LIII win over the Los Angeles Rams with a rolling rally through the streets of Boston, Massachusetts, on Tuesday. A million fans or more were expected to be in attendance, thanks in large part to unseasonably high temperatures.
The superstar tight end, who hasn’t denied rumors that he’s mulling retirement, appeared to have a full bottle of wine in his hands shortly after the parade began at 11 a.m.
Mere hours after his MVP press conference, Super Bowl LIII superstar Julian Edelman is already on a well-deserved vacation.
The New England Patriots wide receiver posted several clips and photos on Instagram early Monday afternoon showing himself and quarterback Tom Brady in Disney World the day after their championship victory over the Los Angeles Rams.
The two athletes posted photos from the Toy Story Mania ride as well as the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge area of the park.
Sorry to burst your bubble, Patriots haters – a guy who knows a thing or two about Super Bowls (and great quarterbacks) says there’s no use betting against them.
Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews, who has spent his entire career alongside Aaron Rodgers and won a Super Bowl with him in 2011, is picking New England to win Super Bowl LIII.
“The amount of experience they’ve had and how they’ve been able to stay on top is truly remarkable,” he told AOL.com. “Even in the losses they’ve had in the Super Bowl, they haven’t been blowouts.”