NFL Schedule Release: New England Patriots 2021 Schedule

The Patriots were always due a transition season after losing Tom Brady and putting themselves up against the cap chasing a final Super Bowl, so it was probably a good achievement to win seven games last season.

Free agency was the perfect storm of Bill Belichick having tons of cap room, a lot of needs and other teams struggling with the cap going down, so it’s going to be a fascinating watch after some high-profile free agents were signed.

We’re going to see some TE-heavy formations next year after Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry were signed, but the big story will be at QB where there’s an expectation that Mac Jones will eventually take over from Cam Newton.

The defense couldn’t stop the run at all last season so serious money was also spent on the D-line and the linebacker group, while the return of Dont’a Hightower will also be huge.

If the Pats do anything next season it does look like it will be in spite of the QB play rather than because of it, but you can be sure they will be a much more competitive side this time round.

New England Patriots Schedule for 2021

1New England PatriotsMiami Dolphins
2New York JetsNew England Patriots
3New England PatriotsNew Orleans Saints
4New England PatriotsTampa Bay Buccaneers
5Houston TexansNew England Patriots
6New England PatriotsDallas Cowboys
7New England PatriotsNew York Jets
8Los Angeles ChargersNew England Patriots
9Carolina PanthersNew England Patriots
10New England PatriotsCleveland Browns
11New England PatriotsAtlanta Falcons
12New England PatriotsTennessee Titans
13Buffalo BillsNew England Patriots
15Indianapolis ColtsNew England Patriots
16New England PatriotsBuffalo Bills
17New England PatriotsJacksonville Jaguars
18Miami DolphinsNew England Patriots

The obvious highlight here sees Tom Brady bring his World Champion Tampa Bay Bucs back to Foxboro, and you can be sure this will be billed as the game that defines who’s better between he and Bill Belichick.

Obviously there’s much more to that argument, but it’s going to be a huge occasion and the Pats will fancy their chances at home if they can get off to a solid start.

It’s always hard to tell at this stage of the season but they should feel confident of returning to a winning season as a bare minimum, while giving Buffalo a run for the division can’t be out of the question either.

Tom has a deep passion for soccer and has worked as a coach and a first-team scout alongside covering everything from the Champions League to Croatian non-league stories. He also loves the NFL and sees nothing wrong with staying up til 5am on a regular basis to watch it in the UK

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