As we inch closer to the start of the 2010 season, I thought it would be a good idea to make some quick analysis of the schdule and make some predictions about how the Patriots will fare in each of their 16 constests. We took a look at Weeks 1-4 last week, and in today's piece we'll take a look at Weeks 6-9.
As a quick recap, here's how I called each of the first four games. (You can find the full article here.)
Week 1: Home vs. Cincinatti - W
Week 2: Away vs. New York Jets - W
Week 3: Home vs. Buffalo - W
Week 4: Away vs. Miami - L
Week 5: BYE
Week 6 - Home vs. Baltimore
The Patriots took on Baltimore twice at home last season. In Week 4, the teams played a nail-biter, with the Patriots stopping Baltimore in the red zone as the final seconds ticked down. They met again in the playoffs and it was a completely different affair. The Ravens gashed the Patriots in the most embarrasing defeat the team has ever suffered in Gillette Stadium. The Ravens appear to be every bit as good this season as they were last year, and if this game occurred any other week, I'd put it down for a loss. However, the Patriots haven't lost a game coming out of the bye week since 2002. Combine that with the need for vengeance and I have to pick the Pats here.
Predicted Record: 4-1