Attorney Nicholas Ellis is a long time New England sports fan.
Living in New England for most of his life, Attorney Nicholas Ellis has grown up watching some of the greatest sports teams play including the Boston Celtics, Boston Bruins, Boston Red Sox, and the New England Patriots. Football is one of his all-time favorite sports and Ellis is anxiously awaiting the start of the 2016 season. Below, Attorney Nicholas Ellis offers a preview of what he expects to see this upcoming season for the New England Patriots.
The New England Patriots head into Arizona on Sunday night to open their 2016 season. The main question in New England is how they will fare the first four weeks without quarterback Tom Brady, who will be serving a suspension. After all, Jimmy Garappollo out of Eastern Illinois, will be taking over after completing just 1-of-4 for 6 yards last year. The key to the entire season may hinge on the four games Brady is out.
A win opening day in Arizona would be monumental. While I don’t see that happening, the Patriots can get through the stretch without Brady at least 2-2. Garappollo will have plenty of help with the likes of Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola and LeGarrette Blount. Gronkowski and Edelman saw the endzone a combined 18 times last season, so look for Garappollo to look for Brady’s favorite targets. Edelmen and Gronkowski are two favorite players of Attorney Nicholas Ellis and he is excited to see how they will come out and try to lead the team to victory.
On the defensive side of the ball, New England wasn’t dominating a year ago, but were good enough and should continue to be good enough to keep the Patriots on top most weeks. They were 17th against the pass, 9th against the run and 10th in points allowed and return dominant pass rusher Chandler Jones, who recorded 12.5 sacks last season.
The x-factor in many games could be the right leg of Stephen Gostkowski. He had converted on an incredible 103 of 111 field goals over the past three seasons, including 10 of 12 from beyond 50 yards. Attorney Nicholas Ellis strongly believes that Gostkowski could single-handedly win a few games for the Patriots this year.
The road won’t necessarily be easy with games against Houston, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Baltimore, Denver and two against Buffalo. Despite a relatively tough schedule and the early season absence of Brady, expect the Patriots to go no worse than 10-6. That should be enough to take the AFC East and expect another deep run into the AFC Playoffs.
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