New England Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - AUGUST 11: Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots looks on from the sideline during the preseason game between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on August 11, 2022 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

On Monday’s edition of Zolak & Bertrand, Zo gave his reasoning for why the Patriots need to start 2-0 this season if they hope to make the playoffs.

Beetle: They need to open 2-0. Okay. Why is that?

Scott Zolak: Because I just think we did this and we looked at the schedule. Their schedule and just the way things have sort of, are going to play out for them as we try to judge this thing. You’ve got Baltimore Week 3 at home. That’s your home opener. Okay, say they go 2-0, you got Baltimore at home. Baltimore is gonna be a tough team. They always come up here, they’re physical, they don’t fear coming in here. They’re going to try to kick your you know what in the dirt. They got a lot of good players back off injury last year.

And after that you got Green Bay. It’s another tough one at home. Detroit. Cleveland. Now, granted, you’re going to miss Deshaun Watson in Cleveland, but Cleveland has got a good football team. Amari Cooper went there. They can run the ball with Chubb. You got Myles Garrett. They got some home wreckers on the defense. Good young defense. Then Chicago, Jets, Indy after that. That to me is going to be a light stretch of the schedule because you have the bye after Indy and then you got the Jets again sandwiched in there. So I really look at that Chicago, Jets, Indy, Jets again, as I don’t say the cupcake part of your schedule, but if you want a breather with your bye sandwiched in there, you should be okay with that.

Minnesota weird, weird game. Thursday night, football, Thanksgiving night. The last part of the schedule I think is brutal. Buffalo, Arizona, L.A., Cincinnati, Miami and Buffalo at the end of the year. It’s sort of like to get to 2-0 and then you have that little bit of fight, can we go 1-1 here? Can we go 1-2 and survive that? You won’t have the ability to go 1-2 or 1-3 throughout portions of your schedule if you don’t start to 2-0. 2-0 in your hip pocket gives you a little breathing room.

If you want to hear more of the conversation, tune into the second hour of Zolak & Bertrand to hear the full discussion. It can be found here:

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