The Patriots will be looking for their 10th consecutive division title when they play out their 2018 schedule. When they’re not playing the AFC East this season, for the most part they’ll be facing the AFC South and NFC North.
Biggest breaks: The AFC East competition helps the Patriots again, as they should sweep the Bills, Dolphins and Jets. Even though Buffalo made the playoffs last season, it’s not the same team this year, and both Miami and New York will be bad again. Taking away New England, the division remains weak.
Bottom line: Talking about the Patriots’ record is like a broken record no matter their opponents. The reigning AFC champions face teams that combined for a 124-132 record last season, tied for the 10th easiest strength of schedule in the NFL. New England will roll in another big season with Brady for another No. 1 or No. 2 playoff seed. Record prediction: 13-3
McClain, 29, spent the 2017 season with Washington. He recorded 20 tackles and two sacks in 12 games, starting just two contests after being passed up on the depth chart by Stacy McGee. Washington released McClain in April after selecting defensive linemen Da’Ron Payne and Tim Settle in the NFL draft.
McClain visited the San Francisco 49ers and Miami Dolphins, among others, in his free-agency process.
The Saints, meanwhile, must deal with Mark Ingram’s suspension for the first four games of the 2018 campaign because of a violation of the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.
Peterson said he would definitely be open to a return.
For whatever reason, it just didn’t work out [in New Orleans], but when I got my shot in Arizona, I showed what I was able to do, the seven-time Pro Bowl performer said. I know once I get back out there, I’ll be blessed with a healthy season and show people I’m still the best in the league.