Patriots get only three primetime games for 2021

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The Cowboys may no longer be “America’s Team.” The Patriots apparently aren’t, either.

An important tidbit from the 2021 schedule comes from the lack of primetime publicity the Patriots will receive. They play on a Sunday night (Week Four vs. Bucs), a Thursday night (Week 11 at Falcons), and a Monday night (Week 13 at Bills). They also have a big-spot 4:25 p.m. ET game in Week Six, when the original “America’s Team” comes to town.

It’s a significant reduction in profile for a Patriots team that went 7-9 last year. Fifteen teams have more primetime games than the Patriots.

Yes, flexing could result in more night games for the Patriots (and fewer for other teams). But the decision to give the Patriots only three primetime games amounts to a slap in the face, and it’s something that coach Bill Belichick can use to motivate his team.

Indeed, coaches use everything they can to motivate their teams. Belichick surely will be reminding his players that the networks and the league office thinks they’re going to suck this year.

That’s all the more reason to think that they won’t. The talent has improved significantly, and Belichick continues to be the best coach in all of football.

24 responses to “Patriots get only three primetime games for 2021

  1. Not much that’s compelling about the Patriots this year. Rule #1…how do we put butts in seats? The answer is not by airing Pats games.

  2. Not at all a surprise, without TB12 they showed what they are an average team.

  3. As a Pats fan, I can say i’m ecstatic about not having to stay up late to watch.

  4. Two of those games, Bucs and Bills, are because of the team that they’re playing.

  5. As a Pats fan, I hate primetime games, so this is three too many as someone else said.

  6. Pats fans can now get more sleep at night. The work productivity in Massachusetts is going to jump this year.

  7. Rex Ryan coaching record: 61-66. Belichick without the greatest QB of all time: 61-73. Tell me again how Bill B is the best NFL coach?

  8. I’m a Patriots fan and I don’t see this as a slap in the face. The Patriots weren’t good last year. While I think they’ll go 10-7 or 11-6 this year, the pundits think they’ll be more like 9-8 or worse. With a record and predicted performance like that, of course they’re not going to get featured in prime time.

    The Pats will definitely use this as motivation, but more along the lines of “nobody believes in us” than that they were insulted by the relative lack of primetime games. Meanwhile, as another old geezer, I’ll enjoy the extra sleep.

  9. Rex Ryan coaching record: 61-66. Belichick without the greatest QB of all time: 61-73. Tell me again how Bill B is the best NFL coach?

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    Easy, take credit away from Parcel and give to Belichick; take credit away from Brady and give to Belichick, then Belichick is the GOAT coach.

  10. Time for me to weigh in. BB played a Jedi mind trick with the schedule makers, made them his minions. And commanded this to happen.

  11. Easy, take credit away from Parcel and give to Belichick; take credit away from Brady and give to Belichick, then Belichick is the GOAT coach.

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    Parcells accomplished nothing without Belichick on his staff. Prove me wrong.

  12. Im so looking forward to the next 10-12 years of the Patriots just not moving the needle. Outside of Brady and Gronk, they never had ANY elite players. Even Belichick is average.

    hey Pats fans…all you are now is the Chicago Bears.

  13. I don’t see this as a slap in the face at all. 7-9/sub .500 teams generally do not get many prime time slots (unless they’re from New York) so this was expected. And as a few have already noted, as a Pats fan this is fine by me! Nothing worse than those late Sunday/Monday night games!

  14. remizak says:
    May 17, 2021 at 5:08 pm
    I’m a Patriots fan and I don’t see this as a slap in the face. The Patriots weren’t good last year. While I think they’ll go 10-7 or 11-6 this year, the pundits think they’ll be more like 9-8 or worse. With a record and predicted performance like that, of course they’re not going to get featured in prime time.


    With Mac starting – the sky is the limit this season. With Cam starting – well let’s hope not.

  15. William Lee says:
    May 17, 2021 at 5:28 pm
    Rex Ryan coaching record: 61-66. Belichick without the greatest QB of all time: 61-73. Tell me again how Bill B is the best NFL coach?

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    Easy, take credit away from Parcel and give to Belichick; take credit away from Brady and give to Belichick, then Belichick is the GOAT coach.

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    Kind of like Tampa Bay Tommy lovers taking credit for a Super Bowl away from Malcolm Butler, Adam Vinatieri, Stephon Gilmore, Ty Law, and also the Buccaneers pass rush and giving it to Brady? Like that? 🙂

    Man it would have been fun to see a Peyton Manning and Belichick combination. I know Peyton wouldn’t have blown a chance to go 19-0. The very same Rex Ryan you talk said Peyton Manning is a better quarterback than Brady. I’m not going to go there but it’s kinda hilarious to watch Tampa Bay Tommy lovers spin themselves in circles.

  16. cancerman2020 says:
    May 18, 2021 at 6:35 am
    Easy, take credit away from Parcel and give to Belichick; take credit away from Brady and give to Belichick, then Belichick is the GOAT coach.

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    Parcells accomplished nothing without Belichick on his staff. Prove me wrong.

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    Cmon now! Everyone knows only Brady is responsible for Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs being held to 9 points or Malcolm Butler making a bigger Super Bowl play than Brady ever has! 😀

  17. I know Peyton wouldn’t have blown a chance to go 19-0.
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    Brady shouldn’t even make to SB if not because of Rivers’ injury.

    The reason, he played like Peyton!!! holding the balls for big plays, that is why he was under pressure even though he had the best WR group in Pats.

  18. Cmon now! Everyone knows only Brady is responsible for Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs being held to 9 points or Malcolm Butler making a bigger Super Bowl play than Brady ever has!

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    You don’t even know what makes winning SB so hard. It is not how great a QB is when he is good, it is about what a QB can do when he struggles.

    Will Rodgers be able to score 23+ in 3 straight games with Bucs? Mahomes wouldn’t be able to do it if not because his WR wore out 49ers defenders. (When did 49ers defense collapse? 2nd half of 4th quarter. How much time did 49er offense played? less than 27 minutes).

    When a QB has only ONE way to score enough, like Peyton, he will have a bad day in playoff, and most likely he will lose that game, hence NO SB. Understand now why Rodgers couldn’t make back to SB?

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