It was hard to know what to expect from the New England Patriots going into the 2020 season. For the first time in nearly 20 years, the Patriots would take the field without Tom Brady. New quarterback Cam Newton was a question, hobbled by injuries for the second half of 2018 and a couple of bad games in 2019. The Patriots’ offense had already dipped a year ago, with Brady struggling to connect with a depleted receiver corps.

The hope was that the Patriots could put an offense on the field that would at least match last year’s disappointing unit. A return to the offensive levels of recent Brady seasons seemed unlikely.