The New England Patriots are no stranger to the Super Bowl. The team is tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most Super Bowls wins at six each. However, the Patriots have a three-game lead for most Super Bowl appearances with 11.

The Patriots’ last appearance in 2019 was also their last. It has been a few years since they have been a part of “The Big Game,” but their short drought is coming to an end.

Here are three reasons why the Patriots are a lock to compete in Super Bowl LVI.

 

1. We’ve seen this film before (sort of)

The parallels between Tom Brady’s rookie year and Mac Jones’ are uncanny.

Bill Belichick became the coach of the Patriots in 2000, prior to the draft that year. Belichick has been credited for selecting Brady as the 199th overall pick. Belichick saw the potential in Brady, and the pair took the NFL by storm.

After star Drew Bledsoe got injured, Brady became the starting quarterback for the Patriots in his second season. In that year under Belichick, Brady led the Patriots to a Super Bowl championship.

Fast forward 21 years later, the Patriots selected Mac Jones as the 15th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. The team is both managed and coached by Belichick, so he definitely had a big say in drafting Jones.