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Pro Football in the 1970s - Sports History Network EPISODE 29, 28th June 2021
Remembering the 1974 New England Patriots

Remembering the 1974 New England Patriots

Pigskin Past is part of the Sports History Network - The Headquarters For Your Favorite Sport's Yesteryear.


The NFL is replete with numerous teams over the years who have had good starts to a season, and bad endings to the same season.

But perhaps none of those “Best of Times, Worst of Times” seasons can compare to what the New England Patriots had to deal with in 1974. The Patriots of 1974 were saddled with the toughest schedule of any of the (then) 26 teams in the NFL. The teams on their 1974 slate averaged over eight wins during the previous year.

Moreover, the Patriots had to play five playoff teams from 1973 in their 1974 season, and that did not count for the Miami Dolphins, who the Patriots had to play twice in 1974..........

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PIgskin Past is a podcast dedicated to teaching fans about the history of the NFL during the 1970s, a time when the host (Joe Zagorski) grew up as a rabid fan of the game. Joe is also an author of multiple NFL books. See Joe's books below.

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