The New England Patriots probably aren't going to be Super Bowl contenders in 2020. If you believe the oddsmakers, they'll struggle to stay above .500.
But if you're counting on them losing their first game of the post-Tom Brady era, we have something to show you.
Unless Brian Hoyer finds the fountain of youth or the Patriots make a splash via free agency or trade, second-year quarterback Jarrett Stidham is in line to be the Patriots' starting QB in 2020.
If Stidham starts in Week 1, he'll be the seventh quarterback to log his first career start with Bill Belichick as his head coach.
Guess how the previous six QBs fared? Boston Sports Info has the details:
Belichick is a perfect 6-0 (4-0 with the Patriots; 2-0 with the Cleveland Browns) in his head coaching career with a QB making his first career start.
That's a remarkable stat, especially since this list isn't loaded with future Hall of Famers.
Todd Philcox played a total of 15 NFL games but still tossed three touchdown passes in his first start to help the 1992 Cleveland Browns defeat the Oakland Raiders. Eric Zeier? He won just four games as an NFL starter, but one of them was a 29-26 win over the Cincinnati Bengals for Belichick's Browns in 1995.
More recently, Belichick has worked his coaching magic with Belichick replacements Matt Cassel, Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett.
Cassel won his first start in Week 2 of the 2008 season after Brady suffered a season-ending knee injury in Week 2, then helped guide New England to an 11-5 record despite not even starting a game in college.
Belichick cycled through two QBs in the first four weeks of the 2016 season with Brady serving his Deflategate suspension, but helped Garoppolo defeat Arizona on the road in Week 1 and set Brissett up to knock off the eventual AFC South champion Houston Texans in Week 3.
If Belichick were so inclined, he may use the above stat as evidence he's more important to New England's success than Brady.
Barroom debates aside, Patriots fans still should feel confident if Stidham is their QB for the season opener given who will be patrolling the sideline.