That sure looks like a 2-2 start, even though New England gets to see the Jets without the suspended Santonio Holmes.
Their usual rivalry match with the Colts is on the books again. 19 Green Bay at New England (8:20 PM)
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Then look at that six-game stretch following the bye, as there are five potential Super Bowl teams in there with the Ravens, Chargers, Vikings, Steelers and Colts. 24 New England at San Diego (4:15 PM)
Oct. 7 New England at Cleveland (1:00 PM)
The Pats play on Thanksgiving for the first time since 2002 and should handle the Lions, who haven’t won on Turkey Day since 2003. It’s hard to see the Dolphins having much of a shot in Foxboro in January.
This looks like a 10-6 record to me for the second year in a row, so I would take the ‘over’ 9.5 for my NFL season win total football picks I would also still take the Pats to win the AFC East but this doesn’t look much like a Super Bowl team. By comparison, the Pats’ division compatriots, the Jets, Dolphins and Bills, all have the 16th-toughest schedule.
Over the course of the season they will face a playoff team eight times, but six of those games will take place in Gillette Stadium. 17 Baltimore at New England (1:00 PM)
Oct. Jets (4:15 PM)
Sept. 14 New England at Pittsburgh (8:20 PM)
Nov. New England will play five games against opponents that won 10 or more games in 2009 and will face every team from the AFC playoffs in 2009 as well as two from the NFC (Green Bay and Minnesota). The Patriots don’t face another AFC East team until Week 13. A 4-2 record there would be very nice and 3-3 at worst is doable.
That Pats’ NFL schedule ranks the sixth-hardest in the NFL for strength of schedule with an opponents’ cumulative record of 136-120 (.531). 19 New England at N.Y. 12 New England at Chicago (1:00 PM)
Dec. Somehow it’s the eighth straight meeting between the two powers, the longest current streak between non-divisional opponents. After all, the Pats have won the division crown six of the past seven years and the one season they didn’t Tom Brady was lost in the season opener and they still tied the Dolphins atop the division. 31 Minnesota at New England (4:15 PM)
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Espn Nfl Playoff Predictions. 2 Miami at New England (1:00 PM)
Things don’t start easy for New England with divisional road games at the Jets and Dolphins – the Pats lost at both last year — coming before that early Week 5 bye. The only break comes at home against Cleveland. The Colts have won five of the past six, and each of the past four including the playoffs have been Decided by four points or fewer. 6 N.Y. Remember, this team won only one true road game in 2009 (at Buffalo, the win over the Bucs was in London). 12 Cincinnati at New England (1:00 PM)
Sept. This will be the first time the game is in Foxboro since 2006.
The AFC East is going to be quite the battle this season, and despite the fact that New England no longer sits atop as the legit favorite, they will be in the hunt along with the Jets and Dolphins. Jets at New England (8:30 PM)
Dec. 26 New England at Buffalo (1:00 PM)
Jan. 21 Indianapolis at New England (4:15 PM)
Nov. 26 Buffalo at New England (1:00 PM)
Oct. At least the Pats then get plenty of time off before a likely huge Monday nighter against the Jets that could well determine the division. Espn Nfl Playoff Predictions
Sept. The only two playoff teams they’ll face on the road are the Jets and Chargers. In fact, the Pats are likely to be playing in some major winter weather in four of their final five games. 4 New England at Miami (8:30 PM)
Oct. 25 New England at Detroit (12:30 PM)