Last night, despite the current lockout situation in the NFL, the Patriots’ schedule was announced. New England’s fans are hungry to start the NFL up again especially after the way the season ended last year, a 28-21 loss in the AFC Divisional Playoffs to the archrival New York Jets. But, assuming we start the season on time, here are some tidbits about New England’s schedule as well as the top 5 games I am looking forward to this season:
First, here is the full schedule, found on NFL.com (all times are eastern)
Week 1 – Monday September 12th – Patriots at Dolphins – 7:00 ESPN
Weel 2 – Sunday September 18th – Chargers at Patriots – 4:15 CBS
Week 3 – Sunday September 25th – Patriots at Bills – 1:00 CBS
Week 4 – Sunday October 2nd – Patriots at Raiders – 4:15 CBS
Week 5 – Sunday October 9th – Jets at Patriots – 4:15 CBS
Week 6 – Sunday October 16th – Cowboys at Patriots – 4:15 FOX
Week 7 – Bye Week
Week 8 – Sunday October 30th – Patriots at Steelers – 4:15 CBS
Week 9 – Sunday November 6th – Giants at Patriots – 4:15 FOX
Week 10 – Sunday November 13th – Patriots at Jets – 8:20 NBC
Week 11 – Monday November 21st – Chiefs at Patriots – 8:30 ESPN
Week 12 – Sunday November 27th – Patriots at Eagles – 4:15 CBS
Week 13 – Sunday December 4th – Colts at Patriots – 8:20 NBC
Week 14 – Sunday December 11th – Patriots at Redskins – 1:00 CBS
Week 15 – Sunday December 18th – Patriots at Broncos – 4:15 CBS
Week 16 – Sunday December 24th – Dolphins at Patriots – 1:00 CBS
Week 17 – Sunday January 1st – Bills at Patriots – 1:00 CBS
- New England begins the year with two road games in warm weather climates (September 12th at Miami on Monday Night Football and October 2nd at Oakland.) Historically, the Patriots do not play well when they travel to warm climates in the early part of the year. With the potential for high amounts of humidity and temperatures, the fitness of this team will be tested.
- The Patriots will play 4 primetime games this year: 2 on Monday Night Football (at Miami, vs. KC) and 2 on Sunday Night Football (at NYJ, vs. IND).
- Also, they will play 8 of their 16 games at 4:15 eastern, so they will be in the national spotlight a lot this year and rightfully so.
- Take a look at the stretch of games after the bye: The first six opponents (at Steelers, vs. Giants, at Jets, vs. Chiefs, at Eagles, vs. Colts) were a combined 63-33 last season. The opponents
- New England will play in their last four games were a combined 21-63 last year (at Washington, at Denver, vs. Miami, vs. Buffalo). If the Pats do struggle early, they can build some momentum towards a playoff run with the weak December schedule.
Here are my top 5 games to look forward to, starting at number five: