The New England Patriots 2014 schedule is hardly a killer. There are some games though, that could prove to be challenging. The good news is that Tom Brady may actually have a healthy array of weapons at his disposal and the Patriots defense could arguably be their best since their last Super Bowl appearance.
Here’s a look the Patriots schedule.
New England should get off to a fast start. The season opens with the Miami Dolphins and things aren’t looking too great down there. Miami may be better but they won’t be good enough. Week 2 brings the Minnesota Vikings to Gillette Stadium and since the Vikings are sans a proven quarterback, advantage Patriots. Next up, the Oakland Raiders, who won’t get it done. Week 4 is a road game against the Kansas City Chiefs. While I expect the Chiefs to be competitive overall, they aren’t yet in the Patriots class. The Patriots are 4-o heading into their first real contest against Cincinnati.
In Week 5 a vastly improved Cincinnati Bengals will be trying to make their mark. New England is at home, a big advantage. I think it will be close but the Bengals fall short. Week 6 give the Patriots a win in Buffalo. Sorry, not buying into the whole Buffalo revival just yet and New England is 6-0. They move to 7-0 when the play the Jets on Thursday night football.
In Week 8, the Patriots finally fall in a game that showcases the disparity between the AFC and NFC. The Chicago Bears bring in a versatile offense with a strong running game and keep Brady off the field. Sorry, but Week 8 brings the Patriots second straight loss against Denver. Thus begins a brutal stretch for the New England Patriots.
Over the next four weeks the Patriots must take on, in order, the Colts, Lions, Packers, and Chargers. Three of those come on the road, with Detroit coming coming to Gillette Stadium. I’m seeing a 2-2 stretch here but I won’t predict individual games. The Patriots are now 9-4
A sweep of the Dolphins, Jets, and Bills allows the New England Patriots to capture the AFC East and the #2 seed in the playoffs at 12-4. Think I’m wrong? Post your thoughts below.
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[table] NFC EAST,AFC EAST, Philadelphia Eagles, New England Patriots New York Giants, Miami Dolphins Washington Redskins, Buffalo Bills Dallas Cowboys, New York Jets NFC NORTH, AFC NORTH Green Bay Packers, Cincinnati Bengals Chicago Bears, Baltimore Ravens Detroit Lions, Cleveland Browns Minnesota Vikings, Pittsburgh Steelers AFC SOUTH, NFC SOUTH Indianapolis Colts, Atlanta Falcons Houston Texans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tennessee Titans, Carolina Panthers Jacksonville Jaguars, New Orleans Saints AFC WEST,NFC WEST Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks San Diego Chargers, San Francisco 49ers Kansas City Chiefs, Arizona Cardinals Oakland Raiders, St. Louis Rams [/table]