Until further notice, the New England Patriots will be one of the top teams in the AFC. Year in and year out, Bill Belichick puts a top-notch team on the field, and the Pats always seem to be right in the thick of things come playoff time. 2013 will be a true test of how good the Pats really are, after losing two of their top receivers from last year’s squad. The replacement receivers are talented, but unproven to last an entire season.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at New England’s 2013 regular season schedule:
Week 1 -@ Buffalo Bills
Week 2 – New York Jets (TNF)
Week 3 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Week 4 – @Atlanta Falcons (SNF)
Week 5 – @ Cincinnati Bengals
Week 6 – New Orleans Saints
Week 7 – @ New York Jets
Week 8 – Miami Dolphins
Week 9 – Pittsburgh Steelers
Week 10 – BYE
Week 11 – @ Carolina Panthers (MNF)
Week 12 – Denver Broncos (SNF)
Week 13 – @ Houston Texans
Week 14 – Cleveland Browns
Week 15 – @ Miami Dolphins
Week 16 – @ Baltimore Ravens (SNF)
Week 17 – Buffalo Bills
After just a brief glance at this slate of games, there’s no reason to think the Patriots won’t win the AFC East yet again, in 2013. Through the first nine weeks of the season, New England only plays two playoff teams from 2012. They hit the bye week in a good spot, then will prepare for a bit tougher second half.
Weeks 11-17 will feature four tough road games, but none of them present an unwinnable contest. Still, the second part of the schedule is much tougher, and it should ultimately determine the seeding of the Patriots. That’s really the only question I have, how high will New England be seeded? Because there’s no way, they miss the playoffs.
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