Re: Patriots schedule
posted at 4/20/2010 8:39 PM EDT
Division rivals Jets, Buffalo and Miami all in the same three weeks is a bit rough. I guess Buffalo in the middle might be a little softer.
San Diego is a long haul out and back.
The Patriots are in a tough division. No Oaklands in the AFC East.
It’s best to play the three division rivals before anyone gets injured. New England’s number ones stack up well against anyone else’s number ones.
New England and Detroit both get 4 days to prepare for each other. As New England’s offense and defense are typically unusual, this isn’t that good for Detroit. Then New England gets 10 days to prep for their division rivals, the Jets. Excellent!
The bye week is nicely set up. Patriots get an extra 30 hours to face Miami at Miami, always a tough game due to Miami’s natural home field advantage (heat and humidity!) However, the game is at night, not in the heat of the sun. I don’t see any buckets-of-sweat game all the way down the schedule. I see a bunch of cool-weather Midwestern games, which are pretty fine.
Baltimore is tough. It’s best to face them right after the bye week, to lay in some plans beforehand, to heal up first.
Miami at home on January 2 is a gift. The fish have no cold games in most of November, then play one cool-weather game against the Jets December 12 which might or might not be particularly cold, then have two home games, then they hit their first extremely cold-fish game in January, maybe for all the marbles, maybe not. Throw snow chunks in the air on touchdowns!
Indy is at Foxboro. No more of Bill Polian’s canned noise.
And the final gift is, once again, the team isn’t scheduled to play the New England Patriots in the regular season.