All times in EST
Sunday, 7 Sep - Chiefs at Patriots (CBS, 1 p.m.)
Sunday, 14 Sep - Patriots at Jets (CBS, 4:15 p.m.)
Sunday, 21 Sep - Dolphins at Patriots (CBS, 1 p.m.)
Sunday, 28 Sep -- BYE
Sunday, 5 Oct - Patriots at 49ers (CBS, 4:15 p.m.)
Sunday, 12 Oct - Patriots at Chargers (NBC, 8:15 p.m.)
Monday, 20 Oct - Broncos at Patriots (ESPN, 8:30 p.m.)
Sunday, 26 Oct - Rams at Patriots (Fox, 1 p.m.)
Sunday, 2 Nov - Patriots at Colts (NBC, 8:15 p.m.)
Sunday, 9 Nov - Bills at Patriots (CBS, 1 p.m.)
Thursday, 13 Nov - Jets at Patriots (NFL Network, 8:15 p.m.)
Sunday, 23 Nov - Patriots at Dolphins (CBS, 1 p.m.
Sunday, 30 Nov - Steelers at Patriots (CBS, 4:15 p.m.
Sunday, 7 Dec - Patriots at Seahawks (NBC, 8:15 p.m.
Sunday, 14 Dec - Patriots at Raiders (CBS, 4:15 p.m.
Sunday, 21 Dec - Cardinals at Patriots (Fox, 1 p.m.
Sunday, 28 Dec - Patriots at Bills (CBS, 1 p.m.
* subject to flexible schedule
Some 2 cent analysis:
Bye week in the 4th week kind of sucks, I prefer it later in the year, and i am sure the players like the break in the middle rather than at the start. On the other hand, it allows them to make defensive adjustments early on with some of the new secondary players.
October 5th and 12th, and December 7th and 14th are on the west coast, will the team just decide to stay somewhere on the west coast in between those weeks? I would think it would be best to do something similar to that. At least the league grouped the trips for us, and gave us the first one after our bye It would have sucked to bounce back and forth through time zones.
5 prime time games this year, as expected we get most of the national games. The players stated last year how they hated having so many night games. The one to watch for is the Seahawks game on December 7th. Starting a west coast road trip off with a night game could be rough, unless they head out early to get adjusted to the time.
Potential big games:
12 Oct - Patriots at Chargers
2 Nov - Patriots at Colts (standard)
30 Nov - Steelers at Patriots
7 Dec - Patriots at Seahawks
Of course any game can prove to be a big game, but with how things played out last year, these are the ones I am most looking forward to.