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New England Patriots Links 4/21/10 - Patriots Open Up 2010 Season At Home Against Bengals

<em>Newest Patriot WR Torry Holt</em>
Newest Patriot WR Torry Holt

Shalise Manza Young catches up with DL Myron Pryor who is relieved to have survived his rookie year.  The sixth-round draft pick played in 13 games, mostly backing up Vince Wilfork.

"It was like everybody said it would be: it was real hard. It was real tough," Pryor said. "Coaches are real hard on you. You have to withstand the don't want to break. There's a lot of pressure, but once you get through it, it's a big relief. Everything just begins to get a little easier."

As for what he's been working on, Pryor said he's focused on "reading my keys much faster. Obviously learning the defense is very hard, so learning what your responsibility is and responding to the play, that's something I want to get better at. And I think working on my double-teams, because that's hard."

Mark Farinella analyzes the Patriots 2010 schedule, noting they will play five nationally-televised games.

Six of the Patriots eight home games in 2010 will be against teams that made the playoffs in 2009, including a matchup against the defending AFC Champion Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, Nov. 21. New England will be home against the Colts after traveling to Indianapolis in each of the last four seasons. The Patriots will be facing the Colts for the eighth straight year and for the first time in Foxborough since 2006. The home schedule also includes a Monday Night Football game against the New York Jets on Dec. 6.

The Patriots’ 2010 opponents had an aggregate record of 136-120 (.531) in 2009, which is the sixth most difficult schedule in 2010. Nine of the Patriots’ 16 games will be against teams that finished with a winning record in 2009. New England will play five games against opponents that won 10 or more games in 2009. The Patriots will also play all of the teams from the AFC Playoff field last season and two of the six NFC playoff teams, with home games against Green Bay and Minnesota.