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  1. shatch62

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    The Pats play eight games next year against first-year coaches. Out of the eight games at least 6 will be against first time head coaches. It’s possible that none of the teams with new coaches will post a winning record. I’m not saying these will easy wins but it is interesting and hopefully gives the Pats a leg up. Here is the opponents for next year:

    Home:
    Buffalo - New Coach
    Miami
    N.Y. Jets - First time Head Coach - Eric Mangini
    Houston - First time Head Coach (if it Kubiak as expected)
    Indianapolis
    Chicago
    Detroit - First time Head Coach - Rod Marinelli
    Denver

    Away:
    Buffalo - New Coach
    Miami
    N.Y. Jets - First time Head Coach - Eric Mangini
    Jacksonville
    Tennessee
    Green Bay - First time Head Coach - Rod Marinelli
    Minnesota - First time Head Coach - Brad Childress
    Cincinnati
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    I find the ratings on difficulty of oppenents, which is based on 2005's winning percentage, interesting, and somewhat flawed. For instance, Chicago was 5-11 last year, making them look like an easy game for everybody who played them, making their opponents schedule look easier (lowering the winning % of their overall schedule toughness), but look at what happened. Chicago goes 11-5. Same thing happened in 2004, Pittsburgh went 15-1, but the prior year they were 6-10, thus making teams strength of opponents look easier. Any of those easy games can turn out to be extremely difficult struggles. Also, the Jets were a professional kicker away from the AFCCG 2 years ago (2004 season), don't take them so lightly, they suffered almost as many injuries as us, and in some key areas (Their #1 & #2 QB's for pete's sake). It wouldn't shock me if the Jets go 8-8 and beat us once. Green Bay, Houston & Detroit look like easy wins, but ya never know. My prediction for the Pats though 12 or 13 wins. The schedule SEEMS way easier than this years.
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    Marinelli is coaching Detroit and Green Bay?? Poor guy is gonna be swamped ... might be the only HC to lose 20 games in a season ... :grin:

    McCarthy is the new guy in Green Bay ....
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    Oops - Thanks for the catch
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    Good observation! Miami, Jacksonville, Tenn., GB, and Minn., might be nice places to travel to as well.
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    Plus they'll be carrying a big chip on their collective shoulders. Plus some (Willie, Troy, Poole -- again) will be finishing their careers. Look out 1972 Miami Dolphins ;)
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    It's difficult to get to worried about any of those games.

    Some of the tougher ones :

    Denver - got them at home this time.
    Indy - at home plus they have lots of upcoming FA, it'll be interesting what they return as.
    Cincy - could be a tough one on the road, hopefully this is early with Palmer rusty from rehabbing.

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