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  1. Pats_AZ

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    I've always wondered this. Apart from the obvious games against division teams, how do they figure out the rest? :confused:

    jay
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    Here's the cycle of opponents, 2002-2009:

    http://www.patriots.com/search/index.cfm?ac=searchdetail&pid=2862&pcid=43

    As NEM said...

    Say the Pats are AFCE. Div. Team #1:

    Game 1) - vs. DT2
    Game 2) - @ DT2
    Game 3) - vs. DT3
    Game 4) - @ DT3
    Game 5) - vs. DT4
    Game 6) - @ DT4

    The AFC division the AFCE plays rotates every year. In 2002 it was the AFCW, in 2003 the AFCS, in 2004 the AFCN, and in 2005 the AFCW again, so.

    To figure out home/away for those games, it's also on a rotating schedule. Since the Pats played the Jaguars at home in 2003, then they'll play them away in 2006:

    Game 7) vs. AFCX1
    Game 8) vs. AFCX2
    Game 9) @ AFCX3
    Game 10) @ AFCX4

    There's also a rotating schedule for which NFC division the AFCE will play. Since the Pats played the NFCN in 2002, they'll play them again in 2006. The same home/away rule applies:

    Game 11) vs. NFCX1
    Game 12) vs. NFCX2
    Game 13) @ NFCX3
    Game 14) @ NFCX4

    Finally, the last two games are decided by your team's division finish in the previous year. Since the Pats finished first in 2005, then they'll play the 1st place teams from the AFCW and AFCS, and they already play the 1st place team from the AFCS. This rotates on a more complicated home/away schedule as well. But:

    Game 15) vs. AFCX1
    Game 16) @ AFCX 1 (Different opponent)

    ...

    If you connect the dots, here's how the 2006 Pats schedule shook out:

    Game 1) vs. Buf
    Game 2) @ Buf
    Game 3) vs. Mia
    Game 4) @ Mia
    Game 5) vs. NYJ
    Game 6) @ NYJ

    Game 7) vs. Ind (played at Indy in 2003)
    Game 8) vs. Hou (played at Houston in 2003)
    Game 9) @ Jax (played at home in 2003)
    Game 10) @ Ten (played at home in 2003)

    Game 11) vs. Chicago (played at Chicago in 2002)
    Game 12) vs. Detroit (played at Detroit in 2002)
    Game 13) @ Minnesota (played at home in 2002)
    Game 14) @ Green Bay (played at home in 2002)

    Game 15) vs. Denver (played @AFCW1 in 2004 - KC)
    Game 16) @ Cincinnati (played at home vs. AFCN1 in 2003 - CLE)

    ...

    The actual order and times of the games is decided by the NFL.
    Last edited: Oct 11, 2006

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