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  1. zippo59

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    Next year we play 7 out of the 11 other teams that were in the playoffs last year! Because we play the Jets twice that means that we play 8 games against teams that were in the playoffs the year before.

    Not only that, we also have to play teams that had a down year but always among the best in the league, like the Steelers and the Bengals. They both finished 8-8 but have good QB's as well as talented teams, so they are very capable of rebounding from last year.

    Another team I would not discount are the Bills. They have a QB who finally started to play like a first round pick at the end of last year, have added to their offensive line, and despite their losses they still have some good young players on defense. Plus it seems like their pass rush always gets to Brady. I wouldn't say I'm scared of the Bills but they are capable of making our lives harder.

    And then of course there are the Dolphins who are always tough for us and even though their offense has a lot of holes they have a good defense. Even when they ave terrible teams they often find ways to beat us, and it seems like most have come to expect a split with them each season.
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    We deserve to have a tough schedule, we're one of the best teams. Would you rather we had a schedule against all the losers?
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    What r u worried about???? Tony Kornhole has gone on the record saying we are gonna go undefeated!!!!
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    You're right, silly me. :singing:
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    I don't know how it could be much easier. We're in a tough AFC division and playing another tough AFC division -- but ALL the AFC divisions are tough.

    And of course we want to have a first-place schedule.

    As for the NFC division we play -- well, we'll see how tough that does or doesn't turn out to be.

    I don't know that the Chargers, Ravens, or Colts have a significantly easier schedule.
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    I like the way the schedule system works now. It is left all up to a set cycle. But this schedule is really tough. I think it will test us which of course is good, but that doesn't mean I can't be suprised by how difficult it worked out to be. But now a lesser team could end up getting a higher seed because thei schedule is easier which is often the difference in the playoffs. Regardless, my post was not as much a complaint as it was an observation.
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    The problem wont be our schedule, IMO, it will be the fact that we reloaded so much that everyone will be head hunting us
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    As much fun as it was this year to trounce the NFC North I'm looking forward to having big games nearly every week. Cleveland is the only game I think we have a better than 80% chance to win. I'd say Buffalo too but the AFC East games are always so close. Here's my breakdown of the games...

    A Games - Indy (time to take back the rivalry), Jets (they got their one victory against us last year, it will be another two before that happens again), San Diego (their "revenge" game which they will lose again, Rhillip Rivers - overrated, their D is good, ours is better), Cincinatica (hopefully it's late in the season and half their team is in the clink), Dallas (bubble for me between A/B, Homo doesn't scare me)

    B Games - NYG (probably should be a C, Eli Manning stinks), Pitt (rebuilding but always good games, for once Joey Porter's disappearance during the game will be because he's on another team), Miami (if they find a QB they might make it close, Ricky should pass the peace pipe to Joey, it may calm him down a bit), Balt (thanks for AD, D is another year older, we've handled McNair before, beating them is always fun since they think they are so good)

    C Games - Philly (been there, beaten that), Wash (show them what happens when you spend a lot smartly), Buffalo (only because they are AFC East, my heart tells me two blowouts)

    D Game - Cleveland (sorry Romeo, not quite yet)
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    The Bengals are always amongst the best in the league?

    The schedule is tough but if we wanna be the best we gotta beat the best. We'd still win the division cause divisions play another division which we'll have a better record in those common games than the Jets, Phins and Bills. Getting a bye is what this team needs and they will need to bring it every week to get that. Playing teams again a second time in a season (not including division games as those teams we are so familiar with each game is tough in its own) has usually meant good things for the Pats. So playing playoff teams in the regular season 1) only gears us up more for the playoffs and 2) gives us a book on what they do. This will help BB and the staff to pick them apart in the second game.
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    #50 Jersey

    Honestly, its too early to tell what is going to happen because so many things can happen. But here is my preliminary run down:

    JETS (x2): Well, the Jets acquired Thomas Jones and let go Barlow and Derrick Blaylock. The Jets also let go BJ Askew and have their starting RT up as a UFA as well. Leon Washington should be a good change-of-pace back for them opposite Washington and Houston looks to be a good compliment. However, then still have Noodle arm as their QB. This will, as always, be a tough divisional foe, but, at worst, the Pats will split.

    BILLS (x2): Look to be solidifying their O-line. They have some good receivers, though they are lacking a bonifide other than Anthony Thomas. Their defense has taken hits with the losses of Clements and Baker. Whitner and Simpson stepped up big for them last year. I see them as the surprise of the division. Again, I see, at worst, a split.

    DOLPHINS (x2): This is a team that needs to rebuild. And its going to take more than 4 years to do it. Why? Because they are missing so many pieces now and in that time, they will probably also lose Taylor and Thomas to retirement. Cam Cameron has been given a thankless job and really has an uphill battle. I think the Pats take both of these.

    COLTS (A): They lost Domenic Rhodes who was a huge part of their offense. They kept Freeney, but released Reagor. They haven't re-signed Cato June and they lost Nick Harper. There is rumors out there that they are planning to release Corey Simon as well. It remains to be seen whether the champs will be able to repeat. Too early to tell what will happen.

    CHARGERS (H): Had a full coaching change-over. This usually isn't a good thing even with the amount of continuity the coaches are claiming there will be. The coaches have different personalities and they have to get used to the players as much as the players have to get used to them. Turner doesn't have a great record as an HC.

    BENGALS (A): They have a very potant offense when they can field Rudi Johnson, Chad Johnson, T.J. Houshmandzedah, and Chris Henry. Unfortunately, Chris Henry is one of the "bad boys" of the NFL and of the Bengals specifically. The defense is the issue here. Deltha O'Neal came back to earth last season and was mediocre. They've lost a key player in Kevin Kaesviharn and another in Eric Steinbach. I expect some growing pains for them and their defense to be an issue again. Especially since word out is that Justin Smith didn't take kindly to being Franchised.

    STEELERS(H): Another team with a full coaching change-over. However, they have suffered some pretty key player losses. Jeff Hartings was an ALL-PRO center and his loss will be hard to cover. Big Ben never looked comfortable back in the pocket last year. Joey Porter is gone from their defense and with the Phins now. He was one of the leaders back there and it will be interesting to see how the players respond.

    BROWNS (H): Poor Romeo. The Browns big splash last year could be done for his career. The Browns have some talent on offense and defense, but not enough to challenge.

    RAVENS (A): The McNair to Mason magic was never re-kindled. The Ravens have added McGahee to replace Jamal Lewis. The Ravens took a huge hit to their versatile defense when they lost A.D to the Pats. However, they will be looking for Jarrett Johnson to replace him the way he replaced Ray Lewis last year when Lewis was out.

    EAGLES (H): McNabb was injured again. Though his legs aren't his lively-hood anymore, it was yet another knee injury and it remains to see how much of his athleticism he will regain. However, he's without his best receiver in Stallworth. However, Hank Baskett is no slouch and was really a steal for them. The defense has questions at LB and in the secondary. Michael Lewis is gone and there were complaints about Constadine's play as well.

    COWBOYS (A): The 2nd Era of Parcells and Bledsoe ended much more civilly than the 1st era did. The Tony Romo era has begun. There aren't many holes on this team, though there is some on the O-line. Depth at CB is also a concern.

    GIANTS (A): Tiki Barber is gone. Rueben Droughns is in. Eli Manning hasn't developed the way many would like. Plaxico Burress is proving to be Alvin Harper Redux. Great complimentary receiver. Lousy #1. The Giants have holes at LB that LaVar Arrington didn't fill. They let go Luke Petigout, arguably their best OT and they have a hole at RG. Will Demps and Sam Madison didn't solidify their secondary the way they'd hoped.

    REDSKINS (H): This team seems to be in perpetual turmoil and seems to have been that way since Snyder took over. However, they don't seem to be spending money this year so maybe they finally figured out something. Well, except for signing London Fletcher-Baker. They lost Derrick Dockery to the Bills. Adam Archuleta isn't the player he was and is a liability in passing situations. They wasted a 1st rounder 3 years ago to take Patrick Ramsey, then they wasted one last year on Jason Campbell. They have some very good offensive weapons in Cooley, Portis, Betts and Moss.

    All in all, I believe the Pats will be in every game and I believe they will win their Division. What the exact record will be and who they will win to and lose to, its way to early to tell.
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    I really want to beat the Redskins. Not that I have anything against them, it's just that they're the only team we haven't defeated in the BB/Pioli era.
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    #24 Jersey

    No-one "deserves" a tough schedule. Everyone deserves a perfectly even one. Of course that won't happen, and it's WAY too early to judge how hard ours is, but we don't deserve anything easier or harder than a .500 schedule just like everyone else.
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    Thats why we will have a sweet ass team after the draft. Then we can survive this schedule.
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    Nobody knows how tough the schedule is going to be in March. Too much can happen before and during the season. Let the other teams worry about that.The only thing I care about is that once the season starts the other teams on our schedule say " Damn we have the Patriots next:eek: "
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    #75 Jersey

    Our schedule will be brutal for the teams that we are playing.:rocker:
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    We were what 12-4 last year? We will be better this year so I think we will have a better record and go 16-3.
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    The AFC portion of the schedule is always fairly tough because, well, the AFC is tough. I fully expect to sweep the NFC East. 3-1 vs. the AFC North is doable; the Steelers, Ravens and Bungles all have obvious strengths, and exploitable weaknesses. 4-2 vs. the AFC East is realistic, as is 1-1 vs. the Chargers and dolts. Result: 12-4, with the all-important 1st-round bye.
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    I don't think you can realistically expect that 12-4 would get the first round bye unless this was the NFC.
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    Thats life in the AFC,you should be used to it by now.
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    But we're also playing three playoff teams from the NFC.

    I jus think that it's amazing how it can work out that we play so many playoff teams in one year.
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    #50 Jersey

    This will be no different than in 2003 when the Pats played 10 games against teams with 10 wins or more.
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    I remember the Patriots had a very hard schedule that year but they rose to the occasion. Hopefully they will do the same this year.
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    If I had to handicap it today, I'd say that 12 wins would be impressive. Let's wait til August, tho, when we know a little more...
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    I have to agree with all the posters that state, "it's too early to tell". Who knew the Steelers would suck so bad after winning the SB? It's impossible to tell how brutal a schedule really is until at least 3 or 4 weeks into the season.
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    Im sure someone else said this, but there is no easy schedule in the NFL anymore. Any given Sunday man.
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    So what? We're probably still going to go 14-2.
    Look at what the Colts went through last year. I think because they had to gut out a few tough wins during the regular season they were a lot more mentally tough than Colts teams of the past come playoff time. I think that helped em get over the hump.

    So if this Pats team can learn from the tough games this year I think that will make them all the more prepared come playoff time. Remember not all the guys on this team have a ring yet. They need to be battle tested and ready come January.
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    IMO, the schedule is the unspoken reason for BB/Pioli's splash in the FA market. Keeping it all together wasn't going to be good enough in '07. If it all pans out,(it's difficult to incorporate so many new faces in a complex system), we should do as least as well as last year. The consistency of the O-line and D-line will be our main strengths and the keys for play-makers in both backfields.
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    Don't worry yourself too much...

    First of all...

    4 teams have new head coaches (San Diego, Pittsburg, Dallas and Miami)

    Buffalo took a hit with the departure of Clements, McGahee and London Fletcher. Now I hear they might ship out Spikes as well.

    Dolphins have yet to decide what to do about the QB position. I don't see Ronnie Brown ever becoming a pro bowl back in this league. They trade McMichael and Welker. The defense can only do so much.

    Jets have an above average offense now with Jones at RB and Cotchery coming along last season. Big IF on the healthy of Pennington and whether it will allow him to play all 16 games. The defense doesn't scare me, only Mangini's game plan.

    NFC EAST is unpredictable. Washington has Brunell at QB, which is a liability. I wonder if Romo can repeat what little he did to earn a pro bowl spot last season and when TO will have another blow up. Philly is a good team. An addition here and there and they will be a contender. No problems with them. And the Giants? Lame duck coach. Lost Barber. Eli is even easier to beat than his brother.

    Baltimore has McNair, but this isn't the TEN McNair. This is the close to retirement McNair. McGahee is huge for the offense and so is that defense. Tough team and the Pats have to go on the road.

    Indy hasn't improved and the Pats have. Both games last year were close and I think they will again with different endings. Just an opinion.

    San Diego is a very talented team, but Norv is at the helm. AJ Smith is a hell of a GM and I expect the draft to work out good for them. Pats at home, this game will be close.

    I wonder how Pit will play under a new coach and without Porter on defense.

    Cincy players just need to stay out of trouble. Hope the Pats get a healthy Harrison or draft a safety to hold down Palmers arm.

    Cleveland is slowly coming along. Bad deal for Reuben Droughns. Pats should roll over them.
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    From this fan's stand point, 2003 was the best because of the schedule. Those Pat's played a brutal schedule and took on all comers. I was elated after wiining the Super Bowl and looking back and saying to myself,"How the hell did they do that?"

    Hopefully 07 will be the same with a couple of more wins than 03 lol
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    Who's the talented QB in PIT??

    Big Ben stinks!!!!!

    Now Casron is a very good QB.

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