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  1. long distance

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    1.
    Before the start of the season Pats were projected to have one the easiest schedule.

    Revisiting the schedule now turns out to be almost the opposite: Pats played 9 games against top 15 teams in the league.

    2.
    Most people now say this NE team is not likely to make significant playoff run.
    Patriots are #7 ranked team at the moment and could move up a place or two by the end of the season based on remaining schedule.

    Of the 6 teams ranked higher Pats played 3 and won in all 3 games (yes, this season).
    If all goes well in the last two home games (which should never be a given) this playoff run should hardly be an underdog story..

    3.
    Most teams played one of their best games of the season against Patriots - the standard everyone still wants to measure themselves against despite the “end of dynasty“ talk.

    The Patriots Bowl effect is real.

    It has been pointed out several times that all the teams that beat Patriots so far were beaten in their next games.

    The teams that lost Patriots Bowls didn't do much better: HOU, MIA, IND, BUF, NYJ, MIN all lost their next games with only KC, CHI, GB able to bounce back. The trend is likely to continue with PIT @NO next.

    I don't think you can find this pattern with any other team. And its not only this year.
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    Bottom line: Being the top dog everyone wants to bring down year after year, meeting opponent's A-games Sunday after Sunday is never easy, mentally or physically. Considering all of the above one could say NE always plays the hardest schedule. The good side of this is they should be better prepared for January and they usually are. A BYE would be nice to take another breather but even if its divisionals for the first time in a long time its gonna be Sunday (Saturday) as usual for the Patriots.
     
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    This is true. The pats are still capable of beating any team out there if they don’t make too many mistakes or have the refs toss 14 holding penalties
     
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    addendum


    Before the season one of the biggest Q was if slow Pats D can play against mobile QBs.
    All 3 games Pats won vs top 6 ranked teams were against mobile QBs so Id guess they did something right.

    If BAL remains #6 they should be well prepared..
     
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    I think the best way to judge each team's schedule is to look at the record of their opponents;

    AFC
    1 - Oak (108-86-2) 0.557
    2 - Jac (106-89-1) 0.544
    T3 - Cin (104-90-2) 0.536
    T3 - Den (104-90-2) 0.536
    5 - Cle (103-91-2) 0.531
    6 - Buf (100-94-2) 0.515
    7 - NE (99-94-3) 0.513
    8 - Ten (100-96) 0.510
    9 - NJ (97-97-2) 0.500
    10 - KC (96-98-2) 0.495
    11 - Bal (95-98-3) 0.492
    12 - Pit (94-100-2) 0.485
    T13 - Mia (93-101-2) 0.479
    T13 - LAC (93-101-2) 0.479
    15 - Hou (93-102-1) 0.477
    16 - Ind (92-104) 0.469

    NFC
    1 - TB (102-92-2) 0.526
    2 - LAR (100-94-2) 0.515
    3 - NYG (100-96) 0.510
    T4 - Phi (99-96-1) 0.508
    T4 - Atl (98-95-3) 0.508
    T6 - Dal (99-97) 0.505
    T6 - GB (98-96-2) 0.505
    T8 - Det (97-97-2) 0.500
    T8 - Ari (97-97-2) 0.500
    10 - Sea (94-100-2) 0.485
    11 - Min (95-99-2) 0.490
    T12 - NO (91-103-2) 0.469
    T12 - SaF (91-103-2) 0.469
    14 - Was (91-104-1) 0.467
    15 - Car (95-99-2) 0.490
    16 - Chi (84-109-3) 0.435
     
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    Revisiting, I only noticed that this team rob itself out of 12 wins with the miami debacle, absolutely no excuse.
     
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    We'll know more after the Bills game.
     
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    Good info, and I thank you for compiling it for us.

    That said, I don't dock the Patriots points when they win against an "easy" opponent, so I don't want to start excusing a subpar (by their standards) season due to facing more "difficult" ones.

    Was it Parcells who said, "You are what your record says you are."? An over-simplification for sure, but at the end of the day, it IS all that matters. And when the playoffs roll around, everyone will be 0-0, and all the schedule analysis in the world won't matter either way.
     
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    Add that Detroit Game losing to bad news Lions and Rookie HC like Patricia I never had that game as a loss. Add also losing to Rookie HC Mike Vrabel and the Titans we were embarrassed in both loses.
     
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    This is the year of the "Former Pats RB Revenge Tour"

    LaGarrette Blount with Detroit

    Dion Lewis with Tennessee

    Brandon Bolden with Miami

    Stevan Ridley with Pittsburgh
     
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