New England Patriots: Most Important Matchups on NFL's Easiest Schedule

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New England Patriots: Most Important Matchups on NFL's Easiest Schedule

The New England Patriots 2012 schedule is technically the easiest in the NFL. Regardless of the success levels attained by their opponents last year, the Patriots still have a number of tough matchups this season. 

And as Mary Poaletti of CSNNE.com explains, it doesn't always matter. 

Fifteen out of 43 teams (35%) with the most difficult schedules made the playoffs and 18 of 44 teams (41%) with the easiest SOS went to the postseason. 

Here's a look at the top five most important matchups for New England in 2012.

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