New England Patriots: The 5 Toughest Games on Their Schedule This Season

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New England Patriots: The 5 Toughest Games on Their Schedule This Season
Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE
The Buffalo Bills are creeping up in the Pats' rearview mirror with a flurry of big moves this offseason.

By conventional wisdom, the sky is the limit for the 2012 New England Patriots.

Coming off a season in which they went 13-3 and came excruciatingly close to a Super Bowl title, the Patriots filled most of their team weaknesses in an offseason that saw them acquire star WR Brandon Lloyd and add several players to improve their No. 31-ranked defense. 

Nevertheless, there are several other powerhouses in the conference and across the league that pose a threat to the Patriots. Many of these teams can either slow QB Tom Brady and the Pats' offense down or match their high scoring step-for-step.  

Let's take a look at five such teams, all of which the Patriots will be facing in the 2012 regular season.

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