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Power Ranking the Patriots' 2013 Schedule from Easiest to Hardest Games

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Power Ranking the Patriots' 2013 Schedule from Easiest to Hardest Games
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It's time to play the prophet and prognosticate about next season.

After a 2012 season in which the New England Patriots enjoyed the easiest strength of schedule of any NFL team, the Pats' upcoming slate looks a little more difficult.

Of course, New England's schedule last year proved to be a lot less of a cakewalk than expected with the emergence of the NFC West, which accounted for three of the Patriots' four losses. 

This year, the Pats will have five primetime matchups, including a Sunday Night Football rematch of last season's AFC championship against the Ravens in Week 16.  Their strength of schedule is tied for 11th in the NFL, or just above average in terms of difficulty.  

Let's break down that schedule game by game, ranking them from easiest to hardest.

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