The Patriots will play five games in prime-time television slots. They will also face the NFC South division—four teams that can all provide solid competition.
This will be an important season for the Patriots as they look to answer the question of how they can overcome the losses of Aaron Hernandez, Wes Welker, Brandon Lloyd and Danny Woodhead, along with dealing with an ailing Rob Gronkowski.
If any team can pull it off, it's the one led by Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. Here, we will take a look at the five most important games for the team this year. Winning all five of these games should put the Patriots back up near the top of the AFC.