Expectations are clearly high for the Patriots this coming season. They have their franchise quarterback, Tom Brady, back to 100 percent health and ready for a full season. The defense is younger and improved in several areas. Plus, they provided Brady with a few more potent weapons.
Needless to say, it's going to be tough for any opponent against New England this season. However, there's a reason that any team can win on any given day.
What follows are each of the games the Patriots play this season, as well as what matchup will be the key to the game.
Obviously these are subject to change as almost every team in the NFL is forced to deal with injury issues from week to week, not to mention the fact that some players will have breakout years, while others will take a step or two back.