Well..this year's schedule looks interesting. This is one of the more difficult schedules that the Patriots have seen, and there is the opportunity for amazing games to be played throughout the season.
Some notes about the schedule:
.531: Combined winning percentage of teams on their 2010-2011 schedule
0: Back to Back Home Games
1: Home game vs the Colts
2: MNF and SNF games, @ Miami and the Jets on MNF, @ Pittsburgh and Green Bay on SNF
3: Trips outside of the Eastern Time Zone this season
4: Games against Pro Bowl Quarterbacks (if Favre returns)
6: Strength of Schedule ranking for this season
7: Games against of 2009-2010 playoff teams
Patriots Regular Season Schedule (All times Eastern)
Week 1: Sunday, Sep. 12, Cincinnati, 1:00 PM
Week 2: Sunday, Sep. 19, at NY Jets, 4:15 PM
Week 3: Sunday, Sep. 26, Buffalo, 1:00 PM
Week 4: Monday, Oct. 4, at Miami, 8:30 PM
Week 5: BYE
Week 6: Sunday, Oct. 17, Baltimore, 1:00 PM
Week 7: Sunday, Oct. 24, at San Diego, 4:15 PM
Week 8: Sunday, Oct. 31, Minnesota, 4:15 PM
Week 9: Sunday, Nov. 7, at Cleveland, 1:00 PM
Week 10: Sunday, Nov. 14, at Pittsburgh, 8:20 PM
Week 11: Sunday, Nov. 21, Indianapolis, 4:15 PM
Week 12: Thursday, Nov. 25, at Detroit, 12:30 PM
Week 13: Monday, Dec. 6, NY Jets, 8:30 PM
Week 14: Sunday, Dec. 12, at Chicago, 1:00 PM
Week 15: Sunday, Dec. 19, Green Bay, 8:20 PM
Week 16: Sunday, Dec. 26, at Buffalo, 1:00 PM
Week 17: Sunday, Jan. 2, Miami, 1:00 PM
Even with this schedule I still feel that at worst, the Patriots will win ten games. Yes, they face tough match-ups with the restocked Dolphins and Jets, who added play-makers to their rosters in the last couple weeks.
They will have their work cut out for them with the seven playoff teams and tough road games against San Diego, Pittsburgh, and Chicago. The rebuilding Lions will be tougher this year than they have in the past. They cannot afford to overlook any game this season.
Anytime a team is led by Belichick and Brady and sprinkle in the likes of Moss, Mayo, and Wilfork, this team will play where it needs to play to ensure they reach their goal of making a deep postseason push.