Perennial AFC East champions, the Patriots play in prime time games as regularly as the Cleveland Browns fire their head coaches. With the 2016 opponents now finalised, the Pats will face the following. HOME AWAY Jets Jets Dolphins Dolphins Bills Bills Ravens 49ers Bengals Steelers Texans Cardinals Seahawks Browns Rams Broncos
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Cleveland jump out on the schedule every time. They do have a history of making life uncomfortable for Belichick & Co. but with no franchise quarterback and a new head coach in place, it’s hard to see that the Browns will beat New England. Add into that the possibility that Alex Mack, arguably the Browns’ best player, will no longer be in Cleveland then the Patriots’ front seven could have a field day whilst Brady, Gronk and Jules shred their poor defense.
The NFC West are going to be presenting nightmares for the AFC East next year, and Seattle and Arizona have been particularly good this season. The edge on the hardest game goes to Arizona, as the Seahawks are visiting Foxboro whereas the Patriots will be returning to Glendale for the first time since they beat Seattle in Superbowl 49. This could potentially be a Superbowl 50 rematch too, which would add some spice to the occasion.
The New York Jets are… they’re the Jets. Even though they missed the playoffs this year, TV audiences love a rivalry, so either Jets game will almost certainly be in prime time. And what games they are. Some of the best (and worst) games we have seen in recent years have been between these two teams. Who can forget Mark Sanchez’s butt fumble, or this year’s contest at the Meadowlands? Who can remember 2013’s drenched affair where Geno Smith went 15/35 for 214 with 0 TD and 3 INT? One of the original AFL rivalries, this is guaranteed, for better or worse, to be in the national spotlight.