2022 Patriots opponents

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According to ESPN, here are the Patriots Opponents in 2022:

Home: Ravens, Bengals, Colts, Bears, Lions, Bills, Dolphins and Jets (8)
Away: Browns, Steelers, Raiders, Packers, Vikings, Cardinals, Bills, Dolphins and Jets (9)
 

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There are tough games each year, but that's about as palatable a list of opponents that we could ever hope for.

Dolphins (x2) will have a new HC, GB might be without Rodgers, Steelers will have a new QB. Bears, Browns, Vikings, Lions, and of course the Jets (x2) are likely to be poor-to-mediocre. I count only 7 games against current playoff teams, and two of them are against the AFC's two lowest seeds. Never count your chickens and teams can improve significantly in a year's time, but I like that slate.
 
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Playing Baltimore and Cincinnati at home is definitely a plus. Pittsburgh won’t have a QB unless they trade for one. The Browns are the Browns. The Cardinals road game will be tough.
 

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Wow. Great road schedule from a fan standpoint. Lambeau and Vegas ? ROAD TRIP
 

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I've been to Lambeau and it was great. I'm not sure if I want to go to Vegas... if it's anything like Oakland was, hard pass, but I could see myself going to Zona to play some golf.
 

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I was looking at the 2022 schedule during the Chargers-Raiders game last night and found myself cheering for Vegas to win to set up the better weekend trip next season.
 

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My son begins school at the University of Arizona in September. I told him "When we play there in 2024 I am flying in"

That suddenly became a much sooner trip.
 

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I've been to Lambeau and it was great. I'm not sure if I want to go to Vegas... if it's anything like Oakland was, hard pass, but I could see myself going to Zona to play some golf.
I dunno. I get if maybe you’re just not a Vegas person at this point, but being there this past fall and walking over to the Vegas Knights hockey game from the strip was awesome. Just insane atmosphere and so easy to get to. I know the football stadium is across the street from the strip and all, but I would imagine starting your day at like 7am in the sportsbooks, having a buffet breakfast, and then walking/ubering (not sure on distance) over to watch your team play down the road would be a pretty unique experience.
 

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Oh, I like Vegas in 48-72 hour stints just fine. I just made the mistake of wearing a Teddy Johnson jersey to this game and that is not a mistake I prefer to repeat. Barely got out of there alive. I *kind of* assume the Vegas crowds are a bit more tame?
 

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I dunno. I get if maybe you’re just not a Vegas person at this point, but being there this past fall and walking over to the Vegas Knights hockey game from the strip was awesome. Just insane atmosphere and so easy to get to. I know the football stadium is across the street from the strip and all, but I would imagine starting your day at like 7am in the sportsbooks, having a buffet breakfast, and then walking/ubering (not sure on distance) over to watch your team play down the road would be a pretty unique experience.
If the same people who attended Raider games in LA and Oakland are going to be there...hard pass.
 

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According to ESPN, here are the Patriots Opponents in 2022:

Home: Ravens, Bengals, Colts, Bears, Lions, Bills, Dolphins and Jets (8)
Away: Browns, Steelers, Raiders, Packers, Vikings, Cardinals, Bills, Dolphins and Jets (9)
I could see one of the Bills games, Packers, Cardinals, Colts, and Bengals as possible primetime or national doubleheader games. Also one of the home games could be in Germany.
 

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I could see one of the Bills games, Packers, Cardinals, Colts, and Bengals as possible primetime or national doubleheader games. Also one of the home games could be in Germany.
Don't you think it more likely they play a game in Germany during a year where they get 9 home games, so 2023?
 

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Lets pretend we split with Buffalo and Miami and sweep the Jets (4-2). Looking at the rest of the schedule:

Vs Ravens: Tossup
Vs Bengals: Tossup
Vs Colts: Tossup
Vs Bears: WIN
Vs Lions: WIN
@ Browns: Tossup
@ Steelers: WIN
@ Raiders: Tossup
@ Packers: large underdog (if Rodgers is a Packer)
@ Vikings: WIN
@ Cardinals: large underdog

So, we're roughly looking at 8-4 with 5 tossup games.

If the team plays as they did this year, 1-4 or 2-3 in these games is likely, and we're looking at a similar outcome as this season (just getting in or just missing out).

If theres marginal growth and the team has learned to stop stepping on their own dicks, 3-2 is likely and we're sitting at 11 wins, with a chance at winning the division.

If theres a big leap - Mac makes a large sophomore leap, defense stays top 8, Jonnu plays better, stability at WR - then 4-1 is reasonable. We'd be sitting at 12+ wins (if they take this big of a leap, they wouldn't be underdogs to Packers or Arizona), and we'd be fighting for the 1 seed.

I think a reasonable scenario is 2-3 or 3-2. So, my super early professional projections is 10.5 wins.
 

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Super-early is right! Counterpoint: The Pats defense has a lot of question marks going into next season. Hightower, DMac, Collins, and JC Jackson to name a few.
 

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Super-early is right! Counterpoint: The Pats defense has a lot of question marks going into next season. Hightower, DMac, Collins, and JC Jackson to name a few.
Whats the point of message boarding if I cant jump to irrationally quick conclusions?

They wont let Jackson walk. As long as they bring him back, if the defense takes a marginal step back (say, league average) as long as Mac improves a predictable amount, the outome will probably be an equal amount of wins/losses.

If Jackson goes elsewhere, the defense could really tumble, and that would greatly change my opinion of the roster.
 

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If the same people who attended Raider games in LA and Oakland are going to be there...hard pass.
I went to a Chargers/Raiders game in San Diego in the 90s and didn't get out fast enough. I left the stadium in the 3rd when the fights started but didn't make it out of the parking lot: ambulance ride and 60+ stitches to show for it. Plus the ambulance driver took my watch.

No thanks.
 

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I might have to start looking into tickets for the Vegas game.
Wow. Great road schedule from a fan standpoint. Lambeau and Vegas ? ROAD TRIP
I was looking at the 2022 schedule during the Chargers-Raiders game last night and found myself cheering for Vegas to win to set up the better weekend trip next season.
Oh, I like Vegas in 48-72 hour stints just fine. I just made the mistake of wearing a Teddy Johnson jersey to this game and that is not a mistake I prefer to repeat. Barely got out of there alive. I *kind of* assume the Vegas crowds are a bit more tame?
I've never seen the Pats live before, but @ Vegas seems like a good chance to change that. If there's a SoSH Bash, I'm in.

Edit: Apparently "at Vegas" is a lurker. Who knew?
 
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I'll be stunned if the crowd in Vegas isn't at least one-third Pats fans, if not more. My tentative plan is to go, should be a blast.
 

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Teams have agreements to play home games over there(I think Jags and Dolphins but not exactly sure) so yeah those teams would have less than the 8 home games.
That makes sense. Both of those teams had 9 home games this year. And I know about the Pats/Germany relationship. It will be interesting to see if 8 home game teams lose one to overseas
 

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I'll be stunned if the crowd in Vegas isn't at least one-third Pats fans, if not more. My tentative plan is to go, should be a blast.
Sounds like a SoSH Bash should happen.
 

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One advantage of finishing second is Raiders/Colts/Cardinals instead of Chiefs/Titans/Rams. Not that the first group is tomato cans, but on balance it's a little less difficult.
 

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Lets pretend we split with Buffalo and Miami and sweep the Jets (4-2). Looking at the rest of the schedule:

Vs Ravens: Tossup
Vs Bengals: Tossup
Vs Colts: Tossup
Vs Bears: WIN
Vs Lions: WIN
@ Browns: Tossup
@ Steelers: WIN
@ Raiders: Tossup
@ Packers: large underdog (if Rodgers is a Packer)
@ Vikings: WIN
@ Cardinals: large underdog

So, we're roughly looking at 8-4 with 5 tossup games.

If the team plays as they did this year, 1-4 or 2-3 in these games is likely, and we're looking at a similar outcome as this season (just getting in or just missing out).

If theres marginal growth and the team has learned to stop stepping on their own dicks, 3-2 is likely and we're sitting at 11 wins, with a chance at winning the division.

If theres a big leap - Mac makes a large sophomore leap, defense stays top 8, Jonnu plays better, stability at WR - then 4-1 is reasonable. We'd be sitting at 12+ wins (if they take this big of a leap, they wouldn't be underdogs to Packers or Arizona), and we'd be fighting for the 1 seed.

I think a reasonable scenario is 2-3 or 3-2. So, my super early professional projections is 10.5 wins.
5-1 is very possable in the div Vs Balt i agree tossup Vs Ciny Loss Vs indy Win Vs Bears win unless they hire floes vs lions win @ Cle Win @ Pitt Win unlees it's a primetime game @ vegas Loss @ GB Tossup @ minn w @ zona tossup
best case 12-5
worst case 9-8
 

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Looks like an average-ish schedule. They get one easy divisional round-robin (NFC North, especially if Rodgers is gone) and one tough one (AFC North, especially if the Steelers upgrade the QB spot). The three positional games are about what you’d expect — one easy (Raiders), one tough (Cardinals), and one that’s about par for the course (Colts).