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Patriots’ 2010 Schedule Released

With the draft less than 48 hours away, we now know the order of the Pats’ opponents for the 2010 season. The schedule is the sixth-hardest in the league, with all five other AFC playoff teams slated to oppose Tom Brady, Vince Wilfork and company.

The season kicks off September 12 with a home game against the AFC North champion Bengals. After that, a stretch of all three divisional opponents lasts from Weeks 2-4. The Jets, Bills, and Dolphins will all look to make a statement against the defending AFC East champs. After the bye week, the Pats get a chance at revenge against the Baltimore Ravens, who recently handed New England their first home playoff loss in 31 years. The Chargers and Vikings, teams that both secured division championships and playoff byes with their high-octane offenses, come next.

The Pats then take the road to start November against the Browns and Steelers. The Pats then come home to face Peyton Manning’s Colts for the eighth straight year. Win or lose, only three days separate that game from a sojourn to Detroit to play the Lions on Thanksgiving break.

On the next Monday night, the Jets come to Foxboro in December for a rematch followed by games against the Bears in Chicago and the Packers at Gillette. The season ends with a stretch against the Bills and Dolphins. The Pats are 35-7 in December under Bill Belichick.

The schedule is undeniably difficult, with the Patriots needing to improve upon their 4-2 divisional record from last year as well as forget their awful 2-6 road mark if they want to return to the playoffs. The Patriots with Tom Brady at QB have not lost a home game in the regular season since November of 2006, but that streak may be coming to an end with the Vikings, Colts, and Packers coming to the Razor in 2010.

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