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New England Patriots 2006 Games

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									by: Sebastien Sports


The New England Patriots are going to have their most difficult season in recent memory. They
face the realistic possibility of finishing 8-8 or 9-7. While many expect them to fight for the AFC
East title, most are not giving it to them easily as in years past. The Miami Dolphins are expected
to challenge this season. The Patriots are opening up the season at home against division rival
Buffalo. Following is the games schedule for the New England Patriots.

Week One: Buffalo Bills
Week Two: @ New York Jets
Week Three: Denver Broncos
Week Four: @ Cincinnati Bengals
Week Five: Miami Dolphins
Week Six: Bye
Week Seven: @ Buffalo Bills
Week Eight: @ Minnesota Vikings
Week Nine: Indianapolis Colts
Week Ten: New York Jets
Week Eleven: @ Green Bay Packers
Week Twelve: Chicago Bears
Week Thirteen: Detroit Lions
Week Fourteen: @ Miami Dolphins
Week Fifteen: Houston Texans
Week Sixteen: @ Jacksonville Jaguars
Week Seventeen: @ Tennessee Titans

If the New England Patriots play well this season, they have 8 games that are relatively easy. The
Bills (twice), Jets (twice), Packers, Lions, Texans and Titans should pose little difficulty for a
good team. The Bills might present a little more of challenge as they will probably play the
Patriots well for at least one of the two games.

The hype is on the Dolphins. If they are half as good as people expect, they will give the Patriots
two difficult games. While the Dolphins beat the Patriots at the end of last season, the game was
meaningless. You could argue that the Patriots had a tougher schedule last season. This year the
schedule is slightly easier, but you have to take into account all the changes in the offseason.

The Patriots could end up 10-6 given the schedule, but it's likely that they will lose at least 1-2 of
the "easy" games to take away from any gains made in the harder contests. Will 8-8 or 9-7 be
enough to win the AFC East? It just might. Just about no one expects the Bills or Jets to contend
for much of anything. This leaves the AFC East up to a two team battle. The title may very well
be decided by who dominates the two game series between the Patriots and Dolphins. The first
game between these two is in week five at New England. The second game is in Miami in week
14.

This article was posted on September 21, 2006

								
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