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Old 12-24-2012, 07:42 AM
 
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Seems like they have a lot of 'free wins' on their schedule. (not counting the 6 free wins vs Buffalo, NYJ and Miami that they get gifted every year).

Since the NFL knows they're in a historically weak division (as of the last handful of years) and they have 6 free wins like clockwork every year and are almost a lock to win their division year in and year out, why would the NFL give them so many 'patsy' games in addition to the easy stuff they already have?

It seems to me like NYG is playing a top team every week while New England is playing a 'patsy' almost every week. Forgetting N.E.'s games vs Houston and SF, the rest of it has been pretty easy.
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Old 12-24-2012, 07:51 AM
 
Location: Englewood, Near Eastside Indy
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Only two games are determined based on your finish in the standings. The other 14 are based on the rotation the NFL set up. This year, the Patriots played the AFC South and NFC West based on that rotation. They played Ravens and Broncos based on finishing in first place last year.

The Pats played 6 playoff teams this year; Texans, Colts, Ravens, Broncos, 49ers, and Seahawks. They also played a Rams team that has been tough this year.

I don't know, doesn't sound that soft to me.
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Old 12-24-2012, 07:54 AM
 
Location: Fredericksburg/Virginia Beach, VA
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The NFL schedule is actually made through a very logical method. People who complain about the schedule do not seem to understand the way the NFL does it.

A team will play a total of 16 games. Of course, 6 of those games will be against their divisional rivals. Another 4 games will be the division slate. This year the AFC East played the AFC South, so all of the Patriots, Jets, Bills, and Dolphins played the Texans, Colts, Jaguars, and Titans. Then there are 4 games against their non-conference slate. This year the AFC East played the NFC West, so all of the Patriots, Jets, Bills, and Dolphins played the 49ers, Seahawks, Rams, and Cardinals. This brings the total games played to 14. The final two games are "first place, second place" games. For example, the Patriots won the AFC East last year, and played the AFC South this year. This means they played the winners of the AFC West and North from last year, which is why the Broncos and Ravens were on their schedule. The AFC East plays the AFC North next year, so the Patriots will play the first place teams from the AFC West and South next year as well.

I hope that makes sense and helps clarify the schedule.
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Old 12-24-2012, 08:20 AM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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Patriots have played the hardest schedule of anybody in the AFC and 7th hardest in the league. If you're looking for a cupcake schedule, I'd suggest you look at the Bengals or Falcons.

AFC Strength of Schedule

NFC Strength of Schedule
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Old 12-24-2012, 08:48 AM
 
Location: NJ
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As has been pointed out, this is some kind of random thing. Not to mention it doesn't even seem like that it was that easy of a schedule.
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Old 12-24-2012, 09:16 AM
 
Location: Seattle, Washington
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Patriots have played the hardest schedule of anybody in the AFC and 7th hardest in the league. If you're looking for a cupcake schedule, I'd suggest you look at the Bengals or Falcons.


NFC Strength of Schedule
Because the teams have total control over who is on their schedule and how good or bad their opponents are in a given year right?

If this was 2008 where every team in the NFC South was .500 or better we'd be talking about how Atlanta had one of the toughest schedules in a tough division.


@Kansas City
W40-24

vs
Denver
W27-21

@
San Diego
W27-3

vs
Carolina
W30-28

@
Washington
W24-17

vs
Oakland
W23-20


@
Philadelphia
W30-17

vs
Dallas
W19-13

@
New Orleans
L31-27

vs
Arizona
W23-19

@
Tampa Bay
W24-23

vs
New Orleans
W23-13

@
Carolina
L30-20

vs
New York
W34-0

@
Detroit
W31-18

vs Tampa Bay

Atlanta has no control over the fact that the AFC West, NFC East and their own NFC South are weak the season. That brings us to another question... which 4-5-6 seed is going to get a trip to Atlanta for the divisional round? We can pretty much bank on GB and SF getting the 2/3 seeds... that leaves who for the 4-6 seeds? Washington? Dallas? Minnesota? Seattle? Chicago?

One of those teams will come to Atlanta and lose and then we'll be talking about how Atlanta played a weak playoff opponent.


"We love the haters, man," said Falcons cornerback Asante Samuel , who had the first of two interceptions against Eli Manning . "The haters keep us going. So keep your hate coming. We love it. It makes us play with a chip on our shoulder."

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Old 12-24-2012, 09:56 AM
 
Location: Fishers, IN
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Seems like they have a lot of 'free wins' on their schedule. (not counting the 6 free wins vs Buffalo, NYJ and Miami that they get gifted every year).

Since the NFL knows they're in a historically weak division (as of the last handful of years) and they have 6 free wins like clockwork every year and are almost a lock to win their division year in and year out, why would the NFL give them so many 'patsy' games in addition to the easy stuff they already have?

It seems to me like NYG is playing a top team every week while New England is playing a 'patsy' almost every week. Forgetting N.E.'s games vs Houston and SF, the rest of it has been pretty easy.
Not sure how the schedule can be made much harder. If you win your division one year, you're guaranteed to play 4 of the 7 other division winners in the league the next year, including all 3 other division winners in your conference.
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Old 12-24-2012, 01:45 PM
 
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Seems like they have a lot of 'free wins' on their schedule. (not counting the 6 free wins vs Buffalo, NYJ and Miami that they get gifted every year).

Since the NFL knows they're in a historically weak division (as of the last handful of years) and they have 6 free wins like clockwork every year and are almost a lock to win their division year in and year out, why would the NFL give them so many 'patsy' games in addition to the easy stuff they already have?

It seems to me like NYG is playing a top team every week while New England is playing a 'patsy' almost every week. Forgetting N.E.'s games vs Houston and SF, the rest of it has been pretty easy.
The AFC East is better than the AFC West this year. If you're going to pick a team that has been fortunate to play in a weak division, Denver has had it easier than New England has.

The Patriots, and every NFL team for that matter, don't pick their schedule. Some years a team will have an easy run, some years not so much. The Patriots have finished first in the AFC East almost every year over the last decade, which means they always play the winners from the other 2 AFC divisions every year, in addition to the 4 teams from the 3rd AFC division.

They hosted Denver, Houston and San Francisco and played at Baltimore and Seattle. Those are all top tier teams. I would hardly call the Pats schedule very weak.
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Old 12-24-2012, 09:22 PM
 
Location: NJ
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As has been pointed out, this is some kind of random thing. Not to mention it doesn't even seem like that it was that easy of a schedule.
I meant to say this "isn't" a random thing.
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Old 12-25-2012, 07:57 PM
 
Location: Born & Raised DC > Carolinas > Seattle > Denver
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While New England does benefit by playing in a VERY WEAK afc east, they pretty much play a 1st place schedule every year, and they definitely don't have it easy. I think the Pats strength of schedule this year was in the top 10
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