New England Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - SEPTEMBER 13: Cam Newton #1 of the New England Patriots talks with head coach Bill Belichick before the game against the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium on September 13, 2020 in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

With Wednesday’s NFL schedule release, we now know the roadmap for the 2021 Patriots’ season. While the opponents have been known for a few months now, the order in which they fall can have an impact.

It’s hard to call this year’s schedule ‘easy’ or ‘hard’ overall. There’s elements that are certainly lighter, but pockets that will be more challenging as well. Perhaps the most jarring element is the bye week, so lets start there…

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