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Taking a look far too soon at the Patriots’ opponents in 2022

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The 17-game schedule is here to stay, but the Patriots will have an extra game on the road this time around.

Mac Jones will face five playoff teams in his second season. PA

After losing to the Bills in the first round of the playoffs, the Patriots will not return to the field for a competitive game for nearly eight months. But it’s never too early to look ahead, especially if you like to take trips around the Patriots schedule.

Exact dates and times have yet to be released for next season, although the Patriots know who they will face and where. They will again play 17 games in 2022, and since the AFC teams played an extra game at home in 2021, they will instead play an extra game on the road in 2022. Thus, the Patriots will play nine times at the stadium Gillette and will hit the road for the remaining games (unless the NFL makes one of the Patriots’ games a neutral-site away game).

As part of their schedule rotation, the Patriots will play every team in the AFC North and NFC North. They will also face the teams that finished in second place from the AFC South (Colts) and AFC West (Raiders) in 2021. With the new game added, the Patriots will face the Cardinals and, of course, they will face the other three AFC East teams twice.

Here are some matches to watch.

Best game against an NFC opponent: @Packers. The last time the Patriots traveled to Lambeau Field, a classic game broke out between Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers. Brady is years away from New England, but Rodgers is still in Green Bay, for now. Rodgers led the Packers to the NFC’s No. 1 seed for a second straight year in 2021 and looks like the likely MVP winner. However, Rodgers expressed his desire to leave the Packers before the 2021 season, with him and Green Bay eventually renegotiating a contract that would allow Rodgers to part ways easily at the end of the season.

Even though Rodgers is out of Green Bay, the rest of the Patriots’ NFC roster isn’t too spectacular. They will travel to Arizona to face the Cardinals, who made the playoffs in 2021 but arguably looked as bad as the Patriots once there. Mac Jones will face another quarterback in his draft class when Justin Fields and the Bears come to Foxborough to face the Patriots. They will also play in Minnesota against the Vikings and at home against the Lions.

Best Road Game: @Raiders. The Patriots will make their first trip to Las Vegas in 2022 to face the Raiders. Besides being perhaps the most fun road trip to watch a Patriots game in 2022, Las Vegas looks set to be one of the best games on the New England schedule. The Raiders are fresh off their first playoff appearance in five years, but questions loom over the franchise. They let general manager Mike Mayock leave shortly after their playoff loss and interim head coach Rich Bisaccia isn’t a lock to stay either.

As the Raiders conduct interviews to find their next general manager and head coach, there’s a chance the Patriots will see some old faces on the Raiders sideline. Director of player personnel Dave Ziegler has been interviewed for the general manager job, while inside linebackers coach Jerod Mayo will be interviewed to be the Raiders’ next head coach. Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels has also been flagged as a candidate for the job in recent days.

Game with the most “fun” potential: against the Bengals. If you like offense, the Bengals have been one of the most fun teams to watch in the 2021 season.

Led by second-year quarterback Joe Burrow, the Bengals ranked seventh in points per game (27.1) during the regular season with Burrow throwing for 4,611 yards and 34 touchdowns. A big reason for Burrow’s surge was the addition of rookie receiver Ja’Marr Chase, who caught 81 passes for 1,455 yards and 13 touchdowns. The former college teammates have already established themselves as one of the best quarterback-receiver duos in the league, and this air raid might be too much for the Patriots to stop.

With either Chase or Jones likely this season’s Offensive Rookie of the Year winner, the 2022 game could be a fun game of revenge for the player who doesn’t win the award.

A pair of games against old rivals to look forward to: against the Colts and against the Ravens. Speaking of revenge, the Patriots will get their chance at revenge against the Colts in 2022. The Week 15 loss to the Colts was Indianapolis’ first win over New England in 12 years. It also started the Patriots’ 2021 season downturn.

In that game, the Colts took a 20-0 lead. The Patriots fought back a bit, scoring 17 unanswered points to potentially set themselves up for a draw or a win. But Jonathan Taylor sealed the game on a 67-yard touchdown run, giving him 170 rushing yards on the day. The Colts looked like they could get into the playoffs at that point, but a late-season slump saw them miss out, leading to questions about the future of starting quarterback Carson Wentz.

The Ravens looked to be on track to make the playoffs again in 2021, holding the AFC’s No. 1 seed through Week 12. But they racked up season-ending injuries to multiple starters throughout the season, with Lamar Jackson’s injury being the finale. nail in the coffin as they have lost their last six games. Jackson, the 2019 NFL MVP winner, is 1-1 against the Patriots in his young career and if he’s back healthy in 2022, the Ravens should be one of the teams to beat in the league. ‘AFC.

Best match: @Bills and vs. Bills. The game, or rather the games, that will be circled for every Patriots fan is their matchups against the Bills. Buffalo suffered two decades of angst in its playoff win over New England, showing the Patriots whose boss is now in the AFC East.

The Bills should still be very good in 2022, especially as Josh Allen matures and enters his fifth season. If the Patriots can get Mac Jones to take a similar career leap to Allen, we could see an exciting QB divisional battle for years to come.

Here are all of the Patriots’ opponents for 2022:









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