The NFL and New England Patriots have released the schedule for all of the upcoming 2008 games. After starting last season off 18-0 before falling in the Super Bowl to the New York Giants, the Patriots look to continue to work towards the organizations 4th Super Bowl title.
Season schedule and preview listed below! Home games are in Bold.
Sun, Sept. 7 Kansas City Chiefs Gillette Stadium 1:00pm – The Patriots did not face the Chiefs last season but welcome them to Gillette for the 2008 home opener. A weak D-Line will allow the Pats to run them into the ground for their first win of the year.
Sun, Sept. 14 @ New York Jets Giants Stadium 4:15pm – After beating the Jets twice last season, the Pats look to keep the hurt on with no love lost between Bill Belichick and Eric Mangini of the Jets. The Pats will leave their cameras at home for this one.
Sun, Sept. 21 Miami Dolphins Gillette Stadium 1:00pm – The Dolphins again will be the worst team in the division and the Pats will roll to another early season victory.
Sun, Sept. 28 – BYE WEEK – And on the 4th week, they rested.
Sun, Oct. 5 @ San Francisco 49ers Monster Park 4:15pm – Under Bill Belichick, the Patriots have never lost a game after the buy week, sorry SF.
Sun, Oct. 12 @ San Diego Chargers Qualcomm Stadium 8:15pm – The first real test of the Pats season. They must control LT and the run and not let Philip Rivers have his way in the pocket, pressure will lead to turnovers and a Pats win.
Mon, Oct. 20 Denver Broncos Gillette Stadium 8:30pm – The two teams did not meet last year but will be in the spotlight for Monday Night Football. Hopefully Tom Brady has not forgotten the 2005 playoff loss to the Broncos in Denver and takes it to them in front of the home crowd.
Sun, Oct. 26 St. Louis Rams Gillette Stadium 1:00pm – The 2001 Super Bowl re-match does not have the same flare as it had years ago. The Pats are still in their dynasty years, the Rams continue to struggle and this one won’t be close.
Sun, Nov. 2 @ Indianapolis Colts Lucas Oil Stadium 8:15pm – This game should be circled on every football fans calendar. It’s the battle of the big guns in the AFC, and a potential preview of the AFC Championship game.
Sun, Nov. 9 Buffalo Bills Gillette Stadium 1:00pm – Buffalo will put a good team on the field this year but the experience of the Patriots will prevail over the Bills youth and lack of depth.
Thu, Nov. 13 New York Jets Gillette Stadium 8:15pm – Round two, Jets vs. Pats this time in enemy territory. The environment will be hostile… for the first 5 minutes until New England marches down and scores easily to quiet the crowd en route to another blowout.
Sun, Nov. 23 @ Miami Dolphins Dolphin Stadium 1:00pm – The Pats have had trouble in recent years with their trip down to Miami but shouldn’t let the sun get to them this time around.
Sun, Nov. 30 Pittsburgh Steelers Gillette Stadium 4:15pm – Big Ben inked a new deal but it wont be enough to lift the Steelers on the road vs. the mighty Pats. Look for Brady to attack their secondary with long shots down the field early on to establish the run for later in the game.
Sun, Dec. 7 @ Seattle Seahawks Qwest Field 8:15pm – Pats travel across the country for this match up in Seattle. The Seahawks will compete with the Pats as long as they limit their turnovers, which was a problem at times for them last year.
Sun, Dec. 14 @ Oakland Raiders McAfee Coliseum 4:15pm – Randy Moss will get to say hello to his former team and crowd when he returns to Oakland for the first time since he was traded to New England last off season. Moss and the rest of the Pats receivers will have a field day with this defensive lineup.
Sun, Dec. 21 Arizona Cardinals Gillette Stadium 1:00pm – The Pats are happy to welcome the Cardinals to Gillette, as long as they don’t have to play in Arizona and bring up memories of the Super Bowl upset.
Sun, Dec. 28 @ Buffalo Bills Ralph Wilson Stadium 1:00pm – The regular season wraps up with a game on the road vs. the Bills. The Pats will already have their playoff spot locked in, this game will be more about the Bills trying to get in and if the Pats will be playing their starters or resting them up for the playoffs.
It looks to be another exciting year, and with this schedule the Patriots have another shot to go undefeated during the regular season barring any serious injuries or changes to the team along the way.
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