The 2010 Patriots schedule is entering a tough period. However, the New England Patriots schedule 2010 looked a little bit more intimidating weeks ago. It was as tough as expected to beat the Ravens last week, but the slate afterward stood to look tougher. Meeting the Chargers and Vikings in the next two weeks seemed like a big challenge, and in a way, it still is. Yet the Patriots’ schedule seems more manageable this week, given the Chargers’ usual early-season slump.
Winning at San Diego is still a tough task, as the little success that the Chargers have had this season has come at home. But the Chargers couldn’t even beat the Raiders and Rams in consecutive weeks, so by that measure, 4-1 New England should have an easy time.
The Patriots schedule 2010 leaves them with a chance to tie the Jets for the best record in football today. With New York off, New England can get to 5-1 as well, and even things in the AFC East. Of course, since the Jets gave the Patriots their only loss, the Jets hold the tiebreaker for now.
If Tom Brady and company take care of business in San Diego, they will get extra momentum for their Halloween battle with the Vikings at home. Just like today’s game with the Chargers, their upcoming matchup with the Vikings appeared to be a more even game weeks ago.
Now, like the Chargers, the Vikings are struggling badly and are just trying to save their season. If both teams don’t turn things around right away, then the Patriots will leave New England at a solid 6-1. In this season of parity and mediocrity, a 6-1 team stands to be a very rare sight.
Of course, there are some parts of the Patriots schedule that still look very daunting. After facing the Browns on November 7, New England goes to Pittsburgh on a Sunday night, in a game that looks even tougher now. Following that, their latest grudge match with the Colts is in Foxboro, two weeks before their rematch with the Jets on Monday, December 6.
Thus far, there are few real powerhouses in the league, and only three teams with just one loss so far. Since New England is one of those three teams, their place as Super Bowl favorites could be restored soon. But because most of the best teams are in the AFC this year, getting back to the Super Bowl stands to be very difficult.
Practically every NFL team has been upset already, or has struggled more than expected. There are still enough pitfalls on the Patriots’ schedule to stop New England in its tracks as well. Even if facing the Chargers and Vikings in two straight weeks is more manageable now, the Patriots can’t risk them getting back to form just in time.
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