The Patriots 2010 schedule starts with an early test. Today, the Patriots schedule includes the T.O/Ochocinco debut, and doubt on whether the 2010 Patriots can outduel them. In past years, New England was an unquestioned Super Bowl favorite, and was barely expected to lose any games. But the last two seasons have put the New England dynasty on notice, while their arch-rivals have stolen all the AFC East hype. Basically, the Patriots 2010 season will either give them their most notable Super Bowl run yet, or be another death blow to their dynasty.
The last two seasons have been a decided letdown in Foxboro. After being nearly perfect in 2007, their upset Super Bowl loss has triggered some surprising struggles. Tom Brady’s 2008 season ended early, then his 2009 comeback ended earlier than expected in the playoffs.
The Patriots 2010 schedule starts today with New England’s first game since a humiliating wild card defeat to Baltimore. For this opener, they face another AFC North contender in Cincinnati, as Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco try to make an early statement. For Brady, it caps off an eventful week in which he got into an accident, and signed a big new contract.
For once, New England enters the year as an underdog, given their recent troubles and the Jets’ mega hyped rise to the top. But the first two weeks of the Patriots 2010 schedule gives them a real chance to counter those doubts. Not only can they quiet the T.O/Ochocinco buzz today, they can shut up the Jets on the road next Sunday.
After those two opening showdowns, the Patriots’ schedule quiets down for a bit, as they face the Bills, the Dolphins, and a bye. A rematch with the Ravens comes on October 17, followed by big tests against the Chargers and Vikings. November 14 and 21 brings matchups against the Steelers and Colts, with the Jets coming to Foxboro on Monday, December 6.
By the time the finale comes against the Dolphins on January 2, New England will either have their dynasty declared dead, or be revived as a Super Bowl favorite. For once, few know what to expect, with Brady’s continued recovery, Wes Welker’s comeback from his own ugly injury, and Randy Moss likely in his last year at New England.
The stars that powered the nearly perfect season may not be all together after this year, so they must keep the championship window open while they can. But with the uncertainty around the Patriots 2010 schedule, they are actually coming in under the radar for once.
While championship talk centers on the Jets, Colts, Saints, Cowboys and more, the Patriots can start their 2010 season by reminding everyone they’re not done yet. They start off at home against the Bengals at 1 p.m. EST on CBS.
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