FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots’ 2022 schedule was released along with the rest of the NFL roster on Thursday.
The 2022 NFL season kicks off on Thursday, September 8 with the Buffalo Bills taking on the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium. ESPN opens its program with Monday Night Football on September 12 with the Denver Broncos at the Seattle Seahawks.
The NFL went to 17 regular season games last season. The final regular season games for the 2022 season will take place on January 8, 2023. The playoffs begin on January 14 and continue until Super Bowl LVII on February 12 in Glendale, Arizona.
Here’s what awaits the Patriots:
September 11th : at Miami
September 18: in Pittsburgh
September 25: against Baltimore
October 2: in Green Bay
October 9: against Detroit
October 16: in Cleveland
October 24: against Chicago (MNF)
October 30: at NY Jets
November 6: against Indianapolis
November 13: GOODBYE
November 20: against the New York Jets
November 24: in Minnesota (TNF)
1st December : against Buffalo (TNF)
December 12: in Arizona (MNF)
December 18: in Las Vegas (SNF)
December 24: against Cincinnati
January 1st : against Miami
January 7/8: in Buffalo (to be determined)
Calendar strength: 16th, .498
Four consecutive prime-time games from Nov. 24 to Dec. 18 — three on the road and one against defending AFC East champion Bills — show that the national intrigue surrounding the Patriots remains strong. The last two of those prime-time games — in Arizona and Las Vegas — set up a scenario where the Patriots can stay out West for the week, as coach Bill Belichick often likes to do. In total, the team has five prime-time games.
Also, it’s the first time the Patriots have opened with two straight road games since 2014. The pass is well placed after nine games — right in the middle of the season.
What will the offense look like on Dec. 18 when the Patriots face their former coordinator, Josh McDaniels, in a prime-time game against the Las Vegas Raiders? The Patriots hoped the game would be played later in the season, in part because they wanted to face the Raiders in the preseason and practice with them before the preseason game. If the game had taken place earlier in the season, it would have been more difficult to achieve. Now these joint practices will take place.
What bettors think
Bettors have the Patriots win total at 8.5. Belichick’s team needs a few things to stand out, starting with quarterback Mac Jones making the oft-discussed sophomore jump. There are also big questions to answer at linebacker and cornerback, and the offensive coaching staff, where Matt Patricia and Joe Judge — whose main backgrounds are on defense and special teams, respectively — take on lead roles.
The Patriots will need to beat the Bills in the regular season finale to secure a playoff spot, and it will be interesting to see how that plays out if Buffalo has already solidified its own playoff standings. The Patriots’ 2021 season ended embarrassingly at Buffalo with a 47-17 playoff loss, and in this scenario, they would have a chance to write a different story a year later.