As they seek to defend their AFC title, the Patriots will face a challenging schedule in 2012. The Boston Globe breaks down the games on the cusp of the season:
Sept. 9: at Tennessee, 1 p.m., Ch. 4
Welcome to the NFL, Jake Locker. Getting your first career start against a Bill Belichick defense is kinda like taking a trigonometry final when you’ve been studying Algebra 1 all semester.
Sept. 16: vs. Arizona, 1 p.m., Ch. 25
What a wonderful pair of receivers in Larry Fitzgerald and rookie Michael Floyd. Ken Whisenhunt is still accepting applications for the position of starting QB, however.
Sept. 23: at Baltimore, 8:20 p.m., Ch.7
Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis (entering his 41st season) is still a scary hombre and awfully fun to watch. Not as fun as watching coach John Harbaugh wince and whine at the refs, though.
Sept. 30: at Buffalo, 1 p.m., Ch. 4
The Bills cut Vince Young and traded for Tarvaris Jackson. And you thought they were the same person. They are: ineffective backup QBs. Another long season looms in Orchard Park, N.Y.
Oct. 7: vs. Denver, 4:25 p.m., Ch. 4
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