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New England Patriots 2012 NFL Schedule Analysis

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Inside the 2012 Schedule

The QB matchup everyone loves will happen Oct. 7 when the Broncos visit Foxborough. It's the only time Tom Brady will get to square off against a QB near his talent level. The Ravens' playoff rematch comes after the Pats' home opener. A Week 8 breather game against St. Louis is made more difficult by its London location.
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Week 5 vs. Broncos
Brady vs. Manning. This game means everything to Peyton Manning. Do new surroundings mean he can get a leg up on his rivalry with Brady? If Manning wins, we could see a shift in the conversation about who's better. If Manning loses, people will think Manning is incapable of getting the upper hand on Brady regardless of which team he's on.
Week 14 vs. Texans
Houston is going to be everyone's trendy pick to get to the Super Bowl this season. New England can reaffirm its status as the best in the AFC with a win here.
Week 15 vs. 49ers
Is New England's offense even better than it was a year ago now that Brandon Lloyd is there? If Brady torches the Niners, the AFC might just cede the conference title outright.

 

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