2022 NFL schedule released: Patriots opponents, previews, full list of regular season schedule teams

With the first wave of free agency and the NFL Draft in the rearview mirror, attention now turns entirely to the 2022 regular season. The Patriots just wrapped up a season a year ago where they were able to get back into the playoffs, but were fired fairly quickly thanks to a dominating Bills effort. Throughout the offseason, they made a few changes to the roster, but saw All-Pro cornerback JC Jackson leave along with longtime offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. It will be two losses that quarterback Mac Jones will need to help guide New England as they look to surge ahead in Year Two.

Of course, for the Patriots to return to the playoffs for a second straight year, they’ll have to face their 2022 opponents. Below, you’ll find a rundown of every opponent New England will face this year, along with the schedule. of the 18-week regular season (once announced):

2022 opponents

Crows: Baltimore is coming off an injury-filled season that completely derailed any chance of a serious fight in the AFC. With the return of these players – including Lamar Jackson – they will be looking to once again become one of the toughest outs in the conference.

Invoices: There’s no denying the Bills are class in the AFC East right now. While the Patriots parted ways with them in the regular season, they were completely bombarded in the playoffs, showing just how far apart they really are. Buffalo is the current Super Bowl favorite heading into the season and has made a few key additions – wide Jameson Crowder and first-round corner Kairr Elam – to further bolster this already deep roster.

Bengals: Cincinnati is coming off a standout season in 2021 where they were able to win the AFC and reach Super Bowl LVI. Joe Burrow appears to be among the elite quarterbacks in the conference and will now have a stronger offensive line in front of him after the front office turned to that area this offseason.

Bear: Chicago appears to be in the midst of a rebuild as they roll out a new general manager in Ryan Poles and a new head coach in Matt Eberflus. The roster doesn’t leave much to be desired other than promising second-year quarterback Justin Fields. If the Bears plan to settle in 2022, it will take a Herculean effort from Fields.

The Lions: Detroit’s 3-13-1 record doesn’t exactly reflect how competitive this team was in 2021. Dan Campbell’s team has been tough every week and has now just added players like passing thrower Aidan Hutchinson and wide Jameson Williams in the draft.

Dolphins: The Dolphins roster has had quite a shine this offseason. Not only did they surround Tua Tagovailoa with new weapons like Tyreek Hill, but they also protected him up front by inking Terron Armstead for a lucrative free agency deal. Although Miami has a revamped roster, it will be interesting to see how the team transitions to Mike McDaniel after Brian Flores is fired.

Jets: Don’t look now, but the Jets are laying down a solid foundation. They hit a draft home run by selecting cornerback “Sauce” Gardner, wide receiver Garrett Wilson and setter Jermaine Johnson in the first round. If Zach Wilson leaps forward in Year 2, it might come as a surprise.

Foals: The big change in Indianapolis comes from the center. After the Carson Wentz experiment caught fire, they were able to trade him to Washington and ultimately acquire Matt Ryan from the Falcons. That addition alone makes him the favorite to win the AFC South and that’s not even mentioning the signing of cornerback Stephon Gilmore.

Cardinals: Arizona will be without star receiver DeAndre Hopkins for the first six weeks of the season due to a failed PED test, but they acquired former Ravens rookie Marquise Brown in the draft to help cushion that loss. Kyle Murray’s contract has been a talking point throughout the offseason, but assuming they figure that out, it’s still going to be one of the toughest offenses in the league.

Browns: Welcome to Cleveland, Deshaun Watson. The Browns pulled off the blockbuster to land the former Texans quarterback, but now the question remains whether he will face league punishment stemming from his multiple civil lawsuits alleging sexual misconduct.

Packers: Aaron Rodgers came back with the Packers, but Green Bay lost a key part of their offense when they traded Davante Adams to the Raiders. Still, they should be one of the NFC favorites thanks to back-to-back MVP still lining up under center.

Vikings: Minnesota is another team that is under new management as Kevin O’Connell now sits on the sidelines as head coach. For the most part, it’s the same cast of characters on the roster with Kirk Cousins, Justin Jefferson and Dalvin Cook headlining the offense.

Raiders: Las Vegas has seen a front office overhaul and now head coach Josh McDaniels and general manager Dave Ziegler run the show. Not only did the Raiders retool the masthead, but they also dove headfirst into the open market, trading for Davante Adams and signing passing thrower Chandler Jones to partner Maxx Crosby.

Steelers: Pittsburgh is embarking on the post-Roethlisberger era and could very well deploy first-round quarterback Kenny Pickett in Week 1. While the quarterback may be different, Mike Tomlin is still running the show and looking to keep his streak of never having to lose the rolling season.

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