New England Patriots 2022 schedule: Dates, times and analysis

The New England Patriots surprised many last season, finishing 10-7 and advancing to the playoffs before being eliminated by the Buffalo Bills 47-17 in the Wild Card Round. Going into 2022, bettors expect the Pats to step back as New England’s win total is pegged at a mediocre 8.5.

The concern surrounding the Pats is driven by losses in the coaching ranks and on the field. Head coach Bill Belichick has yet to name an offensive coordinator to replace the late Josh McDaniels, who the Las Vegas Raiders hired as their new head coach. New England also lost star cornerback JC Jackson and center Ted Karras to free agency while surprisingly trading guard Shaq Mason to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for a fifth-round draft pick. .

New England’s losses are associated with a widely criticized draft class and, outside of Miami Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker’s trade, very little offseason activity.

That said, Belichick’s impact cannot be overstated, especially on sophomore quarterback Mac Jones, who is coming off an impressive rookie campaign. The challenge New England faces is playing in a competitive AFC East division, which includes the mighty Buffalo Bills and the new Miami Dolphins. Even the New York Jets should be much improved from last season.

While it would be foolish to bet against the most successful sports franchise of the past two decades, expectations for the Pats are unusually low.

Here’s the road ahead for New England in 2022.

Week 1 @ Miami Dolphins

Date: Sunday September 11
Time: 1 p.m. ET

Speedsters Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle present a first test for the New England secondary. Miami is 3-0 in the last three meetings against the Patriots, including last year’s sweep.

Week 2 @ Pittsburgh Steelers

Date: Sunday September 18
Time: 1 p.m. ET

Pittsburgh will enter its post-Ben Roethlisberger era with veteran Mitchell Trubisky or rookie Kevin Pickett at center. Bill Belichick is likely hoping for the latter, as the Super Bowl-winning coach has feasted on freshman quarterbacks throughout his Hall of Fame coaching career.

Week 3 vs. Baltimore Ravens

Date: Sunday September 25
Time: 1 p.m. ET

The Patriots’ home opener comes up against a Ravens team that should be healthier than last season and should be in the thick of the AFC playoff race.

Week 4 @ Green Bay Packers

Date: Sunday October 2
Time: 4:25 p.m. ET

New England travel to Lambeau for the first time since November 2014. While the Pats ‘D won’t have to face off All-Pro Davante Adams, they still have to face back-to-back MVP Aaron Rodgers, who is expected to be reasonably well suited to life without #17.

Week 5 vs. Detroit Lions

Date: Sunday October 9
Time: 1 p.m. ET

The Lions had the run defense ranked 31st last season. Expect a heavy dose of Pats running backs Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson in this one.

Week 6 @ Cleveland Browns

Date: Sunday October 16
Time: 1 p.m. ET

If Deshaun Watson is suspended for an extended period, former Patriots quarterback Jacoby Brissett will lead the Browns’ offense — a game-changing advantage for Belichick and company.

Week 7 vs. Chicago Bears

Date: Monday October 24
Time: 8:15 p.m. ET

Sophomore quarterbacks Mac Jones and Justin Fields headline the Monday Night Football game, the first meeting between these historic franchises since 2018. Jones and Alabama got the better of Fields and his Buckeyes when they faced each other in the national championship game.

Week 8 @ New York Jets

Date: Sunday October 30
Time: 1 p.m. ET

The Patriots are undefeated in their last 12(!) meetings with the Jets, including last year’s 54-13 bombardment in Week 7.

Week 9 vs Indianapolis Colts

Date: Sunday November 6
Time: 1 p.m. ET

Like most teams, New England struggled to contain Colts star running back Jonathan Taylor, allowing the All-Pro to rush for 170 yards in their only game last season.

Week 10 GOODBYE

Week 11 against the New York Jets

Date: Sunday November 20
Time: 1 p.m. ET

Both teams return from their break, having had two full weeks to prepare for the Week 11 rematch. Bill Belichick is 13-10, coming off a bye in his head coaching career .

Week 12 @ Minnesota Vikings

Date: Thursday, November 24
Time: 8:20 p.m. ET

Thursday’s game is the first of a surprising four-game prime-time series for the Pats. New England probably would have preferred a few more days to prepare for a Vikings team playing at home and seen as a potential dark horse in the NFC.

Week 13 vs. Buffalo Bills

Date: Thursday, December 1
Time: 8:15 p.m. ET

The Patriots shared both regular-season meetings with the Bills last season, including the memorable 14-10 Week 13 victory in which Mac Jones attempted all three passes in windy conditions.

Week 14 @ Arizona Cardinals

Date: Monday, December 12
Time: 8:15 p.m. ET

After his early-season suspension, Arizona star DeAndre Hopkins will be more than reacclimated to the Cardinals’ high-flying offense. An unfortunate draw for the Pats this late in the season.

Week 15 @ Las Vegas Raiders

Date: Monday, December 18
Time: 8:20 p.m. ET

A classic “Teacher vs. Student” matchup, as Bill Belichick takes on his former offensive coordinator and current Raiders head coach, Josh McDaniels.

Week 16 vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Date: Saturday December 24
Time: 1 p.m. ET

This will be New England’s first look at Bengals superstar Joe Burrow since he was selected No. 1 by Cincy in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Week 17 vs. Miami Dolphins

Date: Sunday January 1
Time: 1 p.m. ET

A sweep by either team could spell the end of their respective playoff hopes.

Week 18 @ Buffalo Bills

Date: To be determined
Time: To be determined

The Pats would love nothing more than to exorcise the demons of last year’s humiliating playoff loss in a potentially meaningful game in the regular season finale.

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