With all the transactions that have gone on in the past month or so, we’re expecting a pretty intense season all around the league. Looking at the Patriots’ schedule, I wanted to break down my top five most anticipated games this season. Now, I’m excited for all of the games, with our recent major pick ups on defense, and adding Ocho to our offense, it’s going to be interesting to see what kind of brain powered playmaking recipes Bill will cook up for our offense this year.
I’m excited for this game because it’s the first game that Matt Cassel comes back to New England after his successful 2008 season with the Patriots.
He’s been making a big name for himself, as he led the Chiefs to playoffs last season. It’s a shame cause 2008 could have been a big year for the Patriots. Imagine if the Pats went to the playoffs with a backup quarterback and won? That could have changed the history of the New England Patriots. Would Tom Brady be playing for another team? Doubt it, but it will be good to see Cassel come back to where he started.
2. @ Philadelphia Eagles: November 27th, 2011
This is gonna be an exciting game. I can’t wait to watch the number one defense (on paper) that the Eagles are going to bring against what could very well be the number one offense by the Patriots. We’ve had some success against Andy Reid’s defenses in the past especially in Super Bowl 39 against what I remember being a pretty stacked defense with Dawkins and Trotter. This is surely one game I can’t wait to watch.
3. @ Pittsburgh Steelers: October 30th, 2011
There are a few reasons I’m looking forward to this game. First off, it’s always a good game when the Pats and the Steelers face off. The Steelers were the AFC Champions last year and they’re the only team with multiple Super Bowl championships besides New England in the past 12 years. Also, if any Patriots fans can remember back in 2004, we played the Steelers on Halloween in which we were destroyed by rookie Big Ben and Plaxico Burress as we ended our 21-game winning streak.
This game is on all hollows eve. Will it be another horror story for us against the Steelers? Doubt it, but you can rest assure that this will be a 12 round bout.
4. New York Giants: November 6th, 2011
Everyone knows the significance of the Pats/Giants regular season game this year. Now it’s hard to call this game a revenge game—tt’s not the Super Bowl, it’s not the same Giants football team, and the Giants are more than likely not going to be playing for anything this time of year. I personally think the Eagles and Cowboys will be running the division, but you can’t count the Giants out.
The great part about this game is that it’s in New England and after Super Bowl 42, the crowd is definitely going to be in full rage. I’m expecting this game to be similar to last year’s game against the Jets in New England. All we need is a Bruschi night and some snow to make this a magical night for New England fans. Oh and I did I mention? I’m driving up to Boston to see this game in what will be my first ever Patriots game in Foxboro. For once I will not be at Giants Stadium seeing them kick the crap out of the Jets!
5. @ New York Jets: November 13th, 2011
Sunday football game in New York; I’m attending and there will be nothing better than shutting up Rex Ryan twice in one season. I love the sound of dead air during the Jets game as I cheer along the very few Pats fans as we’re winning.
We’ve lost the last two seasons in NY against the Jets and it’s time for that little streak to end. This is war. In the words of one of the biggest POS’s on the Jets, Bart Scott, “CAN’T WAIT!”
Other notable games that I didn’t add to my top five are against the Colts, Chargers, and the Cowboys. Every year the Pats and the Colts put on a great show. This year I think it’s gonna be different. I don’t think the Colts will be the dominating team in their division. I think the Texans are going to top AFC South this year.
Nothing crazy about the Pats/Chargers.
As for the Pats/Cowboys game, it’s gonna be a good one to watch, but it’s not making my top five.