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Now that the Pats' 2008 schedule is out, opinions vary on its degree of difficulty. Plus, a look inside the Patriots Hall of Fame nomination process.

As you've probably already seen here on, New England's 2008 schedule has been announced, and it's going to be a tough one.

Especially when you consider their pair of back-to-back visits to teams on the West Coast. It's been a while since that's happened.

But other media outlets have a different opinion on just how hard this season will be for the Patriots.

"The Pats' opponents compiled a winning percentage of just .387 last year (99-157) and even if that number is somewhat skewed by playing the 1-15 Dolphins twice, removing Miami from the equation leaves their foes at .433, which would still rank second-easiest behind San Diego's .422," counters the Boston Herald, which even thinks the team could make history again.

"Imagine talking 16-0 two seasons in a row?" the author adds. "If the Patriots stay healthy, as crazy as it sounds, it could be a possibility.

Also today, a local scribe who's part of the Patriots selection committee for team Hall of Fame nominees gives some insight to the process. Here's a sample of the author's account:

James will tally our ballots, and on May 1, the names of the three ex-players or coaches who topped our tally will become the finalists. The winner will be decided by public balloting on, lasting from May 1 through July 4. Enshrinement will take place for the first time in the new Patriots Hall of Fame building in Patriot Place, which is rapidly nearing completion.

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