Check out some of the top players set to play at Gillette Stadium versus the Patriots during the 2016 NFL season.
We've known the opponents for weeks but the NFL finally got around to telling when and how each of the Patriots 16 games will be played in 2016. New England will open on the road for the Sunday nighter in Arizona and close it out on New Year's Day in Miami.
In between the Patriots will host Houston for a Week 3 Thursday night affair, travel to Pittsburgh in October, hit prime time at Gillette Stadium again for Seattle, host the new Los Angeles Rams and even get a chance to exact some revenge with a return trip to Denver late in the season.
It's an interesting slate of games and the schedule-makers did the Patriots some favors by putting the bye week in the middle (Week 9), allowing the team to have three straight home games and by spreading out the road trips pretty well.
New England will appear in prime time at least five times - one could be added as was the case last year - and go up against some of the best teams in the league.
With that in mind our Samsonite Make Your Case question of the week is:
Which game are you looking forward to most in 2016?
PFW's Andy Hart says...
The Patriots made a bunch of additions in the offseason and what better way to see how those changes will fare than to go up against an elite team on the road in the first game of the season?
Kickoff weekend is always special but it's even more so this year with the Cardinals serving as the opponent. Not only were they one of the best teams in football last season but they've also added Chandler Jones, which should add even more spice to an already interesting matchup.
The Cardinals will offer a nice test right out of the gate as Bill Belichick tries to get the newcomers acclimated to the Patriots system, and the countdown to the opener is already on.
PFW's Paul Perillo says...
I know the scoreboard said the Panthers took out the Seahawks in last year's playoffs but in my mind Seattle is still the team to beat in the NFC. To me, the Seahawks trip to Foxborough in front of NBC's prime time cameras could very well be a Super Bowl preview - so how can that not be the game I'm most looking forward to.
Russell Wilson just keeps getting better every year and he's proven he won't wilt under the pressure that Gillette Stadium seems to apply to many other teams and quarterbacks. The Patriots will need to be at their best against Seattle, and the intensity should be at a high level. Oh, and in case anyone forgot that Super Bowl these teams played a couple of years ago was kind of exciting.
I'm already looking forward to two weeks of hype for that one since it follows the Patriots bye week. Nov. 13... mark it down on your calendars now. You won't find a better regular-season matchup.
Now it's your turn to cast a vote in this week's Samsonite Make Your Case poll question.