Patriots’ 2022 schedule is the most demanding in AFC by this metric

The New England Patriots’ path back to the postseason ain’t gonna be easy.

For starters, the Patriots will face some tough opponents in 2022: They have the NFL’s fourth-toughest schedule based on the projected win totals of their opponents and end their season with a brutal six-game stretch that includes matchups with the Buffalo Bills (twice), Arizona Cardinals, Las Vegas Raiders and Cincinnati Bengals.

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But there’s another quirk that will make their 2022 slate more challenging than most: The Patriots will have up to five “short weeks,” tied for the most in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles, per ESPN’s Rich Cimini:

The Patriots and Eagles will play a league-high 5 games on short weeks (less than 7 days between games). The Jaguars, Jets and Falcons play the fewest (2 each). Via @ESPNStatsInfo #Jets

— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) May 13, 2022

Here are the periods in which New England will have fewer than seven days of rest between games:

  1. Week 7 vs. Chicago Bears / Week 8 vs. New York Jets
  2. Week 11 vs. New York Jets / Week 12 at Minnesota Vikings
  3. Week 14 at Arizona Cardinals / Week 15 at Las Vegas Raiders
  4. Week 15 at Las Vegas Raiders / Week 16 vs. Cincinnati Bengals
  5. Week 17 vs. Miami Dolphins / Week 18…

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