Washington Post Says Patriots Have NFL's Easiest Schedule In 2018

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The path to the next Super Bowl is now set for the New England Patriots. There seems to be a lot of questions as we inch closer to the NFL draft, but for now we can focus on some actual football. The team will host the New England Patriots on MNF in Week 8 of the 2018 regular season, at 8:15 p.m. October 29.

The schedule unfolds from there with the home opener on September 16 against the division-rival Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium, a Thursday night Week 3 appearance at Cleveland, a three-game October home stand, the Jets' "usual" Week 11 bye, five division games in the second half of the schedule, a December Saturday afternoon or evening home game against Houston, and another regular-season finale at the New England Patriots. It looks like Pats fans will be staying up late more often this season.

Week 8 at Buffalo Bills, Monday Oct. 29, 8:15 p.m. No doubt the National Football League is anticipating Gang Green snagging an exciting young QB on draft day, but not anticipating Todd Bowles giving the starting nod to Josh McCown.

Preseason Week 2: Friday, August 17th- Dolphins @ Panthers 7:30 p.m.

Week 2: vs. Los Angeles Chargers, 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16.

Week 1: Sunday, Sept. 9 at Ravens, 1 p.m.

Week 1: at Lions, Monday, Sept. 10, 7:10 p.m.

Week 12: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25.

Week 16 vs. Buffalo Bills, Sunday Dec. 23, 1 p.m.

Week 4: at Jaguars, Sunday, Sept. 30, 1 p.m.

Oakland's road games feature the Arizona Cardinals (6.5 win total, less than a 1 percent), Cincinnati Bengals (7, less than 1 percent) and the Dolphins, with two divisional games against the Broncos.

Week 14: vs. New York Jets, 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9.

Week 12: at Eagles, Nov. 25, 1 p.m.

Week 17: at Patriots, Sunday, Dec. 30, 1 p.m. Buffalo plays three of its first four and five of its first seven games away from home.

Then it's a Sunday-night visit to Detroit on NBC (Sept. 23, 8:20 start), putting a spotlight on former Patriots' defensive coordinator Matt Patricia's first battle as the Lions' head coach against his former mentor, Bill Belichick.

The Dolphins are now scheduled to play only one prime time game: On October 25 at Houston against the Texans.

Week 7: at Falcons, Oct. 22, 8:15 p.m.

November 18 TAMPA BAY 1 p.m.

The Patriots get to soak up the warm rays of the South Florida sun on December 9 when they visit the Dolphins, followed by the highly-anticipated visit to Pittsburgh the following week.

Week 15: vs. Titans, Dec. 16, 1 p.m.

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