Jan 27, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; General view of Super Bowl XLVIII logo at the media center in the Convention Center prior to Super Bowl XLVII. The Baltimore Ravens will play the San Francisco 49ers on February 3, 2013 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

New England Patriots Possible Super Bowl 2013 Contender


The New England Patriots got kicked out from the Super Bowl 2012 chase in a loss against the Baltimore Ravens 13-28 in the AFC Championship. As philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche once said: “That which does not kill us make us stronger”, and that is the mentality of the Patriots organization.

Free agency and the 2013 NFL Draft are upon us and there is no better way to look forward to adjusting the roster and reinforcing the defense and offense.

According to John Clayton of ESPN.com, the Patriots come in at second on his list of early Super Bowl favorites for 2013 trailing by Peyton Manning and his Denver Broncos. Given the Broncos stats with a victory in all six AFC West games in 2012, Clayton believes that they have a high chance of matching this record again in 2013.

On the New England Patriots side of the fence, the Patriots have been in seven of the past 12 AFC title games. Reasonable thinking points out that the Patriots is a high contender seeking their eight AFC title. There is little doubt that the Patriots will not reach to this target in the season as it is very fitting that they will go 6-0 in divisional play as they did last season.

In contrast with the Denver Broncos schedule, the Broncos have a reasonable easy schedule; playing teams that had a combined record of 110-146 in 2012.

Here’s the Denver Broncos list of opponents:

2013 Denver Broncos Opponents

Home

Kansas City, Oakland, San Diego, Jacksonville, Tennessee, Philadelphia, Washington, Baltimore

Away

Kansas City, Oakland, San Diego, Houston, Indianapolis, Dallas, N.Y. Giants, New England

Although “an easy” schedule might get a team’s foot in the path to the Super Bowl road, it doesn’t necessarily means they will get there, as we saw how that ended the Broncos pursuit.

The New England Patriots schedule, on the other hand, is not as lenient as the 2012 schedule – a .508 record and playing with six teams that had a .500 record or better in 2012.

Here’s the New England Patriots list of opponents:

2013 New England Patriots Opponents

Home

Buffalo, Miami, N.Y. Jets, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Denver

Away

Buffalo, Miami, N.Y. Jets, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Atlanta, Carolina, Houston

Regardless of the schedule – easy or not, it all comes down to what the team does in the playoffs. One can only hope that injuries will not be a factor preventing the team from going and winning the Super Bowl (I don’t want to just go, I want to win the Super Bowl!). As we know, had Rob Gronkowski been healthy in the 2011 and 2012 playoffs, the chances that the Patriots would have conquered a Super Bowl victory is conceivably possible.

In the meantime, all a fan can do is to just stay put, wait, and see what Coach Bill Belichick has in store for Pats Nation in the upcoming weeks. Whatever decision is made, we hope to be in right path – one that only time will tell.

 

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  • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

    I think you can say that for the Pats every year.

    • Chipnputt

      What, that they have an easy schedule, or that they should win 11 to 13 games? If the former, I say ‘easy’ schedules are an overrated concept, but if the latter, that has certainly been true for most of the past decade.

      • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

        Of course not, “easy” schedule is the biggest crutch argument. People said the Pats had an easy schedule this year before the season, and they ended up playing the best teams in the league in Baltimore, SF, Houston, Denver, Seattle, and Indy was a playoff team.

        I meant that the Pats are Super Bowl contenders every year and will win 11 to 13 games every year.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1842273719 Aryan von Eicken

    I think Pats actually have an easier schedule than Denver does. Pats should go 8-0 or 7-1 on their home games as their only good opponent are the Broncos. Pittsburgh I think is gonna collapse, New Orleans has no defense and Tampa is just overrated. Away the Pats play an way a decent bengals team that I see no improvement in and who wont be a problem and then three good teams. So I think with a solid season Pats should be looking at 12-4. Denver on the other hand pretty easy home games aswell except Baltimore and Washington. But their away schedule is rough. I think San Diego will have a solid year next year so wont be easy. Then Giants, Cowboys, Pats, Colts and Texans. THats only 2 easy away games to the Pats five. So Denver I think will having a harding time repeating what they did this year because they wont have a 11 game win streak where the best two teams they play are Cincinnati and a Baltimore team who was playing their first game with a new offensive coordinator