Sep 22, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick (right) speaks to quarterback Tom Brady (12) during the first half of a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

2014 New England Patriots Schedule: Opponents Are Locked In

Dec 8, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola (80) questions a non-call by the referees during the first quarter against the Cleveland Browns at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

As the 2013 season draws to a close, it is time to begin our look at what the 2014 season may look like. Next years’ opponents are now set, and it is a solid group of squads that the New England Patriots will have to play.

Away:

Kansas City

San Diego

Green Bay

Minnesota

Indianapolis

New York Jets

Miami

Buffalo

Home:

Denver

Chicago

Cincinnati

Detroit

Oakland

New York Jets

Miami

Buffalo

As you can see, there will be quite a few challenges for the Pats, and while Brady versus Manning will definitely steal the spotlight, there are a couple of other games that already stand out to me.

Pats vs. Packers:

This game should be fun largely because two of the best quarterbacks in the game will be going at it. Aaron Rodgers has one of the best arms I have ever seen, and obviously we know all about Tom Brady. This one has the potential to be a gun-slinging shootout.

Pats vs. Colts: 

I have made many comparisons between Luck and Brady, mostly because of how both have led their teams to solid records this year, with a mediocre supporting cast. It will be exciting to see them on the field, together, once again.

Pats vs. Vikings:

Wilfork , Spikes, Mayo, Hightower vs. Peterson? Yes please. If all of these players are on the field when these two teams meet, we will be in for some fun, hard hitting action. Peterson is the best running back in the league, and the Pats, when healthy, boast one of the most physical run defenses in the NFL.

Pats vs. Lions:

If New England decides to re-sign Aqib Talib, then this matchup would include the best wide receiver in football, going up against arguably the best defensive back in football. It doesn’t get much better than that, and in my mind, this has the potential to be one of the great games of 2014.

Pats vs. Broncos:

This one is obvious, and doesn’t need much explaining. Brady and Manning have one of the best quarterback rivalries of all time, and they will have the opportunity to meet again, in 2014.

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