Ranking the 6 most important games of the Patriots 2024 schedule

New England Patriots v Miami Dolphins
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1. Week 5 vs. Dolphins

Yes, that's right; it's another divisional game, and this time, it's considered the most important game to win this season.

The Dolphins' and Patriots' Week 5 matchup will be their first meeting of the season, with the game in Miami not happening until much later in the year (Week 12). Assuming they will remain cursed when traveling to South Beach, getting a win against the second-best team in the division at home is crucial.

It could add more wrinkles to the AFC playoff picture, especially for the three other teams in the AFC East, and would lower the hype surrounding them a few notches.

It would prove the Patriots can be a legit threat to the division and not a team that should be slept on, which is how they're being labeled five months before the season even begins.

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