The New England Patriots are facing a brutal schedule of QBs in 2023

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We do know the opponents of the New England Patriots' for the 2023 season, and they are facing a brutal schedule of quarterbacks. The NFL schedule release is set for Thursday, May 11th, but we do already know who the Patriots will be playing, and we do know that they've been given an international game against the rebuilding Indianapolis Colts.

Their matchup against the Colts might end up being their easiest game of the year. They are facing a brutal schedule of quarterbacks in 2022. Below is a list of some of the best ones they face in the coming season.

Patrick Mahomes

The Patriots have to play the AFC West this year, and they have the misfortune of playing against Patrick Mahomes, but they do get to face him at home. He's coming off his second Super Bowl in four seasons and already has two MVP awards.

He is the one who has the best chance to catch Tom Brady as the GOAT. Bill Belichick will have to be at this best in scheming up a defensive gameplan for Mahomes.

Josh Allen, Tua Tagovailoa, Aaron Rodgers x2

I lumped these three together because they consist of the usual divisional matchups. The team not only has to deal with returnees in Allen and Tagovailoa, but now they have to deal with Aaron Rodgers, who recently won back to back MVP awards in 2020 and 2021.

Rodgers did look quite below average in 2022, but part of me thinks he'll return to his normal self in 2023, and that's terrifying. Both Allen and Tagovailoa enjoyed strong 2022 seasons. We know how good they can be. The defense will have to be at their best against each QB.

Justin Herbert

Yeah, Justin Herbert is also in the AFC West. He's one of the best QBs in the NFL. He's arguably a top five talent and is likely going to sign a massive contract extension this offseason. He's a prolific passer and just got a new weapon to throw to in Quentin Johnston. They are home against the Chargers.

Jalen Hurts

The NFC representative in the Super Bowl, Jalen Hurts, gets the pleasure of playing the New England Patriots this year. The Patriots also get Hurts at home, but honestly, he might be the least of their worries.

The Eagles' roster is insanely stacked and they look poised to make another Super Bowl run this year.

It's clear that the Patriots have a tough QB schedule to deal with, and I didn't even mention other QBs who have shown previously the ability to be great. Guys like Russell Wilson and Dak Prescott have been elite passers at one point and are also on the Pats' schedule in 2023.

Will the defense be able to hold their own?