Howe said that the first three games — against the Dolphins, Vikings and Raiders — are important for the Patriots coming out of the gate, as it represents a golden opportunity to get a jump on the rest of the league.
“The opening stretch is huge. I think they have a real opportunity to start 3-0,” Howe said. “And two of those games are on the road, so that would give them an even bigger jump right there. Three teams that didn’t make the playoffs last year — that’s a crucial stretch, because after that, it’s a very unforgiving schedule for a couple of months, really.”
Jones pointed out that it’s even more important for the Patriots, considering new cornerback Brandon Browner will be suspended for the first four weeks. The Patriots really couldn’t have picked better opponents for that to take place for three of those four weeks, at least.
Considering Darrelle Revis will be locking down the opponents’ No. 1 receiver, the No "
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