A New England Patriots fan celebrates after his team defeated the Baltimore Ravens in the NFL AFC Championship football game in Foxborough, Massachusetts, January 22, 2012.

Well it’s that time of year to take a look at the New England Patriots 2012 schedule and make my annual predictions on how the team will fare in the season.  This year the schedule features games with Denver and Baltimore as well as the division rivalries and match ups against the NFC West and AFC South.

Week 1 September 9 @Tennessee 1p CBS

Open with OT road win over Titans, 30-24

Week 2 September 16 ARIZONA 1p FOX

Cardinals really should have looked for a QB, Pats win 34-17

Week 3 September 23 @Baltimore 8:20p NBC

Another epic battle, Ravens come out on top, 28-24

Week 4 September 30 @Buffalo 1p CBS

Much improved Bills nearly steal another, 38-35

Week 5 October 7 DENVER 4:15p CBS

Peyton comes to Foxboro, leaves with loss 30-21

Week 6 October 14 @Seattle 4p FOX

Seahawks 12th man helps in win, 31-21

Week 7 October 21 NY Jets 4:15p CBS

Patriots rebound with whipping of Jets, 42-17

Week 8 October 28 @St. Louis (London) 1p CBS

Pats pound Rams into submission, 38-10

Week 9 November 4 BYE WEEK

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Week 10 November 11 BUFFALO 1p CBS

Bills rebound with a Foxboro stunner, 28-17

Week 11 November 18 INDIANAPOLIS 1p CBS

No Luck this year Andrew, Pats in rout 42-14

Week 12 November 22 @NY Jets 8:20p NBC

Patriots stuff Jets on Turkey Day, 28-20

Week 13 December 2 @Miami 1p CBS

Fish get humiliated, 38-7

Week 14 December 10 HOUSTON 8:30p ESPN

Possible AFC title game, Texans stun Pats 31-27

Week 15 December 16 SAN FRANCISCO 8:20p NBC

Niners can’t quite pull it off as Pats win 24-23

Week 16 December 23 @Jacksonville 1p CBS

Jags have a lot of work to do, 33-24

Week 17 December 30 MIAMI 1p CBS

Too cold in Foxboro for Fish, 36-17

Overall predicted record 12-4

Record at home: 6-2


Loss: BUF, HOU

Record on road: 6-2

Wins: @TEN, @BUF, @STL, @NYJ, @MIA, @JAX

Losses: @BAL, @SEA

Record vs. AFC East: 5-1

Record vs. AFC: 9-3

Record vs. NFC: 3-1

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