2016 NFL Schedule from the View of 4 Super Bowl Contenders

2016 NFL Schedule

The Pats

It seems as though no matter what the NFL throws at New England, they turn it into a 12-4 or 13-3 regular-season record without much trouble.

A quick look at the New England Patriots 2016 schedule, released yesterday, gives fans reason to believe that they will be making a legitimate run toward Super Bowl LI.

A Week 1 game against the Cardinals in Arizona is the toughest by the numbers throughout the first half of their run. If things unfold according to plan, New England will go into their Week 9 bye at no worse than 7-1 with a full two weeks to rest before they host the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, November 13.

They finish their schedule with seven entirely winnable games, giving fans reason to believe that 14-2, or even 15-1 is a distinct possibility.

New England Patriots Schedule

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The Packers

Also perennial Super Bowl contenders since the arrival of quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the Green Bay Packers have the benefit of the single easiest schedule in all the NFL. Yeah, because that’s fair.

You can already see fellow NFC contenders shaking their heads at the fact that the Packers are likely to be Vegas point-spread favorites in each of their 16 games. The longest road trip they will have all year is a jaunt to Jacksonville to face the Jaguars on the opening weekend.

The Packers have a stretch of four consecutive home games with a bye sprinkled in the middle between late September and late October. It’s as if the NFL is setting the stage for them to go into their December 11 Lambeau matchup against Seattle with an immaculate record of 12-0. The short and long of it is that Packers fans should feel free to be very excited about the upcoming campaign.

Green Bay Packers Schedule

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Arizona

Gone are the days where the Arizona Cardinals can fly under the radar and stockpile wins in the NFC West without the rest of the league noticing.

Although Carson Palmer is currently the second oldest starter in the NFL behind Tom Brady following the retirement of Peyton Manning, the team is still widely regarded as one of the best in the league. A challenging road awaits them in 2016.

Following the aforementioned season-opener against New England at home, Arizona will have five consecutive games in which they will be favorites before they square off against Seattle at home and the Panthers and Carolina on the final two Sundays in October.

If they are going to once again reach the NFC Championship or better, they will need to close the season strong against a litany of mid-range non-conference opponents, such as Washington, Miami and New Orleans.

Arizona Cardinals Schedule

Oakland

Yes, you read that correctly. The Oakland Raiders are legitimate contenders for a run at Super Bowl LI. With a young core of offensive weapons in place led by quarterback Derek Carr and a defense that has been entirely retooled via the draft and free agency in the last two seasons, the Raiders are as for real as any team in the AFC West going into 2016.

If they can take care of business against lesser-then opponents the first three months of the season, they will be in an excellent position to plow through a very difficult final six weeks. Expect the defense to recapture the belong-dormant swagger of the Silver and Black.

Oakland Raiders Schedule

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