Originally written on Football Extra Points  |  Last updated 11/18/14
When the NFL announced the schedules for the 2013 season I couldn’t help but think back to this moment last year. I sat at my computer giggling to myself like a child as ESPN released the joke that was the 2012 Patriots schedule. Only 2 teams caught my eye as I poured over the list in front of me, and both of them would beat us at some point in the season. The Ravens and the 49ers. My thought back then was, “If we can get through the regular season injury-free, while beating a few good teams, we can coast to a Superbowl victory.” However, with our early departure from the playoffs and the high hopes for the season flushed down the drain, one thing became clear.  An easy schedule during the season does not necessarily guarantee an easy playoff run. In fact, the lack of competition the Patriots had during the season may have left them a little shocked come playoff time. They had to elevate their game and they didn’t. So, with the 2013 schedule made official I can say that I’m a...
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