Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 4/18/12

INDIANAPOLIS - DECEMBER 27: Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts looks to throw the ball during the NFL game against the New York Jets at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 27, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
The 2012 NFL schedule was released Tuesday night and it seems to be a positive slate for the New England Patriots. They are currently 8-1 AFC favorites at Bovada to win Super Bowl XLVII next February in New Orleans. The new projections are a slight rise from the 7-1 odds the Pats were right after this year's Super Bowl. Green Bay remains the favorite to win it all next year at 13-2. Going by their opponents' 2011 schedule, the Patriots ended up with the league's easiest schedule at .453 and face only four teams with nine or more victories last...
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