The Patriots face the task of besting a full slate of NFL teams as they aim to become repeat Super Bowl winners. Brady is at the helm for the offense although a mass exodus left their talent depleted.
Sports Illustrated's Doug Farrar gave the Patriots a C on their off-season report card for the many departures from the roster that little was done to replenish. Cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner, running backs Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen, nose tackle Vince Wilfork and linebacker Akeem Ayers all left New England for new teams.
The Patriots finished with a 12–4 record last season, best in the AFC East and tied for best in the league. They went on to win Super Bowl XLIX for their fourth win in franchise history.
Sept. 10: vs. Steelers (8:30 p.m. ET, NBC)
Sept. 20: at Bills (1 p.m. ET, CBS)
Sept. 27: vs. Jaguars (1 p.m. ET, CBS)
Oct. 11: at Cowboys (4:25 p.m. ET, CBS)
Oct. 18: at Colts (8:30 p.m. ET, NBC)
Oct. 25: vs. Jets (1 p.m. ET, CBS)
Oct. 29: vs. Dolphins (8:25 p.m. ET, CBS/NFL Network)
Nov. 8: vs. Redskins (1 p.m. ET, FOX)
Nov. 15: at Giants (4:25 p.m. ET, CBS)
Nov. 23: vs. Bills (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Nov 29: at Broncos (8:30 p.m. ET, NBC)
Dec. 6: vs. Eagles (4:25 p.m. ET, FOX)
Dec. 13: at Texans (1 p.m. ET, CBS)
Dec. 20: vs. Titans (1 p.m. ET, CBS)
Dec. 27: at Jets (1 p.m. ET, CBS)
Jan. 3: at Dolphins (1 p.m. ET, CBS)