The New England Patriots are in a dog fight to keep the lead in the AFC East, but their next six games will be very difficult. The Patriots will face six gunslingers, and boy does their schedule look rough.
This week the Patriots will face Jay Cutler and the Bears who they should beat. The problem is the Bears are due a game where they show up. Cutler has been pretty good this year, but the Patriots own the NFC North over the last several years. I expect Brady to squeeze by the Bears, but then they have to face the Broncos next.
The Patriots will face Peyton Manning and the unstoppable Denver Broncos after the Bears. This will be a gun fight, but I expect the Broncos to get a win. After Peyton and the Broncos they get a bye. They will need it, because they will face Andrew Luck and the Colts after their bye.
After Luck and the Colts the Pats will face the Lions, Packers and Chargers. Matthew Stafford, Aaron Rodgers and Philip Rivers are all top 10 for quarterbacks. Actually all the quarterbacks listed above are in the top 14 passers in the NFL. The Patriots better hope their secondary is ready for the high passing attacks. Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner will be tested quite a bit, but I expect them to walk away even from these battles.