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A look ahead at the Patriots' 2012 opponents

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Posted Jan. 02, 2012 @ 1:28 p.m. ET
By Kevin Fishbain

With the 2011 regular season wrapped up, the Patriots now know their 2012 opponents.

In addition to hosting divisional foes the Bills, Jets and Dolphins, the Patriots will have home games against the Texans, Colts, Broncos, Cardinals and 49ers in 2012.

The Patriots will travel to play the Jaguars, Titans, Ravens, Rams and Seahawks.

Four of next season's opponents made the postseason (Denver, San Francisco, Baltimore and Houston). The Patriots have a good chance of playing the Broncos, Texans or Ravens in the playoffs.

By playing the AFC South, the Patriots will play the Colts for the ninth consecutive season. Three of their 2012 opponents, the Jaguars, Rams and Dolphins, will have new head coaches.

One of the most-hyped games of the Patriots' 2012 regular season likely will be their game against the 49ers, a good candidate for a prime-time matchup. Led by Jim Harbaugh, the Niners snagged the No. 2 seed in the NFC this season.

In terms of schedule strength, the Patriots and the rest of the AFC East cross over with two of the league's worst divisions of 2010, the AFC South and NFC West.

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