With all four division champions determined in the AFC, we can safely pass along the 2010 schedule (without dates, of course). Here’s who the Patriots will play next year, including a fairly likely Turkey Day date at Detroit:
Chicago (whoops, left that out)
And in case you are wondering, here’s how it works … For the 10 non-division games, each team plays each non-conference division in a four-year rotation, and each in-conference division in a three-year rotation. Next year, the Patriots draw the NFC North and AFC North. The final two games are against the team that finishes in the corresponding position to their own (i.e. San Diego, Indy) in the two divisions in the conference that aren’t on the schedule.
Thought that would help anyone who ever thinks the home team is getting “screwed” by the schedule-makers.