With the 2014 NFL regular season drawing to a close on Sunday night, the 2015 schedule has opened.
And while the dates have yet to be determined, the teams the New England Patriots will face during the 2015 regular season have been.
At Gillette Stadium next season, the Patriots will host the Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins and New York Jets of the AFC East, as well as non-divisional teams in the Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans and Pittsburgh Steelers, and non-conference teams in the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins.
Of those teams, only the AFC North’s 11-5 Steelers have earned a playoff spot this postseason. The Bills finished 9-7 by defeating the Patriots in Week 17, while the Dolphins finished 8-8, the Jets 4-12, the Jaguars 3-13, the Titans 2-14, the Eagles 10-6 and the Redskins 4-12.
On the road in 2015, New England will face the divisional opponents in the Bills, Dolphins and Jets, along with the Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts and the Denver Broncos around the conference spectrum. The Patriots will also travel to the NFC to meet the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants.
The Colts, Broncos and Cowboys have all made the 2014 playoff circuit with records of 11-5, 12-4 and 12-4, respectively. The Texans finished 9-7 while the Giants finished 6-10.