The New England Patriots will not have Tom Brady as their quarterback for the first four games of the season as he serves his Deflategate suspension. The Patriots will go with backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo as their starter when they open their season in Arizona and then for three straight home games against the Dolphins, Texans, and Bills.
Patriots fans would love to go at least 3-1 in this span, but would totally accept a 2-2 record until Brady comes back. When Brady comes back, he will be looking to stick it to Roger Goodell and the rest of the league. The 2016 “Tom Brady Revenge Tour” opens in Cleveland in early October. Check out if the Tour is coming to a town near you.
Week 5: 10/9 at Cleveland Browns 1:00
Week 6: 10/16 Cincinnati Bengals 1:00
Week 7: 10/23 at Pittsburgh Steelers 4:25
Week 8: 10/30 at Buffalo Bills 1:00
Just yards away from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Tom Brady will open his Revenge Tour at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland. After dismantling the Browns, his homecoming game will be against the Bengals, a respectable AFC team. The Patriots then travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers, one of only two teams that can compete with the Patriots in the AFC. Brady will close out the first month of his tour in Buffalo, as he will take on his number one fan, Rex Ryan.
Week 9: Bye
Week 10: 10/23 Seattle Seahawks 8:30 (Sunday Night Football)
Week 11: 11/20 at San Francisco 49ers 4:25
Week 12: 11/27 at New York Jets 8:30 (Sunday Night Football)
Brady and the Patriots will finally get some prime time love, as two Sunday night games are on the slate for November. After their bye week, a Super Bowl XLIX rematch will be played in Foxborough with the Seahawks coming to Foxborough, making Patriots tickets a hotter commodity than usual. The Patriots then head west for the first time with Brady to play the 49ers near Brady’s hometown, as Levi’s Stadium is about 30 miles from where Brady grew up. Brady will then travel to visit his New York friends as the Patriots head to MetLife to play the Jets for the first time in 2016.
Week 13: 12/4 Los Angeles Rams 1:00
Week 14: Baltimore Ravens 12/12 8:30 (Monday Night Football)
Week 15: at Denver Broncos 12/18 4:25
Week 16: New York Jets 12/24 1:00
Week 17: at Miami Dolphins 1:00
The final month of the tour should be a successful one, as the Patriots are lined up to only play one playoff team from last season. After playing the Rams and Ravens at home, the Patriots travel to Denver, the city where their season ended last season. Brady will play the Broncos without longtime friend/rival Peyton Manning, but will still have to deal with Von Miller and that suffocating Broncos defense. The Patriots will finish out at home against the Jets on Christmas Eve and then cap off the revenge tour while celebrating New Year’s in Miami. If all goes as well as expected, the tour will definitely continue in January, and possibly have it’s final show in Houston in early February in front of a TV audience of over 100 million.