NFL schedule has Patriots at Arizona on a Monday, followed by at Las Vegas on Sunday

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NFL teams dislike having long road trips on a short work week, but that’s exactly what the 2022 NFL schedule gave the Patriots in December.

New England is at Arizona in Week 14 for a Monday night game on December 12, and then at Las Vegas for a Sunday night game on December 18.

With that travel schedule, it’s highly likely that the Patriots will stay out West rather than flying all the way home in the wee hours of Tuesday morning, and then flying all the way back to Las Vegas the following Saturday.

As noted by Mike Reiss of ESPN, Patriots coach Bill Belichick has chosen in the past to stay out West between West Coast games, most recently when the Patriots were on the road against both Los Angeles teams in consecutive weeks in 2020. Former Patriots quarterbacks coach Jedd Fisch is currently the head coach at the University of Arizona, and so he and Belichick may arrange for the Patriots to use Arizona’s facilities for the week.

36 responses to “NFL schedule has Patriots at Arizona on a Monday, followed by at Las Vegas on Sunday

  1. Not a big deal if they’re staying out there and the team requested it anyway.

  2. I think the NFL actually did them a favor. Yeah, its a long time away from home, but plenty of time to setup remote facilities. And they are both warm weather games. Something that will be a welcome departure from the Foxboro cold of December. So the week out there will be the least of their worries. The real problem is the opponents.

  3. It’s not silly at all, especially when it invokes such long flights….
    These are big athletes playing a violent game they amasses a great deal of toll on the human body especially late in the season when rest & recuperation are critical on a daily basis let alone weekly….. & the Patriots have the 2nd worse overall rest differential (-10 days) in the entire NFL which can take yet an added strain on the players especially if they are nursing injuries which will most likely be the case by week 12 & 13…..

  4. BB will just keep them out west all that week. There us probably already someone working on preparations.

  5. This is false. The patriots requested this. They got what they requested.

  6. The Pats probably requested the league do this so they don’t have to fly cross country two times when they already knew they had to play road games in AZ and LV.

  7. The Patriots received preferential treatment for many years while Brady was their QB. Now they are being treated like every other franchise. Welcome to the NFL.

  8. Yes, the Patriots requested them back to back because Bill always plans ahead. He created a team building opportunity in December while mitigating the impact of travel.

  9. As a Patriots fan, this sounds great to me. Two games you don’t have to play in the winter elements. And of course they’re going to stay out west for the week in between. Don’t forget it’s not just the time spent in long travel; it’s also the possibility of a blizzard back east that could interfere with the travel. This is a little gift to the Pats.

  10. BB innvented staying out west back in 2014. Now, other teams have copied it.

    Another trailblazing move by BB people will either copy or ask to be made illegal.

    lol

  11. Two soft teams and easy wins for the Patriots. Especially Arizona Kyler Murray is about as overrated as they come

  12. The NFL has enabled the Patriots over the years to limit their ttavel at the expense of the West (both AFC and NFC).

  13. Wahhhhhh! My AZ Cardinals and several other teams who aren’t the darlings of the NFL deal with this all the time. Welcome to mediocrity.

  14. I thought that the NFL had it in for the Patriots and tried to put the screws to them every chance it got. Now we’re being told that BB walks into the room when the league & the networks are putting together the schedule and tells them when & where he wants to play. Why didn’t he use all that power & influence to keep his QB from being suspended and his team from losing draft picks?

  15. I would think the Pats probably make arrangements to stay out west for the week rather than travel back and forth 2 times.

  16. BB innvented staying out west back in 2014. Now, other teams have copied it.
    ——————-
    Lombardi use to do that in the 60’s when the Packers had back to back west coast games.

  17. Patriots will be already irrelevant in December, the talk will be if Kraft should fire Belichick.

  18. The writer of this column must be a pats fan. He trying to make them sound like victims, which is laughable. They asked for this request and the nfl granted it. Staying on the west or east coast consecutive weeks has been a thing for over 50 years. No one invented this in 2014. Lmao.

  19. I don’t believe Bill, when requesting the west coast games be back to back ever imagined the league would do it while also making them play 4 prime time games one right after the other….. that’s pretty darn brutal to have to deal with in addition to having to be on the road for 3 of them…

  20. Yeah. Having a 3 1/2 hour flight vs having a 2 hour flight from another location is deal breaker.

    Pretty sure the pats will be ok.

  21. It comes during the playoff push, prior to a game against a team they will likely be competing with for a playoff spot. After the debacle the Raiders had last year, and having moved into a new venue in a new city, with gambling, the NFL wants the Raiders to have some success and sell those season tickets. Remember, it’s first and foremost, and entertainment league. They have no obligation to be fair. Knowing that, why would anyone wager on games?

  22. touchback6 says:
    May 15, 2022 at 10:01 am
    BB innvented staying out west back in 2014. Now, other teams have copied it.

    Another trailblazing move by BB people will either copy or ask to be made illegal.

    lol

    ——

    Did he also invent allowing the opposing team to score a TD on each and every possession?

  23. Patriots will roll over the Cardinals. For god sake Cam Newton threw for under 100 yards and did it in 2020. Raiders however worry me. Belichick doesn’t do well against his old crew. Losses to Patricia, Vrabel, and Brady are big examples.

  24. sportsrube90 says:
    May 15, 2022 at 6:54 pm
    Yeah. Having a 3 1/2 hour flight vs having a 2 hour flight from another location is deal breaker.
    ———-
    You looked at a map lately? The flights from Providence to Phoenix or Las Vegas would be 5 ½ hours westbound and just under 5 hours coming back east. Flying from Phoenix to Vegas is about an hour. No brainer to stay out there.

  25. touchback6 says:
    May 15, 2022 at 10:01 am
    BB innvented staying out west back in 2014. Now, other teams have copied it.

    Another trailblazing move by BB people will either copy or ask to be made illegal.
    ——–
    Pretty convenient how you mentioned staying out west. Because I know west coast teams were already doing this for their east coast trips as early as 2011. So, no, nothing trailblazing here by Bill.

  26. The Arizona game will be an easy win. By that time in the schedule, the Raiders should be imploding.

  27. Did he also invent allowing the oppositing team to score a TD on each and every possession?

    +++++++++++++

    Don’t you know the reasons? He was watching when offense was on field and didn’t “do your jobs” to his defense.

    When Brady was with Patriots, he routinely talked to his defense on bench when Brady was on fields, talking about “do your jobs”. The more blah blah he repeated to his defense, the better defenders were on fields. Of course, with his laser focusing gases, Brady’s offense was often able to stay on fields for long time, so he has to “do your jobs” a lot.

  28. “That must be really difficult to travel that much.” -Seattle Seahawks

  29. Did anyone notice the recent article that listed the top ten worst fans in professional sports? And how the Red Sox, Bruins, and NE Pats were like listed as 3, 4, 5…! Now please consider the source with so many of these comments. Both the Raiders & Cardinals will welcome BB and his team. The results of the Pats loss to both will simply demonstrate that there is a new Sheriff in town.

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