2019 Schedule Thread

DeadlySplitter

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"The Patriots will face the Browns in Week 8, Ravens in Week 9 and Eagles in Week 11 when those teams are coming off their bye. New England is coming off its own bye as well against Philadelphia, but Brian Burke, of ESPN's Sports Analytics department, notes that the Patriots have the worst net rest-day differential of any team in 2019 at minus-13." - Reiss
 

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Anyone go to the Washington game back in 2011? That seems like a potential road trip. Great time of year, could do touristy things in DC, etc.
Disagree with earlier comments.

You want to go to DC, go to DC. You want to go to a Pats game, go to a Pats game. Don’t mingle the two.

Lived there for 15 years went to last two Pats games and multiple others and here’s what you need to know:

- its an absolute shit show to get in and out; it makes Foxboro look easy
- your ticket will prob be cheap on secondary market because they always are, as fans are fair weather; but then your options are to pay more for a parking pass than the tickets or ride in on a shuttle from a local shopping mall; it’s got like 1/4 or 1/3 of capacity to park than put an ass in seat. I went to probably a couple dozen over the years and we alway asked vendors for parking passes, not tickets. We knew we could get tickets for cheap.
- The stadium is a shit hole and sight lines suck. It’s like they watched an ‘obstructed view’ YouTube tutorial.

If you want to see DC, go, well, now for Cherry Blossom season. Avoid during summer its suffering heat and humidity. Fall is great too, I agree with that. Avoid winter, no one knows how to drive in weather there.

There’s far more to do in DC than making it about the Pats game and burning a day on that. Go to the museums and monuments. Go eat at great restaurants. Take the Metro and see how a clean subway system works and take it around. See Georgetown, the Mall, Old Town, mount Vernon, Capital Hill, Foggy Bottom, etc. go play chess in DuPont circle. don’t fly down to spend three hours sitting on 495 in traffic to park at best Buy and take an airport shuttle to the game sitting behind a support beam in a half empty stadium to only repeat it to get back to your hotel.
 

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"The Patriots will face the Browns in Week 8, Ravens in Week 9 and Eagles in Week 11 when those teams are coming off their bye. New England is coming off its own bye as well against Philadelphia, but Brian Burke, of ESPN's Sports Analytics department, notes that the Patriots have the worst net rest-day differential of any team in 2019 at minus-13." - Reiss
 

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Cool thanks. Unfortunately both my siblings are due to have their first kids in the first week of October... was originally planning a group trip, that won't be happening now.
I was at that game in 2011 too, but I guess I had a different experience - besides Gronk's total domination. Long walk from the Metro to the stadium, threatening drunken bro atmosphere (including Pats fans), fights breaking out, FedEx is a relative dump...and I was on the Club level with another friend, so no kids, etc. I've been with supposedly rough soccer crowds at some European soccer matches, and the concourse at halftime and the sections around me at that game felt like the most likely place for a riot to break out.

DC is great to visit - and I love Sox games at Camden, but I don't think I'd go back to FedEx field (though I've moved further away since then, so that's easier to say).
 

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I like this schedule quite a bit.

I suppose there is the concern that it would be better to get the first five games out of the way against good teams so that the Pats rack up there inevitable early season losses to teams that are not doormats, but the other option is palatable as well: Pats survive the wet fart games of September and run the table.
 

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I was at that game in 2011 too, but I guess I had a different experience - besides Gronk's total domination. Long walk from the Metro to the stadium, threatening drunken bro atmosphere (including Pats fans), fights breaking out, FedEx is a relative dump...and I was on the Club level with another friend, so no kids, etc. I've been with supposedly rough soccer crowds at some European soccer matches, and the concourse at halftime and the sections around me at that game felt like the most likely place for a riot to break out.

DC is great to visit - and I love Sox games at Camden, but I don't think I'd go back to FedEx field (though I've moved further away since then, so that's easier to say).
I've lived in the DC area now for 25+ yrs. I went to the Pats game at Fed Ex the time before 2011, so must have been 2003. It was the game before they started the 19 game win streak, so I saw a rare loss that season. It also convinced me never to see another NFL game there, the experience sucked.