Feel free to continue discussing the playoffs in the 2005 season thread, but I'm starting the 2006 season thread now for news affecting that season. First item is that the NFL posted the [link=http://www.nfl.com/schedules/tv/2006_opponents#schedule]skeleton schedules[/link] today. Here's what's facing the Patriots, other than the obvious division opponents: Home: Houston, Indianapolis, Chicago, Detroit, Denver Road: Jacksonville, Tennessee, Green Bay, Minnesota, Cincinatti First thing that strikes me looking at this lineup is that the 2006 schedule will be considerably easier than 2005 because of the presence of Houston, Detroit, Tennessee, and Green Bay, all of whom failed to win even 6 games in 2005, and Minnesota, who will likely be still adjusting to a new coach when the Patriots face them. Second is the very likely possibility of a Bears/Pats Super Bowl rematch. If the Patriots win the Super Bowl in that case, that game could very well be the Thursday night opener.