The New England Patriots are the Super Bowl XLIX champions. That earned them the Lombardi Trophy, a parade throughout snow-ravaged Boston and a ton of air time. It also gives them the opportunity to host the 2015 NFL Kickoff on Thursday, September 10 to open up the regular season. While we do not know whom the Patriots will face on that evening, it is rather easy to at least narrow down the possibilities.
Like all 32 NFL teams, the regular season schedule offers three home games against divisional foes as well as five additional home games. For the Pats, that means that they will obviously host the Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins and New York Jets from the AFC East. They will also welcome the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans from the AFC South, the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins from the NFC East and the Pittsburgh Steelers in the team’s lone home matchup against an opponent residing in the AFC North.