Never too early to look to '12

As part of the NFL's schedule rotation, all but two of the Patriots' opponents for 2012 were known. The home and away, however, had yet to be finalized on non-division games until today.

Here is how 2012 breaks down:

Home: 49ers, Bills, Cardinals, Colts, Dolphins, Jets, Texans, 1 AFC West team (based on 2011 final standings)

Away: Bills, Dolphins, Jaguars, Jets, Rams, Seahawks, Titans, 1 AFC North team (based on final standings)

(This post was updated at 6 p.m. as it originally had the home and away schedule flipped.)