New England Patriots will travel far in 2016 season

The NFL is keeping its rotating schedule format in place for the 2016 season, which locks in all but two of the New England Patriots' opponents.

One theme is that the Patriots will be racking up some frequent flier miles in '16 as there are road dates with Arizona and San Francisco, as well as a trip to face the AFC West team that finishes in the same spot in the standings this year.

Here is the breakdown:

Home games in 2016: Ravens, Bengals, Rams, Seahawks, AFC South team finishing in same spot in standings; Bills, Dolphins, Jets

Road games in 2016: Browns, Steelers, Cardinals, 49ers, AFC West team finishing in same spot in standings, Bills, Dolphins, Jets