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Patriots may kick off 2016 season in Denver

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Patriots may kick off 2016 season in Denver

To the victors go the spoils. And in the case of the Super Bowl champion, the "spoils" involve hosting the Thursday night kickoff to the next NFL season.

In 2015, that team was the New England Patriots. They won't get to host it in 2016 . . . but they may still be involved.

The Patriots are scheduled to play in Denver next season, and they would appear to be the most attractive opponent on the Broncos' home schedule . . . making them a likely choice to play the Broncos in the Thursday night opener.

Denver's other seven home foes are the Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, New York Jets, New York Giants, Dallas Cowboys and Cincinnati Bengals. The Chiefs and Bengals were both playoff teams this year, and the Cowboys and Giants have large national followings. But Denver-New England has emerged as the AFC's top rivalry over the last three seasons, and -- especially if Peyton Manning decides not to retire, setting up yet another matchup with Tom Brady -- the Pats would seem to be the logical choice.

If not, it's almost certain that Pats-Broncos will be either a Sunday night game, or a late-afternoon CBS game, during the television sweeps month of November. When the Patriots and Colts were the AFC's two best teams in the 2000s, they met almost annually in November. And once, in 2004, they played in the Thursday night kickoff game in Foxboro.

NFL Rumors: Patriots in consideration to host 2022 NFL Draft in Boston

NFL Rumors: Patriots in consideration to host 2022 NFL Draft in Boston

Could the NFL's biggest spectacle outside the Super Bowl be coming to the City of Champions?

The league is considering Boston as one of its potential host cities for the 2022 NFL Draft, NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday night. 

"My understanding is what the NFL wants to do is go a little city, big city, and kind of alternate,” Rapoport said. “Obviously Nashville (in 2019) and then Vegas next, they’re basically saving a spot for a bigger city.

"And some of the ones that have been mentioned to me: Boston, potentially, with the Patriots hosting, that would be one. Washington, D.C., with the Redskins. Maybe Houston with the Texans, although usually these are reserved for teams that do not host Super Bowls. But figure that (2022) spot is saved for one of the bigger NFL cities."

The NFL has venues set for the 2020 (Las Vegas), 2021 (Cleveland) and 2023 (Kansas City) drafts, but according to Rapoport is eyeing a bigger NFL market for the 2022 draft. Boston would fit that mold, as the defending champion Patriots are one of the league's most visible teams.

Where in Boston the draft would take place is a different question, as the event has shifted to open-air venues in recent years after being held indoors at Radio City Music Hall in New York.

TD Garden is an obvious indoor candidate, while City Hall Plaza, the site of several Patriots Super Bowl send-off parties and championship rallies, could be an outdoor possibility. The Boston Common is one of the largest public gathering spaces in the city and might be considered an option.

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Duron Harmon dresses as Jon Snow of 'Game of Thrones' in hilarious Instagram post

Duron Harmon dresses as Jon Snow of 'Game of Thrones' in hilarious Instagram post

Duron Harmon is a massive "Game of Thrones" fan, but what did the Patriots safety think of the series finale?

The answer to that question will have to wait until Harmon's recap this Sunday, which he previewed with a hilarious Instagram post showing him dressed as one of the show's main characters, Jon Snow.

See for yourself below:

That's dedication.

Prior to last week's series finale, Harmon gave his prediction on how the show would end. Since his prediction didn't come true, it'll be interesting to see what he thought of the series' polarizing ending.

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