Doesn't this schedule favor Denver, not the Pats.
Someone already pointed out the fact they are facing a more rested opponent than the Broncos, but that was partially because of what teams won this weekend.
Where the Broncos get the real advantage is in the Championship weekend. Really losing one day after the bye is nothing, but if they are hosting the AFC Championship game they get an extra day to rest and prepare for either the Pats and Texans who have to travel to Denver. That is a far bigger advantage than the Pats are getting this weekend.
Do you guys really manufacturer controversies involving the Patriots? The schedules were set well in advance of the league knowing who would be the #1 or #2 seed in the conference.