Patriots 2013 Preseason Opponents Announced

New England Patriots Release


The New England Patriots' 2013 preseason opponents
were announced today. The Patriots will open on the road against the
Philadelphia Eagles, followed by a nationally-televised home contest vs.
the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, slated for Friday, Aug. 16 at 8:00 p.m. on
FOX. The Patriots will then travel to Detroit to play the Lions and
return home to close out the preseason against New York Giants.


New England will open on the road at Philadelphia during the first week
of the preseason. The Patriots last opened the preseason on the road in
2009, coincidentally at Philadelphia. The Patriots and Eagles have been
frequent preseason opponents with 20 previous preseason matchups. Last
season, the Patriots and Eagles met in the preseason on Monday Night
Football with Philadelphia taking a 27-17 win at Gillette Stadium on
Aug. 20.


The Patriots will then play their first home game of the 2013 season
when they host the Buccaneers on Friday, Aug. 16, in a
nationally-televised game on FOX. The Patriots and Buccaneers will meet
in the preseason for the third straight year after New England traveled
to Tampa Bay in 2011 and 2012. Last season, the teams held two days of
joint practices before playing a preseason contest that was won by Tampa
Bay, 30-28, on Aug. 24, just four days after the Patriots played
Philadelphia in a Monday Night game. Tampa Bay will also travel to face
New England in the regular season, marking the Buccaneers' first regular
season game at Gillette Stadium since a 28-0 loss to the Patriots in


The Patriots will travel to Detroit for a preseason game for the second
time in three seasons. The Patriots played their third preseason game
in 2011 in Detroit, losing 34-10 to the Lions on Aug. 27.


The Patriots and Giants will play each other in the preseason finale for the ninth straight season and for the 23rd
time overall in the preseason, the most frequent preseason opponent for
New England. Last season, the Giants beat the Patriots, 6-3, at MetLife
Stadium on Aug. 29, 2012.


The specific dates and times of New England's games against
Philadelphia, Detroit and the New York Giants will be announced at a
later date.



Opponent                                Time                   TV

Week 1*                    at   Philadelphia Eagles                     TBA*                   Patriots Preseason Network

Friday, Aug. 16                 Tampa Bay Buccaneers              8:00 p.m.             FOX

Week 3*                    at   Detroit Lions                              TBA*                   Patriots Preseason Network

Week 4*                          New York Giants                        TBA*                   Patriots Preseason Network

*-Specific date and time TBA