Patriots schedule announced, opening at Buffalo

Ken Bell

kbell@abc6.com

Patriots news release…

PATRIOTS 2013 SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED

Patriots to appear on five nationally-televised games, including a Thursday night game vs. the New York Jets

 

     
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The National Football League announced the 2013
regular season schedule tonight and the New England Patriots and their
fans learned that the team will be featured in at least five
nationally-televised games during the regular season, including a
Thursday night game at Gillette Stadium against the New York Jets on
Sept. 12 at 8:25 p.m. on NFL Network.

     
Last season, the Patriots traveled to face the Jets in a Thursday game
on Thanksgiving night at MetLife Stadium and earned a 49-19 victory.
Three of the last four Thursday games for the Patriots have been against
the New York Jets, with a home game in 2008, the Thanksgiving night
game in 2012 and this year's game on Sept. 12.

     
The Patriots will be featured in four other prime time games, including
three NBC Sunday Night Football contests and one ESPN Monday Night
Football game. On Sept. 29, the Patriots will make their season debut on
NBC when they travel to face the NFC South champion and conference
runner-up Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome at 8:30 p.m. The Patriots
will play back-to-back games on national television when they travel to
Carolina to face the Panthers on Monday Night Football on Nov. 18 at
8:40 p.m. followed by their second Sunday Night Football game when they
host Denver on Nov. 24 at 8:30 p.m.  The Patriots will also travel to
face Baltimore in a rematch of the 2011 and 2012 AFC Championship Games
in a Sunday night contest on Dec. 22 at 8:30 p.m. The two teams met last
season in a Week 3 matchup on Sunday Night Football with Baltimore
taking a 31-30 decision.

     
In addition to the five nationally-televised games, the Patriots will
be the featured game of the week three times. New England will host New
Orleans on Oct. 13 at 4:25 p.m. on FOX, host the Pittsburgh Steelers on
Nov. 3 at 4:25 p.m. on CBS and then travel to face the Houston Texans on
Dec. 1 at 4:25 p.m.  on CBS. The Houston game will be New England's
only game played outside of the eastern time zone.

     
Six of the Patriots' 16 games will be against teams that finished with a
winning percentage of .500 or better in 2012, including five playoff
teams – Baltimore, Cincinnati, Denver, Houston and Atlanta. The Atlanta,
Baltimore, Cincinnati and Houston games will be on the road.

     
While the Patriots will not play against Indianapolis, breaking a
streak of 10 consecutive seasons in which the non-division teams have
played, a new rivalry against a familiar foe will take place for the
second straight season. QB Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos will
come to Gillette Stadium on Nov. 24 for a Sunday Night Football game.
Tom Brady and Manning will square off for the 14th time in their careers. Brady holds a 9-4 advantage over Manning in regular season (7-3) and postseason play (2-1). 

     
The Patriots will play each of the other AFC East rivals twice and will
play one game against each of the AFC North and NFC South teams. As the
AFC East Champions, the Patriots will play the 2012 division winners of
the AFC West (Denver) and the AFC South (Houston).

 

 

 

PATRIOTS 2013 SCHEDULE WEEK-BY-WEEK

     
The New England Patriots will open the season with three out of the
first five games on the road. They kick off the regular season away from
Gillette Stadium for the third straight season when they travel to
Buffalo to face the Bills on Sept. 8 at 1:00 p.m. It will be the ninth
time in team history that the Patriots open the season against Buffalo
and the first since a 2009 Monday Night Football game at Gillette
Stadium when Tom Brady threw two touchdown passes in the final five
minutes to rally from a 24-13 deficit for a 25-24 victory.

     
New England will open a two-game home stretch when they host the New
York Jets on the NFL Network's Thursday Night Football on Sept. 12 at
8:25 p.m. After staying at the confines of Gillette Stadium to face
Tampa Bay on Sept. 22 at 1:00 p.m., the Patriots will return to national
television when they travel to face Atlanta on Sunday night on Sept. 29
at 8:30 p.m., followed by a trip to Cincinnati on Oct. 6. at 1:00 p.m.

     
The Patriots return home to face New Orleans on Oct. 13 in a late
afternoon game before a rematch with the Jets on Oct. 20 at MetLife
Stadium at 1:00 pm. Following the Jets game, the Patriots will not
travel for almost an entire month. New England returns from the road
game against the Jets and have their second two-game home stretch by
hosting  Miami on Oct. 27 at 1:00 p.m. and Pittsburgh on Nov. 3 at 4:25
p.m. and then will have a Bye Week on Nov. 10.

     
After the Bye Week, the Patriots will play in two straight
nationally-televised games. New England will play their only Monday
Night Football game when they face the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte on
Nov. 18 at 8:40 p.m. and then return home to face Denver in a Sunday
Night Football game on Nov. 24 at 8:30 p.m. Last season, the Patriots
also had a two-game stretch on national television when they hosted
Houston on Monday Night Football followed by a Sunday Night Football
game against San Francisco.

     
Three of the final five games will be played on the road. The Patriots
travel to Houston to face the AFC South Champions on Dec. 1 at 4:25
p.m., before returning to Gillette Stadium to play Cleveland on Dec. 8
at 1:00 p.m. The Patriots will be on the road against Miami on Dec. 15
at 1:00 p.m. followed by a trip to Baltimore for a Sunday Night game
against the Ravens on Dec. 22 at 8:30 p.m. The Patriots will close out
the regular season schedule at home for the fourth straight season when
they host Buffalo on Dec. 29 at 1:00 p.m., the same team the Patriots
the season with. It will mark the fifth time in team history that they
will open and close the season against the same opponent and the first
time it will occur since opening and closing the season against Buffalo
in 2003. It has also happened in 1987 against Miami, 1981 against the
Baltimore Colts and in 1974 against Miami.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2013 PATRIOTS PRESEASON SCHEDULE

Date                               
Opponent                  Time                                     
Affiliate                    Network     

Friday, Aug. 9             at   Philadelphia                7:30 p.m.               WBZ          Patriots Preseason Network

Friday, Aug. 16              Tampa Bay               8:00 p.m.             WFXT       FOX (Nationally Televised)

Thursday, Aug. 22       at   Detroit                       7:30 p.m.               WBZ          Patriots Preseason Network

Thursday, Aug. 29             New York Giants         7:30 p.m.               WBZ          Patriots Preseason Network

 

 

2013 PATRIOTS REGULAR SEASON

Date                               
Opponent                  Time                     Affiliate      
Network                        

Sunday, Sept. 8           at   Buffalo                       1:00 p.m. ET          WBZ             CBS

Thursday, Sept. 12         New York Jets         8:25 p.m. ET        TBD             NFL Network

Sunday, Sept. 22               Tampa Bay                 1:00 p.m. ET          WFXT           FOX

Sunday, Sept. 29      at   Atlanta                     8:30 p.m. ET        WHDH         NBC

Sunday, Oct. 6            at   Cincinnati                   1:00 p.m. ET          WBZ             CBS

Sunday, Oct. 13                New Orleans               4:25 p.m. ET          WFXT           FOX

Sunday, Oct. 20          at   New York Jets            1:00 p.m. ET          WBZ             CBS

Sunday, Oct. 27                Miami                         1:00 p.m. ET          WBZ             CBS

Sunday, Nov. 3                 Pittsburgh                   4:25 p.m. ET          WBZ             CBS

Sunday, Nov. 10               BYE WEEK

Monday, Nov. 18      at   Carolina                   8:40 p.m. ET        TBD             ESPN

Sunday, Nov. 24             Denver                     8:30 p.m. ET        WHDH         NBC*

Sunday, Dec. 1           at   Houston                     4:25 p.m. ET          WBZ             CBS*

Sunday, Dec. 8                 Cleveland                   1:00 p.m. ET          WBZ             CBS*

Sunday, Dec. 15          at   Miami                         1:00 p.m. ET          WBZ             CBS*

Sunday, Dec. 22       at   Baltimore                 8:30 p.m. ET        WHDH         NBC*

Sunday, Dec. 29                Buffalo                       1:00 p.m. ET          WBZ             CBS*

*-Game time and network subject to possible flexible scheduling adjustment.

Bold indicates nationally televised games

 

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