The NFL released the exhibition schedule this afternoon, minus most dates and times, assuming that the lockout will be resolved.
Patriots games are as follows:
Aug. 11-15.....HOME vs. Jacksonville, Time TBA
Aug. 18-22.....AT Tampa Bay, Time TBA
Aug. 27.....AT Detroit, 8 p.m. (CBS national television)
Sept 1-2.......HOME vs Giants, Time TBA
NOTE: The exact dates of the games besides Detroit are not yet definite, according to the Patriots, despite the dates the NFL released earlier.
- This will mark the seventh straight year the Patriots and Giants have squared off.
- In the all important third game, when the starters usually play into the second half, the Patriots' defense should get a nice test from the Lions offense. Also, this will be played inside and on turf so that factor into how much pounding Bill Belichick will want his starters to take.