The 2013 preseason begins tonight for the Patriots and Eagles in Philadelphia.
It’s the first time the Patriots will be back in uniform since last season’s AFC title game loss to the Baltimore Ravens, the eventual Super Bowl champions.
This Patriots team will feature at least four new offensive starters, given offseason departures and injuries. New wide receiver Danny Amendola fills in for Wes Welker, who signed with the Denver Broncos, and rookie receiver Aaron Dobson will take Brandon Lloyd’s spot after he was cut.
The team figures to have a tight end and right guard in place tonight to to fill in for injuries to Rob Gronkowski (back) and Dan Connolly (shoulder).
The Patriots will also likely feature two new starters on defense in defensive tackle Tommy Kelly and strong safety Adrian Wilson, both free agent pickups.
This is the 21st preseason meeting between the two teams, including last year’s 27-17 Eagles victory. The all-time preseason series is split at 10 games apiece.
Here are the details for tonight’s game:
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.
Preseason records: Patriots 0-0 regular season; Eagles 0-0 regular season.
TV/Radio info: WBZ-TV and the Patriots Preseason Television Network (Dan Roche, Christian Fauria, Matt Chatham, Steve Burton, Paul Perillo, Andy Hart); 98.5-FM The Sports Hub (Bob Socci, Scott Zolak).
Projected starting lineups:
Based on information distributed to the media, practice observations, and injuries for each team.
Patriots offense: WR Danny Amendola, LT Nate Solder, LG Logan Mankins, C Ryan Wendell, RG Will Svitek, RT Sebastian Vollmer, TE Jake Ballard, WR Aaron Dobson, QB Tom Brady, RB Stevan Ridley, TE Michael Hoomanawanui.
Patriots defense: NT Vince Wilfork, DT Tommy Kelly, DE Chandler Jones, DE Rob Ninkovich, LB Dont’a Hightower, LB Jerod Mayo, LB Brandon Spikes, CB Aqib Talib, CB Alfonzo Dennard, S Devin McCourty, S Adrian Wilson.
Eagles offense: WR Riley Cooper, LT Jason Peters, LG Evan Mathis, C Jason Kelce, RG Todd Herremans, RT Lane Johnson, TE Brent Celek, TE James Casey, WR DeSean Jackson, RB LeSean McCoy, QB Michael Vick.
Eagles defense: DE Cedric Thornton, NT Isaac Sopoaga, DE Fletcher Cox, OLB Connor Barwin, ILB DeMeco Ryans, ILB Mychal Kendricks, OLB Trent Cole, LCB Bradley Fletcher, RCB Cary Williams, SS Nate Allen, FS Patrick Chung.