FOXBOROUGH, MA — The New England Patriots 2020 schedule was released by the NFL Thursday night. The Patriots, playing without Tom Brady for the first time in two decades, face far greater uncertainty than just not having their longtime quarterback.
The NFL is scheduled to begin its regular season Thursday, Sept. 10, although coronavirus concerns make that nothing more than a target. The preseason is scheduled to begin in mid-August. The NBA and NHL seasons are still in the midst of indefinite suspensions, while reports say the MLB is targeting an early July start.
The Patriots 2020 schedule is as follows:
- Aug. 13-17: vs. Detroit Lions (preseason)
- Aug. 20-24: vs. Carolina Panthers (preseason)
- Aug. 27-30: at Philadelphia Eagles (preseason)
- Sept. 3-4: New York Giants (preseason)
- Sept. 13: vs. Miami Dolphins, 1
- Sept. 20: at Seattle Seahawks, 8:20
- Sept. 27: vs. Las Vegas Raiders, 1
- Oct. 4: at Kansas City Chiefs, 4:25
- Oct. 11: vs. Denver Broncos, 1
- Oct. 25: vs. San Francisco, 4:25
- Nov. 1: at Buffalo Bills, 1
- Nov. 9: at New York Jets, 8:15
- Nov. 15: vs. Baltimore Ravens, 8:20
- Nov. 22: at Houston Texans, 1
- Nov. 29: vs. Arizona Cardinals, 1
- Dec. 6: at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:25
- Dec. 10: at Los Angeles Rams, 8:20
- Dec. 20: at Miami Dolphins, 1
- Dec. 28: vs. Buffalo, 8:15
- Jan. 3: vs. New York Jets, 1
- The bye week will be Week 6.
- The regular season will begin Sept. 13 as the team hosts the Miami Dolphins.
- The Patriots will visit the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs Oct. 4.
- Jimmy Garoppolo will lead the San Francisco 49ers in his return to Gillette Stadium Oct. 25.
The Patriots don't play Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but fans will have plenty of opportunities to watch their old quarterback. The Buccaneers have five primetime games — the same number as New England. Tampa Bay is scheduled to play in New England in 2021.