Patriots’ three preseason opponents are set, dates are still TBD

The NFL announced the New England Patriots’ 2022 schedule with times and dates for every week until the final game of the season. And though those times are subject to change — based upon the NFL’s flexible broadcast schedule — it’s a big moment to see exactly how the schedule will lay out.

The less ceremonious part of the schedule release is the layout of the preseason. So far, we don’t actually have the times or dates — just the list of opponents. But it’s an interesting list. New England has its annual appointment with the New York Giants — an ongoing tradition. Earlier this offseason, coach Matt Rhule confirmed the Patriots and Carolina Panthers would conduct joint practices and play each other in the preseason.

 
WEEK DATE/TIME OPPONENT TICKETS
Preseason Week 1 TBD New York Giants TICKETS
Preseason Week 2 TBD Carolina Panthers TICKETS
Preseason Week 3 TBD at Las Vegas Raiders TICKETS

And it also makes perfect sense that the Patriots would match up against the Las Vegas Raiders, with coach Josh McDaniels taking over the team for his first season. The one oddity is that the Patriots and Raiders play during the season — so teams are sometimes cagey against teams they’ll actually face. But perhaps there is already so much familiarity between the teams that they figure it won’t make much of a difference.

But that will make for two sets of joint practices in the final weeks of training camp.

Patriots pull Ernie Adams out of retirement to help with schedule release

Former New England Patriots director of football research Ernie Adams took some time out of his retirement to help the team with the schedule release on Thursday. Adams, a mystery man who seemed keey to the Patriots’ longstanding successes, joined the Patriots digital team to walk fans through the entirety of the schedule release.

In the video posted a 8 p.m. on the night of the schedule release, Adams discusses all 17 games to come in the 2022 season. It’s pretty entertaining to hear the quirky former director of football research share a few thoughts on every one of the Patriots’ matchups. Check it out.

 

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