Aug 7, 2012; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) warms up during a joint practice with the New Orleans Saints at the teams practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-US PRESSWIRE
The Patriots kickoff their 2012 preseason with the New Orleans Saints on Aug. 9 at Gillette Stadium.
The Patriots and Saints have held joint practices this week leading up to the game. The Saints have already played one preseason contest, defeating the Arizona Cardinals, 17-10, in the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio on Aug. 5. The Patriots will be looking to make it back to the Super Bowl this season after losing to the Giants in the big game last year. The Saints would also like to make it back to the Super Bowl as New Orleans will host the game this season.
The Patriots have not played a preseason game yet and starters such as Tom Brady will likely be limited to one series in the game if he does play. The offensive line has not looked very good in preseason practice for New England. Patriots fans should see plenty of quarterback Ryan Mallett no matter what Brady's status is.
The Saints looked great against Arizona under the direction of Drew Brees, who was 4-of-5 for 41 yards on the only drive he played in which ended with a touchdown. Brees' backup, Chase Daniel, will get the majority of the snaps on Thursday but Brees might play a little more than he did in the opener.
Game Date/Time: Thursday, Aug. 9; 4:05pm ET.
Location: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.
National: NFL RedZone
Local, Patriots: WBZ
Local, Saints: CST/FOX WVUE
TV Distribution Map: The506.com
Saints: WWL 870 AM