New England Patriots 2011 Schedule Set, With Pats Facing Dolphins In Week 1

The official New England Patriots schedule for the 2011 NFL season was released Tuesday night, with the Pats opening up against the Miami Dolphins on the road on September 12, 2011. The game will be aired on ESPN's Monday Night Football. Read more at Pats Pulpit.

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Patriots 2011 Schedule Highlighted By Four Primetime Games, Including MNF In Week 1

If you like watching the Patriots on television, you're in luck -- New England is featured in four primetime games as part of the 2011 NFL schedule that was released Tuesday night, as well as eight games in the 4:15 p.m. ET Sunday time slot (the Pats have just four 1 p.m. starts all season). 

The primetime schedule begins in Week 1, when the Patriots travel to the Miami Dolphins for the Monday Night Football opener (7 p.m., ESPN). New England has back-to-back primetime games in November, playing at the new York Jets Sunday night (Week 10) and then hosting the Kansas City Chiefs the following Monday night (Week 11). Their annual matchup with the Colts, this one in Gillette Stadium, is also a Sunday night affair. 

Overall, the Patriots have the 16th toughest schedule, playing opponents that went a combined 129-127 in 2010, and a bye in Week 7, which is almost a best-case scenario.  So what's the toughest stretch?

Three of first four on the road to start the season isn't easy, but the most difficult portion of the 2011 schedule will likely be the six games right after the bye: at Steelers (12-4 in 2010), Giants (10-6), at Jets (11-5), Chiefs (10-6), at Eagles (10-6) and Colts (10-6). Of those six teams, only the Giants didn't make the playoffs last season. 

The easiest stretch is probably the last few weeks: at Redskins, at Broncos, and then home for the Dolphins and Bills

 

And for those keeping track at home, the Patriots will travel a total of 14,610 miles, but that includes just two trips west of Pennsylvania (Denver and Oakland). In fact, between Weeks 5 and 15, the furthest the Pats will travel is Pittsburgh.

The full schedule is below, courtesy of NFL.com:

Wk Date Matchup TV Time
1 Mon, Sept. 12 at Miami Dolphins ESPN 7 p.m.
2 Sun, Sept. 18 vs. San Diego Chargers CBS 4:15 p.m.
3 Sun, Sept. 25 at Buffalo Bills CBS 1 p.m.
4 Sun, Oct. 2 at Oakland Raiders CBS 4:15 p.m.
5 Sun, Oct. 9 vs. New York Jets CBS 4:15 p.m.
6 Sun, Oct. 16 vs. Dallas Cowboys FOX 4:15 p.m.
7 Bye
8 Sun, Oct. 30 at Pittsburgh Steelers CBS 4:15 p.m.
9 Sun, Nov. 6 vs. New York Giants FOX 4:15 p.m.
10 Sun, Nov. 13 at New York Jets NBC 8:20 p.m.
11 Mon, Nov. 21 vs. Kansas City Chiefs ESPN 8:30 p.m.
12 Sun, Nov. 27 at Philadelphia Eagles CBS 4:15 p.m.
13 Sun, Dec. 4 vs. Indianapolis Colts NBC 8:20 p.m.
14 Sun, Dec. 11 at Washington Redskins CBS 1 p.m.
15 Sun, Dec. 18 at Denver Broncos CBS 4:15 p.m.
16 Sat, Dec. 24 vs. Miami Dolphins CBS 1 p.m.
17 Sun, Jan. 1 vs. Buffalo Bills CBS 1 p.m.

 

Don't forget, the Sunday games in Weeks 11-17 can be "flexed" by the league into primetime and possibly the late-afternoon 4:15 p.m. slots.

 

Visit SBNation.com for every 2011 NFL schedule. For more coverage of the New England Patriots, check out Pats Pulpit and SB Nation Boston.

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New England Patriots 2011 Schedule Includes Three Road Games In First Month

The official releases of the 2011 New England Patriots schedule is not until 7 p.m. Tuesday night, but little by little, parts of it continue to leak out.

We'e already learned that the Pats will be hosting AFC East Divisional rival New York Jets in Week 5, and now, via tweets from the Patriots' official Twitter account, we know that not only will New England open the 2011 season on the road, but three of its first four games will be away from Gillette Stadium. 

Through the power of deduction and basic math, that means that the Patriots will have seven of their final 12 games at home, where they haven't lost a regular season game since Nov. 30, 2008. And that one loss was with Matt Cassel at quarterback. With a healthy Tom Brady, the Pats have not lost in the regular season at Gillette since Nov. of 2006 (28 straight, counting the Chiefs game).

From 2006-10, the Patriots lead the league with a 34-6 mark at home. In fact, since 2000, New England is 61-19 (.763) at home, the best mark in the NFL during that time (the Colts are 60-20). 

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