The NFL released its 2012 preseason schedule on Wednesday, and the New England Patriots will begin their preseason slate by hosting the New Orleans Saints in Week 1.
The Patriots' preseason schedule continues in Week 2 when the Patriots host the Philadelphia Eagles in a nationally televised game. New England finishes its preseason schedule with road games against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New York Giants. The latter meeting, which concludes New England's preseason, is of course a rematch of the Super Bowl.
The entire New England Patriots preseason schedule 2012 follows:
Week 1 (Aug 9-13): vs. New Orleans Saints
Week 2 (Aug. 16-20): vs. Philadelphia Eagles on Aug. 20, nationally televised at 8 p.m. on ESPN
Week 3 (Aug. 23-26): at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Week 4 (Aug. 29-30): at New York Giants
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