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Patriots 2013 schedule is out: Jets visit New England In Week 2

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The New England Patriots 2013 NFL schedule was released on Thursday night. The Patriots open the season on the road against the Buffalo Bills and then hit primetime the following week with a Thursday night game against the New York Jets.

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The New England Patriots will play five nationally televised games in 2013 including back-to-back primetime games with the Carolina Panthers on Monday Night Football in Week 11 and the Denver Broncos on Sunday Night Football the following week.

The Patriots 2013 strength of schedule is .508, which ranks them 14th in the NFL.

Among the most anticipated games will be against the Atlanta Falcons, among the NFC's elite, and the Broncos and Ravens, who were two of the AFC's best teams in 2012.

Check out the Pats full regular season schedule:

1. Sunday, Sept. 8: at Bills (1 p.m.)
2. Thursday, Sept. 12 vs. Jets (8:25 p.m.)
3. Sunday, Sept. 22: vs. Buccaneers (1 p.m.)
4. Sunday, Sept. 29: at Falcons (8:30 p.m.)
5. Sunday, Oct. 6: at Bengals (1 p.m.)
6. Sunday, Oct. 13: vs. Saints (4:25 p.m.)
7. Sunday, Oct. 20: at Jets (1 p.m.)
8. Sunday, Oct. 27: vs. Dolphins (1 p.m.)
9. Sunday, Nov. 3: vs. Steelers (4:25 p.m.)
10. Sunday, Nov. 10: BYE
11. Monday, Nov. 18: at Panthers (8:40 p.m.)
12. Sunday, Nov. 24: vs. Broncos (8:30 p.m.)
13. Sunday, Dec. 1: at Texans (4:25 p.m.)
14. Sunday, Dec. 8: vs. Browns (1 p.m.)
15. Sunday, Dec. 15: at Dolphins (1 p.m.)
16. Sunday, Dec. 22: at Ravens (8:30 p.m.)
17. Sunday, Dec. 29: vs. Bills (1 p.m.)