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2019 Preseason Patriots vs Lions: How to watch, game time, TV schedule, channels, radio, live online streaming, betting odds

All the information you need to watch the preseason opener.

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The long wait is over! Six months after the New England Patriots last stood on a football field for a competitive game — their victory in Super Bowl 53, in case you remember — the team is back: tonight, the Patriots will face the Detroit Lions on the road for both teams’ preseason opener. But while it is good to have football back and to take another step towards the real product come September, you should expect ‘football light’ today.

After all, quarterback Tom Brady is one of numerous starting-level players not expected to suit or at least see the field tonight. As a result, though, we will get a chance to watch New England’s depth and position battles up close. And with that in mind, let’s find out how to actually follow tonight’s game:

Game Information: Patriots (0-0) at Lions (0-0)

Date: Thursday, August 8, 2019

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET

Location: Ford Field, Detroit MI

SB Nation affiliate: Pride of Detroit

The Patriots provide an in-depth breakdown on their website.


Network: Patriots Preseason Network

Broadcast team: Bob Socci (play-by-play), Scott Zolak (color commentary), Rob Ninkovich (sideline), Steve Burton (sideline)

The Patriots Preseason Network is available in all New England states as well as Alaska and Hawaii:

  • Boston MA: WBZ-TV (Channel 4)
  • Springfield MA: WWLP-TV (Channel 22)
  • New Haven CT: WTNH-TV (Channel 8)
  • Portland ME: WMTW-TV (Channel 8)
  • Bangor ME: WVII-TV (Channel 7)
  • Manchester NH: WMUR-TV (Channel 9)
  • Providence RI: WPRI-TV (Channel 12)
  • Burlington VT: WCAX-TV (Channel 3)

For additional stations, please check out the broadcast information on


Station: 98.5 FM The Sports Hub

Broadcast team: Dan Roche (play-by-play) and Matt Chatham (color commentary)

98.5 FM is available through the following stations:

  • Boston MA: WBZ 98.5 FM
  • Springfield MA: WAQY 102.1 FM
  • Worcester MA: WWFX 100.1 FM
  • Milford MA: WMRC 101.3 FM / 1490 AM
  • Portland ME: WBLM 102.9 FM
  • Bangor ME: WEZQ 92.9 FM
  • Hartford CT: WTIC 1080 AM
  • Concord NH: WNNH 99.1 FM
  • Burlington VT: WCPV 101.3 FM
  • Providence RI: WPRO 630 AM

For additional stations, please check out the broadcast information on

Online streaming

Local live streaming: Fans from the local market area can watch the game live on or in the Patriots App.

International live streaming: The Patriots provide streams in three nations abroad:

You can also stream the game by using NFL Game Pass (international viewers only).


Line: Patriots -1

Over/Under: 35

For more betting information, please visit SB Nations’ Betting Section.

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