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Patriots finalize 2020 preseason schedule

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New England is slated for four Thursday night exhibitions.

NFL: AUG 22 Preseason - Panthers at Patriots Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The New England Patriots’ 2020 preseason now stands with its dates and times.

New England is scheduled to open the summer with a 7:30 p.m. ET kickoff on Aug. 13 versus head coach Matt Patricia and the Detroit Lions at Gillette Stadium, the club announced Friday.

The Thursday night exhibitions continue against the Carolina Panthers and Philadelphia Eagles up through the visit to MetLife Stadium for the annual New York Giants finale.

  • Week 1: vs. Lions — 7:30 p.m. ET Thursday, Aug. 13
  • Week 2: vs. Panthers — 7:30 p.m. ET Thursday, Aug. 20
  • Week 3: at Eagles — 7:30 p.m. ET Thursday, Aug. 27
  • Week 4: at Giants — 7 p.m. ET Thursday, Sept. 3

At this time, New England is slated to begin the 16-game regular season with an afternoon AFC East meeting at Gillette Stadium versus the Miami Dolphins on Sept. 13.