The NFL has announced its upcoming 2021 schedule and the New England Patriots will be opening up their season against the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro. The Patriots opener will be a 4:25 PM kickoff on Sunday, September 12th. According to patriots.com, this will be the fifth straight season that the Patriots will be starting their season at home in Foxboro, and the second straight season that the opener will be against the Dolphins.

The Patriots can be heard on two local Townsquare Media radio stations: 1420 WBEC-AM in Pittsfield and New Country 94.7 FM WNAW in North Adams. The first two games of the Patriots season, on Sept. 12th vs. the Dolphins and Sept. 19th at the N.Y. Jets will not be broadcast however due to scheduled Red Sox games. Other early contests may depend on potential Red Sox playoff conflicts.

The 2021 Patriots schedule will feature three Nationally televised games with one of the them being a week-four matchup with the Super Bowl Champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who are of course led by former Patriot, Tom Brady. The 2021 season is also the first season that will feature a 17-game regular season format. The NFL says that with the AFC being determined as the “home conference” for the 17th regular season game, the Patriots will play the Dallas Cowboys on October 17th.

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You can download and print the full pre-season/regular season schedule HERE.

The Patriots have a lot to look forward to this coming season after a very disappointing 2020 season, in which they finished with a 7-9 record, led by Cam Newton. With Alabama star-quarterback Mac Jones miraculously falling to the Patriots at number 15 in the recent NFL Draft, and a significant number of high-power defensive moves in the off-season, the future looks bright for the Patriots. The team will certainly be expecting to be back in the playoffs in 2021 after missing the postseason for the first-time last season since the 2008 season.

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