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Patriots Daily: NFL Schedule Release; On to Cincinnati

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Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase (1) is defended by New England Patriots cornerback Marcus Jones (25) during the second half of an NFL football game, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2022, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Greg M. Cooper)

The NFL released the 2024 regular season schedule last night. Some details were previously rumored or reported, but everything is now official, aside from a few ‘TBD’ for late season times. The New England Patriots will open their three-game preseason schedule on Aug. 8 when they host the Carolina Panthers. Their Week 1 game for the regular season will be a road game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Their regular season home opener is Week 2 against the Seattle Seahawks.

The Patriots have quickly discovered that finishing closer to the top of the draft than the top of the standings lends itself to many Sunday afternoon games the following season. New England’s only prime time matchup is a road game against the New York Jets in Week 3. The Carolina Panthers are the only team slated to play zero games in prime time.

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Among the other notable takeaways from the schedule release for the Patriots is not playing their AFC East rival Buffalo Bills until Week 16. After not playing Buffalo for the first 15 weeks, two of their final three games are against the Bills.

New England plays another international game in 2024. They play the Jacksonville Jaguars in London in Week 7. The Patriots bye does not occur until Week 14, the last possible week.

The Patriots took Drake Maye with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft. Several other top selections are on New England’s 2024 schedule:

Caleb Williams (No. 1) – Week 10 at Chicago
Jayden Daniels (No. 2) – Preseason Week 3 at Washington
Marvin Harrison Jr. (No. 4) – Week 15 at Arizona
Joe Alt (No. 5) – Week 17 vs. LA Chargers

There will be plenty of predictions now that the official schedule is known. But regardless of what anyone might think, this is why the games are played. Stay tuned.

Also in today’s Patriots Daily:

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Brenden Schooler is Ready for Leadership Role

Drew Bledsoe Chimes in on New England Developing Drake Maye

Meet the New England Patriots 90-Man Roster (Plus One)

NFL News

CBS Sports – NFL executive breaks down 2024 schedule

ESPN – Giants to be featured on ‘Hard Knocks’

NBC Sports – 2024 Monday Night Football schedule

NFL.com – Win predictions for all 32 NFL teams; early playoff predictions

Yahoo! Sports –15 best grudge games on the NFL schedule

Yardbarker – NFL responds to speculation about Chiefs schedule and Taylor Swift

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Football Fun Fact of the Day

Former New England Patriots cornerback Ellis Hobbs turns 41 today. Hobbs and teammate Logan Mankins earned NFL All-Rookie Team honors in 2005. They have only had more than two selections three times since the NFL began announcing All-Rookie Teams in 1974:

Four selections:
1996 – Terry Glenn (WR), Devin Wyman (DT), Lawyer Milloy (S), and Adam Vinatieri (K)

Three selections:
1988 – John Stephens (RB), Tim Goad (DT), and Jeff Feagles (P)
1995 – Curtis Martin (RB), Dave Wohlabaugh (C), and Ted Johnson (LB)
2003 – Dan Koppen (C), Eugene Wilson (S), and Bethel Johnson (KR)
2010 – Rob Gronkowski (TE), Devin McCourty (CB), and Zoltan Mesko (P)

Post of the Day

The New England Patriots release “Good Jules Hunting” to hype their 2024 NFL schedule release:

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