Pats' preseason opponents set

The Patriots' preseason opponents have been officially announced, and the team will open its exhibition play in Philadelphia against the Eagles (date to be determined).

The team will then host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in its second game on Aug. 16, which will be nationally televised on Fox at 8 p.m. The Patriots will then travel to Detroit for a third preseason contest -- the game that often features projected starters playing into or through the third quarter.

As they have during each of the previous eight preseasons, the Patriots will wrap up their exhibition schedule against the Giants in a game to be held at Gillette Stadium.