Patriots preseason opponents announced

The Patriots' preseason opponents, and the week in which the games will be held, has been announced.

The specific dates and times of the games will be determined at a later date.

Week 1: at Redskins

Week 2: vs. Eagles

Week 3: vs. Panthers

Week 4: at Giants

This sets up the likely scenario that joint practices with the Eagles will take place here in New England.

The third preseason game, which is often when the starters play the longest, should be a good one as it's a rematch of last year's Nov. 18 Monday Night Football clash.