Patriots have easiest schedule in 2018

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New kickoff time for Thursday night National Football League games this year is 8:20 p.m. ET. None of the Bills, Dolphins or Jets are expected to win more than seven games this season, and they all have less than a one percent chance to win the Super Bowl.

After a rough 4-12 season, the Texans get a break by earning a third-place schedule in 2018 after two consecutive first-place finishes. A two-week road trip follows, a 1 p.m. start at Chicago on October 21 and their only Monday Night Football appearance of the season, at Buffalo on October 29, with the new MNF starting time of 8:15 p.m. They head to Cleveland on a short week to take on the Browns on Thursday Night Football in Week 3. Green Bay). Then the team isn't back at Gillette until a 4:25 p.m. home kickoff against the Vikings (Dec. 2) before finishing things off with two 1 p.m. games to close out the year (Dec. 23 vs. Buffalo and Dec. 30 vs.

The Jets don't see the Patriots until November 25, when New England comes to MetLife Stadium.

Last year's home opener vs. the 'Fins went swimmingly as they posted their first win of the season, 20-6.

- The back end of the Patriots' schedule is heavy on the AFC East, but at least it's not as oddly staggered as last season. Tennessee, Buffalo, New England and Jacksonville all made the playoffs last season, with Jacksonville and New England winning their respective divisions and playing in the AFC Championship game. All eight of the Packers' home games and two of the team's eight road games have already been leaked.

Week 8 at Buffalo Bills, Monday Oct. 29, 8:15 p.m. After this matchup, the Patriots will have a division game against the Jets.

Week 3: Sun. 9/23 at Detroit Lions 5:20 p.m.

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September 10 (Mon) at Detroit 7 p.m.

The Patriots will then get to have revenge for a year ago when they play the Kansas City Chiefs in Foxborough during Week Six.

Week 9: @Miami- It's the second meeting of the season against the Dolphins, this time in South Beach.

Week 13: @Tennessee- It's off to the Music City for an early December meeting against what should be a potent Titans offense. Most of the schedule will be known before the 7:00 release. Watson, Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky all are second-year players.

Preseason Week 1: Thursday, August 9th- Dolphins vs. Buccaneers 7 p.m.

In Week 2, the Dolphins will travel to Carolina on Friday, Aug. 17 at 7:30 p.m.

And the preseason finale is at Philadelphia on Thursday, Aug. 30, at 7 p.m.

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