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Patriots schedule is released; five games in prime time

Posted by Shalise Manza Young, Globe Staff  April 18, 2013 07:23 PM

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Though the Patriots' opponents for the coming season have been known for weeks, the NFL has made the complete schedule release into an event, which happened Thursday night.

The Patriots open Sunday, Sept. 8, in Buffalo; the home opener is just four days later, on a Thursday night against the Jets.

All told, the Patriots have five prime-time games, starting with the Jets in Week 2.

The Return of Wes Welker -- a/k/a the Patriots hosting the Broncos -- will be on Sunday night, Nov. 24. The AFC Championship game rematch with the Ravens in Baltimore will be the Sunday night matchup Dec. 22.

Their bye week is Week 10.

The Patriots' 2013 schedule:

Sept. 8, 1 p.m. -- at Bills
Sept. 12, 8:25 p.m. -- vs. Jets (Thursday Night Football)
Sept. 22, 1 p.m. -- vs. Buccaneers
Sept. 29, 8:30 p.m. -- at Falcons (Sunday Night Football)
Oct. 6, 1 p.m. -- at Bengals
Oct. 13, 4:25 p.m. -- vs. Saints
Oct. 20, 1 p.m. -- at Jets
Oct. 27, 1 p.m. -- vs. Dolphins
Nov. 3, 4:25 p.m. -- vs. Steelers
Nov. 10 -- Bye week
Nov. 18, 8:40 p.m. -- at Panthers (Monday Night Football)
Nov. 24, 8:30 p.m. -- vs. Broncos (Sunday Night Football)
Dec. 1, 4:25 p.m. -- at Texans
Dec. 8, 1 p.m. -- vs. Browns
Dec. 15, 1 p.m. -- at Dolphins
Dec. 22, 8:30 p.m. -- at Ravens (Sunday Night Football)
Dec. 29, 1 p.m. -- vs. Bills

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