Patriots reveal 2022 preseason schedule

As the old saying goes, “…the last shall be first.”

That might sound a bit melodramatic when describing the 2022 New England Patriots preseason schedule, but it’s true.

Bill Belichick, Josh McDaniels

Panthers head coach Matt Rhule

The Patriots have officially announced that they will open the preseason with the New York Giants rather than their typical preseason finals encounters. After welcoming the Carolina Panthers in Week 2 preseason, the Patriots will wrap up their show list with their first-ever trip to Las Vegas to face the Raiders.

Preseason Game 1: vs. New York Giants

Date: August 11, 20222

Time: 7:00 p.m. ET

Location: Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, Massachusetts

Although few, if any, Patriots fans need to be reminded of the results of Super Bowl XLII and Super Bowl XLVI, the Pats and Giants have had a rich history of preseason interaction. In 2021, New England welcomed the New York Football Giants to the friendly surroundings of Foxboro, Massachusetts for joint training sessions before heading to East Rutherford, New Jersey for their preseason finals, which the Patriots won 22-20 at MetLife Stadium. For 2022, the game will feature a pseudo-reunion for Pat’s offensive assistant coach Joe Judge [former Giants head coach] and former New York defense attorney Jabrill Peppers.

Preseason Game 2: vs. Carolina Panthers

Date: August 19, 2022

Time 7:00 p.m. ET

Location: Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, Massachusetts

Though the Patriots and Panthers aren’t longtime rivals, this potential preseason union brings its share of intrigue. In addition to their classic matchup in Super Bowl XXXVIII [resulting in a 32-29 New England victory], the two teams added a little spice to their relationship during last season’s 24-6 Pats win in week nine of the 2021 season. Shortly after the conclusion of the 2021 season, Panthers head coach Matt Rhule all but confirmed that the Pats and Panthers would also conduct joint drills at Foxboro ahead of their Aug. 19 meeting.

Jarret Stidham

Preseason Game 3: Las Vegas Raiders

Date: August 26, 2022

Time: 8:15 p.m. ET

Location: Allegiant Stadium, Paradise, Nevada

Despite the two teams going head-to-head roughly four months later in Week 15 of the regular season, the Pats and Raiders decided to give each other some valuable insight. Every team is expected to be battling for a playoff spot in 2022. In addition to the first time former offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels will take on the Pats as the Raiders’ head coach, New England will also get its first look at its former sidekick Brandon Bolden, Jakob Johnson, Jarrett Stidham and Chandler Jones in their new “silver and black” threads. The teams will also participate in joint practices in Las Vegas ahead of the preseason finals in New England. The Patriots last faced the Raiders in the preseason on August 25, 1995, a game the then-Oakland Raiders won 32-24.

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