Dates and times set for Patriots pre-season slate
Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia, left, and New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, right, talk off to the side after a combined NFL football practice in Allen Park, Mich., Monday, Aug. 5, 2019. (Daniel Mears/Detroit News via AP)

The dates and times for the Patriots preseason schedule came out Friday. It’s an all-Thursday affair, with the Giants maintaining their usual spot in the preseason finale, with this year’s game at the Meadowlands.

With former defensive coordinator Matt Patricia’s Lions coming to Foxboro to kick off the preseason slate, the Patriots might try to have joint practices for the second season in a row. The teams held joint practices in Detroit last season. They seemed to benefit both teams.

With the pandemic, however, nothing is etched in stone. Here’s how it shakes out:

Thursday, Aug. 13, 7:30 p.m. — Detroit LionsThursday, Aug. 20, 7:30 p.m. — Carolina PanthersThursday, Aug. 27, 7:30 p.m. — at Philadelphia EaglesThursday, Sept. 3, 7 p.m. — at New York Giants