- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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The reigning AFC East champion New England Patriots announced their preseason on Thursday.
New England will open the exhibition season on the road against the Philadelphia Eagles. It will be an interesting matchup with Patriots head coach Bill Belichick facing his friend, Eagles rookie head coach Chip Kelly, in Kelly's NFL debut. Kelly spent time last offseason with Belichick and helped the Patriots speed up their no-huddle offense.
The Patriots also will play their first home preseason game on Aug. 16 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Patriots will wrap up their preseason at the Detroit Lions and at home against the New York Giants. New England will face the Giants in the exhibition season for the ninth straight year.