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Observe Your Opponent: Five on Washington to Watch vs. Patriots

As Michael Corleone once said, “Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.”

While that popular quote from “The Godfather Part II” may seem a bit melodramatic for preseason football, there will be a showdown on the New England gridiron on Thursday evening.

The New England Patriots are set to open their 2021 preseason slate on Thursday, August 12 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro Massachusetts. The Pats will welcome the Washington Football Team for the first, and only preseason contest to be held in New England this summer. With an expected capacity crowd to cheer on the hometown team, the Pats will continue to use each opportunity to learn, improve and prepare for the upcoming 2021 season.