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Patriots 2005 schedule released

The NFL released its 2005 schedule today and once again, the reigning champions will be highlighted in four prime time games.

As announced earlier, the Patriots open the season for the league on Thursday night, Sept. 8 against the Oakland Raiders in a 9:00 pm prime timer on ABC. Their next game comes on Sept. 18 against the Panthers on the road, a 1:00 pm contest that can be seen on CBS. That's followed by another road game, this one against the Steelers on Sept. 25 at 4:15 pm, also a CBS-televised game.

New England's three other prime time games are against the Bills on Sun., Oct. 30 at 8:30 pm on ESPN, the Colts on Mon., Nov. 7 at 9 pm (both games are home at Gillette Stadium) and on the road against the Jets on Mon., Dec. 26 at 9:00 pm. New England ends the season at home against the Dolphins at 1:00 pm on New Year's Day.

This year's bye week for the Patriots comes during Week 7 of the season.

The New England Patriots full 2005 season schedule including preseason is below.

2005 PATRIOTS SCHEDULE
PRESEASON
Date Opponent Stadium Time Network Boston Affiliate
Fri., Aug 12 at Cincinnati Bengals Paul Brown Stadium 7:30 p.m. WCVB WCVB Channel 5
Thurs., Aug 18 New Orleans Saints Gillette Stadium 8:00 p.m. FOX WFXT Channel 25
Thurs., Aug 25 at Green Bay Packers Lambeau Field 8:00 p.m. WCVB WCVB Channel 5
Thurs., Sept. 1 New York Giants Gillette Stadium 8:00 p.m. WCVB WCVB Channel 5

REGULAR SEASON
Date Opponent Stadium Time Network Boston Affiliate
Thurs., Sept. 8 Oakland Raiders Gillette Stadium 9:00 p.m. ABC WCVB Channel 5
Sun., Sept. 18 at Carolina Panthers Bank of America Stadium 1:00 p.m. CBS WBZ Channel 4
Sun., Sept. 25 at Pittsburgh Steelers Heinz Field 4:15 p.m. CBS WBZ Channel 4
Sun., Oct. 2 San Diego Chargers Gillette Stadium 1:00 p.m. CBS WBZ Channel 4
Sun., Oct. 9 at Atlanta Falcons Georgia Dome 1:00 p.m. CBS WBZ Channel 4
Sun., Oct. 16 at Denver Broncos Invesco Field at Mile High 4:15 p.m. CBS WBZ Channel 4
Sun., Oct. 23 BYE WEEK
Sun., Oct. 30 Buffalo Bills Gillette Stadium 8:30 p.m. ESPN WCVB Channel 5
Mon., Nov. 7 Indianapolis Colts Gillette Stadium 9:00 p.m. ABC WCVB Channel 5
Sun., Nov. 13 at Miami Dolphins Dolphins Stadium 1:00 p.m. CBS WBZ Channel 4
Sun., Nov. 20 New Orleans Saints Gillette Stadium 1:00 p.m. FOX WFXT Channel 25
Sun., Nov. 27 at Kansas City Chiefs Arrowhead Stadium 1:00 p.m. CBS WBZ Channel 4
Sun., Dec. 4 New York Jets Gillette Stadium 4:15 p.m. CBS WBZ Channel 4
Sun., Dec. 11 at Buffalo Bills Ralph Wilson Stadium 1:00 p.m. CBS WBZ Channel 4
Sat., Dec. 17 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Gillette Stadium 1:30 p.m. FOX WFXT Channel 25
Mon., Dec. 26 at New York Jets The Meadowlands 9:00 p.m. ABC WCVB Channel 5
Sun., Jan. 1 Miami Dolphins Gillette Stadium 1:00 p.m. CBS WBZ Channel 4

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