The Patriots have announced 2012's preseason opponents.
New England begins with two home games, starting with the Saints. This match-up is already generating buzz because of Bill Parcells' potential to take the New Orleans coaching job.
Up next is Philadelphia for an August 20 Monday Night Football game. ESPN will carry the tilt; kick-off is at 8:00 PM.
The team will then travel to Tampa Bay for the all important Week 3, before closing out at MetLife Stadium in a Super Bowl XLVI rematch against the Giants.
This year marks the 22nd preseason clash between the Patriots and Giants, and eighth consecutive preseason finale between them.
Dates and times for the Week 1, 3, and 4 games have yet to be determined.