Patriots to play four prime-time games in 2011

191543.jpg

Patriots to play four prime-time games in 2011

Despite the lockout, the NFL released its schedule on Tuesday night and the Patriots are slated to play four prime-time games -- two on Monday Night and two on Sunday night.

Bill Belichick and Co. will travel to South Beach to kick off the season against the Dolphins on Monday night. Then, Week 10, the Pats travel to the New Meadowlands to see Rex Ryan and the Jets on Sunday night. Old friend Matt Cassel will be on center stage when the Patriots host the Chiefs on Monday night for Week 11, and the always anticipated Patriots-Colts matchup will go down on Sunday night of Week 13.

The Pats have just four 1 p.m. games -- and three of them are in the last four weeks of the season, when they could be "flexed" to a different starting time -- and their bye comes on Week 7.

Here's how the Patriots' full schedule breaks down:

Week 1 Monday, Sept. 12
Patriots at Dolphins, 7 p.m. (ESPN)

Week 2 Sunday, Sept. 18
Chargers at Patriots, 4:15 p.m. (CBS)

Week 3 Sunday, Sept. 25
Patriots at Bills, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Week 4 Sunday, Oct. 2
Patriots at Raiders, 4:15 p.m. (CBS)

Week 5 Sunday, Oct. 9
Jets at Patriots, 4:15 p.m. (CBS)

Week 6 Sunday, Oct. 16
Cowboys at Patriots, 4:15 p.m. (FOX)

Week 7
BYE

Week 8 Sunday, Oct. 30
Patriots at Steelers, 4:15 p.m. (CBS)

Week 9 Sunday, Nov. 6
Giants at Patriots, 4:15 p.m. (FOX)

Week 10 Sunday, Nov. 13
Patriots at Jets, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Week 11 Monday, Nov. 21
Chiefs at Patriots, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Week 12 Sunday, Nov. 27
Patriots at Eagles, 4:15 p.m. (CBS)

Week 13 Sunday, Dec. 4
Colts at Patriots, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Week 14 Sunday, Dec. 11
Patriots at Redskins, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Week 15 Sunday, Dec. 18
Patriots at Broncos, 4:15 p.m. (CBS)

Week 16 Sunday, Dec. 24
Dolphins at Patriots, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Week 17 Sunday, Jan. 1
Bills at Patriots, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Kraft 'deeply disappointed' by Trump's comments; praises players

cp-trump-kraft-082117x.jpg

Kraft 'deeply disappointed' by Trump's comments; praises players

Sunday morning, as President Donald Trump resumed his attack on the National Football League, Patriots president and CEO Robert Kraft issued a statement condemning Trump's call for NFL owners to "fire" players who protest against social injustice during the playing of the National Anthem.

MORE ON TRUMP

Said Kraft:

"I am deeply disappointed by the tone of the comments made by the President on Friday. I am proud to be associated with so many players who make such tremendous contributions in positively impacting our communities. Their efforts, both on and off the field, help bring people together and make our community stronger. There is no greater unifier in this country than sports, and unfortunately, nothing more divisive than politics. I think our political leaders could learn a lot from the lessons of teamwork and the importance of working together toward a common goal. Our players are intelligent, thoughtful and care deeply about our community and I support their right to peacefully affect social change and raise awareness in a manner that they feel is most impactful.”

Trump, meanwhile, was back on Twitter, renewing his demand for punishment -- or employment termination -- against such players:

CSNNE SCHEDULE