In addition to playing each AFC East opponent twice, the Patriots will play a game against each AFC South and NFC South club. As the AFC East’s third finalist in 2020, the Patriots will also face the third-place team of AFC North (Cleveland) and AFC West (Los Angles Chargers).
New England kicks off the 2021 season by hosting the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, September 12 at 4:25 p.m. This will mark the fifth straight season the Patriots have opened at home and the second straight opening against the Dolphins after a 21- 11 wins in Week 1 of the 2020 season. This is the first time in team history that the Patriots will open the season at the same location against the same opponent for consecutive years. Overall, this is the ninth time the Patriots will open the year against Miami and the sixth time they will open against the Dolphins at home. The Patriots will open the season with two divisional games, traveling to the Jets in Week 2 on September 19. This is the fourth time since the NFL realigned the divisions in 2002 that the Patriots will open the year with two division opponents (2006, 09 and 13).
The Patriots will return to the confines of Gillette Stadium when they host back-to-back NFC South teams with a 1 p.m. game against New Orleans on September 26, followed by Sunday night’s game against the Buccaneers on October 3. will then play back-to-back games against teams from Texas, traveling to Houston for the third straight season on October 10, followed by a home game against Dallas on October 17.