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Patriots schedule 2019: Dates, times, opponents for defending champs

Patriots schedule 2019: Dates, times, opponents for defending champs

It appears an old rival is coming to Gillette Stadium in Week 1.

The New England Patriots will host the Pittsburgh Steelers on NBC's "Sunday Night Football" in their 2019 season opener, according to multiple reports. CLNS Media's Evan Lazar was the first to report the news.

The NFL won't officially released the 2019 schedule until 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday night, but The Athletic's Nick Underhill revealed the dates and opponents for the Patriots' five primetime games earlier in the day.

The Steelers were one of the five teams to beat the Patriots in 2018, earning a 17-10 victory in Pittsburgh. But the Steelers lost two All-Pros in running back Le'Veon Bell and wide receiver Antonio Brown this offseason and will be a much different team when they travel to Foxboro to watch the Patriots raise their Super Bowl LIII banner.

UPDATE (8 p.m. ET): The Patriots' official 2019 schedule has been released.

Here's a look:

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Breakfast Pod: It's a Bruins-Blues in Stanley Cup Final; Julian Edelman sticking around awhile

Breakfast Pod: It's a Bruins-Blues in Stanley Cup Final; Julian Edelman sticking around awhile

We know Julian Edelman will be a Patriot for likely the rest of his career after he agrees to an extension, and we now know who the Bruins will face in the Stanley Cup Final, the St. Louis Blues.

1:12 - Julian Edelman and the Patriots agree to a two-year, $18 million extension. Tom E. Curran discusses the move and journey Edelman has gone through to reach this point.

7:42 - The Blues beat the Sharks, 5-1. They will now face the Bruins in the Stanley Cup Final, DJ Bean discusses the matchup.

12:46 - Eduardo Rodriguez gives up three homers in the Red Sox' 10-3 loss to Toronto. John Tomase joins Boston Sports Tonight to break down the loss.

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Prosecutors' appeal in Kraft case won't be heard before Sept. 4

Prosecutors' appeal in Kraft case won't be heard before Sept. 4

Prosecutors' appeal of the Florida judge's decision excluding videotape evidence in Patriots owner Robert Kraft's solicitation of prostitution case won't be heard until at least Sept. 4, meaning the case likely won't be resolved until after the NFL season begins.

On Tuesday, Judge Leonard Hanser agreed to allow the case to run through the appeals process before it goes to trial. Last week, Hanser ruled two videos that police say show Kraft paying for sex when he visited the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida, in January can't be used as evidence in a trial. The Palm Beach County State Attorney is seeking to have that ruling overturned.

Kraft issued a public apology after the arrest and has pleaded not guilty to two misdemeanor counts of solicitation. The Patriots owner also faces discipline from the NFL but the appeal and subsequent delay in the trial and resolution of the case could put that on hold as well.

The Patriots open their season and will raise their sixth Super Bowl championship banner Sunday night, Sept. 8, against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Gillette Stadium. 

At a press conference in March, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was asked about the Kraft case and said, "The Personal Conduct Policy applies to everybody. Commissioners, owners, executives, players, coaches. And it will be applied to everybody. But it will be done after we get all the facts. When we have all the information, we'll be fair and smart about it. That's what we'll do."

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