NFL Network Accidentally Leaks Patriots’ 2016 Schedule Before Official Release

New England Patriots fans didn’t have to wait until 8 p.m. ET to see their favorite team’s 2016 schedule, as NFL Network accidentally leaked it early Thursday.

Here’s what the graphic showed:
Week 1 @ Arizona Cardinals
Week 2 vs. Miami Dolphins
Week 3 vs. Houston Texans
Week 4 vs. Buffalo Bills
Week 5 @ Cleveland Browns
Week 6 vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Week 7 @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Week 8 @ Buffalo Bills
Week 9 Bye
Week 10 vs. Seattle Seahawks
Week 11 @ San Francisco 49ers
Week 12 @ New York Jets
Week 13 vs. Los Angeles Rams
Week 14 vs. Baltimore Ravens
Week 15 @ Denver Broncos
Week 16 vs. New York Jets
Week 17 @ Miami Dolphins

Some takeaways:
— The Patriots ideally get a bye in the middle of the season.
— They begin the season on the road, then play three consecutive home games. They also finish with three of five games at home.
— They aren’t playing any West Coast games back to back, so it’s unlikely they’ll spend a week away from Foxboro, Mass., this season.

UPDATE (8:05 p.m. ET): The NFL officially announced the Patriots’ schedule 50 minutes later, and you can see the dates and kickoff times right here.

Thumbnail photo via Matt Kartozian/USA TODAY Sports Images

Thumbnail photo via New England Patriots wide receiver Matthew Slater reacts during the fourth quarter against the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium.

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