New England Patriots

Dec 29, 2019; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots running back Sony Michel (26) runs the ball while Miami Dolphins linebacker Trent Harris (97) defends during the second half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com

The 2020 NFL schedule isn’t supposed to come out until 8 p.m., but as you know by now, leaks have no respect for time.

And one of those leaks, this one out of Miami (and courtesy of Armando Salguero), has indicated that the Patriots’ 2020 season will begin at home against the Dolphins at 1 p.m. on Sun., Sept. 13.

If true, this would discredit an earlier report that indicated that the season would begin with four straight NFC West meetings. (That’s out-of-division-and-conference theory has already been debunked through other leaks, for what it’s worth, with the Bucs scheduled to begin their 2020 year against the Saints and the Jets set for a Week 1 showdown with the Bills.) It would also mean that the Patriot defense would be the ones to welcome quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, the Alabama talent Miami drafted with the No. 5 overall pick (and the second quarterback taken) last month, to the NFL.

That reported Patriots-Dolphins Week 1 kickoff would also see ex-Patriots Ted Karras, Elandon Roberts, and Kyle Van Noy begin their post-Patriots careers against their former team. Whether or not their returns to Gillette Stadium in divisional rival colors would be in front of fans — or even take place on that proposed date — remains to be seen, as we all know.

The Patriots had won 10 straight home meetings against the Dolphins before last year’s Week 17 loss to Ryan Fitzpatrick and Co., which dropped the Patriots down to the No. 3 seed and into wild card weekend, where they ultimately lost to the Titans.

Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Yell at him on Twitter: @_TyAnderson.