The 2017 NFL schedule is officially here, which means it’s time to start selling football season! On Thursday night the NFL announced the full 2017 schedule, sending football fans everywhere into chatter.
The 2017-18 season will kick off with the New England Patriots hosting AFC West champion Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday, September 7, in Foxborough, MA at 8:30pm EST.
The schedule release comes after months of deliberation and adjustments, with the whole process beginning the day after the regular season ends. From the looks of it, last year’s ratings slide made a great impact on the league’s schedule-making process. This year, the league packed its prime-time schedule with the most well-watched teams: Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers. Keep an eye out for these games as they are sure to be some of the most exciting ones of the season.
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Read on to learn more about some of the most highly anticipated matches:
The Dallas Cowboys
Their division, the NFC East, is a strong and competitive one that faces many non-conference games against a similarly deep AFC West. What’s more? The Cowboys finish with three out of four games on the road. Their only home game in December will be played against a strong Seattle team.
The Oakland Raiders
In order to be able to play in Mexico City, the Raiders gave up a home game against the Patriots. It goes without saying that this is a matchup home town fans would have loved to have seen in Oakland. The Raiders also play Christmas night in Philadelphia before heading to Los Angeles to play the Chargers.
The Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs play six prime time games. They have one of the toughest assignments of the season with Week 1 in Foxborough and short week games (requiring teams to play on a Sunday and then on a Thursday) in Oakland and Dallas.
They have to give up a home game to play abroad. One of the two teams who, sadly, with play the season without a prime-time game scheduled.
“Bye” A bye is a special privilege given to a team in the initial rounds because of which it gets exempted from playing in the first round and directly enters the second round. … In sports that are played weekly, especially football, a team that does not play at all during a given week is said to be on its “bye week”. (Source)
The first Monday night game will be Broncos kicking off the 2017 season at home, welcoming the Los Angeles Chargers to Mile High Stadium.
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