2017 NFL Schedule Release: What You Need To Know

Adam Young | April 21, 2017
NFL schedule release.
The 2017 NFL schedule release is here! It’s become one of the biggest events of the spring for football fans – right below the NFL draft – as they get a look at who their favorite teams will face off against and when in the 2017 regular season. Let’s jump in.

2017 NFL Season Opener

The season will kick off with its traditional Thursday night game featuring the defending Super Bowl champions. This year of course that’s New England. The Patriots will face the Kansas City Chiefs at Gillette Stadium on Thursday, September 7. And, yes, Roger Goodell will be there.

  NBC’s first Sunday Night game will have Eli Manning and the Giants in Dallas to take on Dak Prescott and the Cowboys. (The Giants play another primetime game in Week 2 at MetLife Stadium against the Lions.)

The first Monday Night Football game of 2017 will be the New Orleans Saints playing the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. They’ll kick off at 6:10 local time. The second Monday Night game will feature the Denver Broncos hosting the Los Angeles Chargers. Los Angeles Chargers? That’s going to take some getting used to.

Other big Week 1 matchups include:

Seattle Seahawks at Green Bay Packers. Aaron Rodgers against Richard Sherman…if Sherman still plays for the Seahawks come opening weekend.

Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins in an early NFC East showdown.

Oakland Raiders at Tennessee Titans, a matchup of two of the league’s best young quarterbacks.

2017 Thanksgiving NFL Schedule

The 2017 Thanksgiving games start with a rematch of last year’s early game: Minnesota at Detroit. Then the Cowboys play host to the Chargers in Dallas and the Giants play the Redskins in Washington.

Top Thursday Night Football Matchups for 2017

Aside from the Patriots’ opener, the league has tried to improve the matchups for its Thursday night games. New England appears again in Week 5, this time playing in Tampa. There are also several division rivalries slated for Thursdays:

Week 4: Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers

Week 12: Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals

Week 12: New York Giants at Washington Redskins

Week 12: Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys

Top Sunday Night Football Matchups for 2017

Sunday night traditionally gets the marquee primetime schedule, and 2017 is no exception. The Packers travel to Atlanta in Week 2 for a matchup of two premiere quarterbacks at the Falcons’ new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Falcons appear again in Week 7, visiting New England for a Super Bowl rematch with the Patriots. Hard to get much better than that.

NFL 2017 Schedule Highlights

  • The Chicago Bears will play primetime games against division opponents in back-to-back weeks. They’ll travel to Lambeau Field for the Thursday night game in Week 4 then host the Vikings on Monday Night in Week 5. Not bad for a team that went 3-13 in 2016.

  • The Philadelphia Eagles will be on a little west coast trip in early December. They’ll play Russell Wilson and the Seahawks on December 3 then fly down to Los Angeles to face the Rams on December 10. Look for them to stay in California instead of fly back across three time zones four times.

  • J. Watt expect to be back from last season’s injury, and he’ll get to go against Tom Brady in Week 3. The Patriots will host Watt and the Texans.

  • The AFC West is always combative, and the Week 12 matchup between the Raiders and Broncos could have playoff implications.

NFL Games In London, Mexico City For 2017

September 24: Jacksonville will play what seems like its annual game in London again in 2017, this time against the Baltimore Ravens. October 1: The NFL will be in London back-to-back weeks. The second matchup will feature the Dolphins playing host to the New Orleans Saints. October 29: The Cleveland Browns and Minnesota Vikings will play in London during Week 8. The Browns will be the home team. November 19: The NFL is going back to Mexico City in 2017. The Oakland Raiders will be the home team, playing host to the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.

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