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Patriots to open schedule with KC

22 April, 2017, 00:21 | Author: Lula Armstrong
  • New England Patriots defensive lineman Alan Branch tosses his gloves to a fan after their 26-10 victory over the Los Angeles Rams in an NFL football game Sunday Dec. 4 2016 in Foxborough Mass

On Thursday night, the National Football League will officially announce the entire 2017 regular season schedule. It's a matchup of two great teams, but lacks the punch of last year's Super Bowl rematch between the Broncos and Panthers.

The Atlanta Falcons will head into the 2017 season with one goal in mind, overcome the final hurdle they narrowly stumbled at in last season's Super Bowl. It will be the first time Patriots fans get to see new faces like Brandin Cooks and Stephon Gilmore in real game action, and it will come against a relatively tough opponent in the Chiefs.

Houston has three straight home games, then a bye in October. What particularly stands out are the facts that five of the Patriots' six divisional games will take place after week 11 and that the team will play five road games in a six-week span after its bye.

Week 9 (Nov. 5) @ Cowboys, 3:25 p.m. Carr is expected to make a full recovery in time for training camp, and with him the Raiders are probably the best team in the AFC West.

The Chiefs return home for the season home opener against the Philadelphia Eagles. Injuries and bad luck derailed a promising season, but the Vikings are still a unsafe foe and feature one of the toughest defenses in all of football. The last two games are determined by division standings.

The Patriots feature heavily in the 10 must-see games of the 2017 campaign. The Chargers play their first home game at StubHub Center, their temporary Los Angeles home, following their offseason move from San Diego. It will air at 8 p.m. ET. As part of the NFL's global expansion the Patriots-Raiders game will take place in Mexico City, one of five worldwide games this season.


Overall, New England's schedule projects to be a tough one, mainly because of how the games were placed by the league.

It will be the second time in three years that the Vikings kick off the regular season on "Monday Night Football". The Steelers play their first home game since the death of their revered, longtime owner, Dan Rooney. The Russell Wilson vs. Aaron Rodgers subplot will be the focus for many, but don't overlook how important the emergence of the run game in this one will be to both teams' seasons.

By the year 2020 at the latest, the Oakland Raiders will cease existence while the Las Vegas Raiders will rise to prominence.

We'll have to wait a couple of days for the rest. If things don't go well this season, is there a chance they could leave Oakland earlier than scheduled and play elsewhere in 2018?

No division team gave the Falcons as much trouble as Tampa past year.

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