Last year's ratings slide for the NFL clearly impacted the league's schedule-making process.
The rematch of Super Bowl LI against the Atlanta Falcons will have to wait until October 22, a Sunday-night NBC game at home. The only unknowns is the specific dates and times of each games.
This one pretty much goes without saying. The Panthers made the Super Bowl in 2015.
Commissioner Roger Goodell announced at the league's owners meeting last month that he plans to attend the season opener. They will play their first game at new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Week 2, when they host the Green Bay Packers in a nationally televised night game on Sunday, Sept. 17.More news: New Poll Could Impact Marijuana Legalization In PA
The announcement will come during a TV show beginning at 8 p.m. EDT. The Falcons will have their chance at revenge after the biggest collapse (or the greatest comeback?) in Super Bowl history, but it will be tough for them to pull it off in Foxboro against a Patriots team that will likely be in their typical mid-season form.
While the Falcons offense make every game a must-watch event, there are plenty of matchups that catch the eye and should be marked on everyone's calendars in 2017. The Patriots hosted the Jets last Christmas Eve. Though as we know, Mexico City will have a very Raider-centric crowd just as it did a year ago.
This game will be intriguing for the mere fact that it comes on a neutral site against the Raiders.
Twitter user @NFLUpdate has leaked a couple of other games and where they will appear on the schedule, but no one has confirmed these leaks. 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.More news: Injury won't impact Wilshere's Arsenal future, says Wenger
Week 4: Sunday, Oct. 1, at Denver, 1:25 p.m. (CBS) Comment: First division game of the regular season.
In fact, the best worldwide National Football League game this year won't take place in London at all.
Two games will be played Monday, Sept. 11, with the New Orleans Saints playing on the road against the Minnesota Vikings, followed by the relocated Chargers playing at Denver against the Broncos. On a Thursday night. But no matter how you look at it, it's a scheduling gift from the NFL.More news: Washington Post, NYT win Pulitzers for probes of powerful people
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