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National Football League schedule release coming Thursday night, Chiefs-Patriots expected

21 April 2017

One of the spoils of being champion: The Patriots will kick off the National Football League season on September 7 by hosting the Chiefs.

The NFL returns to Mexico City on Sunday, November 19 (9.25pm) when the Oakland Raiders host the Patriots at Estadio Azteca. However, unlike seasons past, they are at home for both of those games, and their last game of the year is, as of this writing at least, against one of the worst teams in the league. For the first time in five years, neither the Cleveland Browns nor the Jacksonville Jaguars will play in prime time.

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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. Sports Authority Field at Mile High is 5,280 feet above sea level, and Azteca Stadium is 7,350 feet above sea level.

The Baltimore-Pittsburgh rivalry gets an early Sunday afternoon game in Week 4 on October 1. New York's first home game will come in week three when the team hosts divisional rival Miami. Oakland closes the season with a road game against the Chargers on December 31, a game at which the Raiders might have more fan support than the home team. But if it's like previous seasons, all of the schedules will become available right at 5 p.m. New York Jets 1:05 p.m. (CBS) Comment: Oakland's home opener comes against Gang Green... This in addition to their annual inner-division games against the Patriots, Dolphins and Bills.

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The Raiders have a huge following in Mexico, in part because of the family heritage of franchise legends Tom Flores and Jim Plunkett, and that won't change with their pending move to Las Vegas. This year, the Chiefs will make the trip to Gillette Stadium on Thursday, Sept. 7 to kick off the 2017 regular season.

All of the preseason games will be televised on WBZ-TV and a regional network.

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National Football League schedule release coming Thursday night, Chiefs-Patriots expected