2017 schedule coming soon

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The calendar says April, which means that the configuration of NFL games to be played in September through December will soon be released.

The NFL has posted a lengthy explanation of the complex and convoluted process of putting a schedule together, and there’s a nugget of news in there: The 2017 schedule will include Saturday games in Week 15 and Week 16.

That’s December 16 and December 23, respectively. It’s unclear how many games will be scheduled on those dates. With Christmas Eve falling on a Sunday this year, the league will likely stage a full slate of games that day.

The last time Christmas Eve landed on a Sunday, the NFL moved the NBC game to Christmas Day, with the Eagles and Cowboys facing off at 4:00 p.m. ET. The Jets and Dolphins played that evening, on ESPN.

That approach in 2017 would create a potential NBA conflict for ESPN, which televised games at 8:00 p.m. ET and 10:30 p.m. ET on December 25 in 2016.

It’s just one of the many issues Howard Katz and company will have to resolve as they continue the Herculean task of picking days and times for 256 games played over 17 weeks.

80 responses to “2017 schedule coming soon

  1. Anyone else find it sickening that we are so addicted to the NFL we follow news like this

  2. The teams have been scheduled. Denver has the most difficult schedule this season largely because they play in the most competitive division in the Nfl, coupled with some other challenging matchups. By and large, schedules are determined by the previous year’s records. The rest is all done by software programming. Each division team primarily plays the same out of division teams.

  3. I can appreciate all the hard work that goes into scheduling. It is a lot of work, looking at many different factors.
    When the schedule comes out, friends and family will pick the games they are going to attend. This means making flight reservations, hotels, arranging for time off work, coordinating ground transportation and tailgate assignments.
    These plans are usually made just after the schedule comes out. I hope the NFL, please keep this in mind before you flex games and blow up all the plans.

  4. I always love when the schedule comes out and everyone gets to over-analyze who has the tougher road, despite the fact that the season is 5 months away and we have no way of knowing who is going to be any good.

    For example- if you saw the Panthers on your schedule last year after they went 15-1 the year before, you probably wouldn’t have been too happy, right?

    How did that turn out?

  5. Since divisions are won by playing the teams in your own division, why no concerted effort to not have two division teams playing each other twice in a three or four week span.

  6. The Broncos do NOT have the toughest schedule, and I don’t even have to see the final version. The AFCW plays the AFCE, which is one of the weaker of the 8. Also, KC has to play the same schedule, except for 2 1rst place AFC teams, instead of 2 3rd place teams for Denver. Denver won’t be a factor in the playoff mix anyway, so it doesn’t matter.

  7. Does anyone thing the schedule makers will just give Jets opponents an automatic “W” instead of scheduling any of their games? It might simplify things…

  8. RandyinRoxbury says:
    Apr 2, 2017 11:44 AM
    Rumor has the Pats opening up with Miami on “Welcome Back Roger Night”
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    LMAO, with a SB rematch against Atlanta, a playoff rematch against Houston, division winner Kansas City, Cam Newton’s Panthers and a freshly moved Chargers team in desperate need of visibility to choose from the league is going to select a divisional match up against your Dolphins instead. Dream on chipster, only the Bills game would be a worse choice.

    But cheer up, you can empty the sock drawer soon to complain about how New England gets favored

  9. Looks like the schedule will be out sometime around April 18-20. Will be interesting to see how many Primetime games the Raiders get. I expect 2 SNF, 2 MNF and of course the obligatory silly TNF game.

  10. dirtysouthironmen says:
    Apr 2, 2017 11:48 AM
    Basketball in December doesn’t matter…Foootball in December matters.
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    Shoot; the NBA barely even matters in March anymore.

  11. The whining will be as endless as the spin but the AFCW and NFCE will have the toughest schedules. They not only have to face each other but from a travel standpoint they also have to square off against the AFCE and NFCW respectively. That’s a lot of frequent flier miles.

  12. Rumor has it that the Rams will meet the Jags in week one meaning one of these last place teams will will win one game at least and be in first place.

  13. If Denver has such a tough schedule , how do they end up playing the super bowl champs @ home again?? Seems to me they should be coming to Foxboro, not the Pats playing in Denver 2 years in a row. Plus the Pats play on the road in Oakland & Pittsburgh! That’s already been announced.!
    The 5 time champs were undefeated on the road last year though!

  14. plum54 says:
    Apr 2, 2017 1:08 PM
    If Denver has such a tough schedule , how do they end up playing the super bowl champs @ home again?? Seems to me they should be coming to Foxboro, not the Pats playing in Denver 2 years in a row.
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    Since you enjoy whining and crowing at the same time, it will actually be the 3rd year in a row. The same as it was when the Broncos went to New England 3 times in a row from ’12-’14.

  15. “Colts 11-5”

    What is that, the final score of their only win in the upcoming season?

  16. The Dallas Cowboys will have most of the MNF or Sunday prime time games. They bring in more money and fans than any other team.

  17. Apr 2, 2017 12:04 PM
    The Broncos do NOT have the toughest schedule, and I don’t even have to see the final version. The AFCW plays the AFCE, which is one of the weaker of the 8. Also, KC has to play the same schedule, except for 2 1rst place AFC teams, instead of 2 3rd place teams for Denver. Denver won’t be a factor in the playoff mix anyway, so it doesn’t matter.
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    Search it big boy. Try SI, EspN or the Denver Post.

  18. Yes the Broncos do have the toughest schedule this year. Followed by the Chiefs, chargers, and raiders. Google it

  19. thejesusofcool says:
    Apr 2, 2017 11:42 AM

    The teams have been scheduled. Denver has the most difficult schedule this season largely because they play in the most competitive division in the Nfl, coupled with some other challenging matchups. By and large, schedules are determined by the previous year’s records. The rest is all done by software programming. Each division team primarily plays the same out of division teams.
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    The schedule as far as who plays who is known as soon as the regular season is over. This is the “when”. And no, the schedule has very little to do with last season’s record.

    These 14 games are written in stone no matter what place you finish in the standings:
    – 6 games with division opponents
    – 4 games with an entire division in the same conference, on a steady 3-year rotation
    – 4 games with an entire division in the opposite conference, on a steady 4-year rotation

    The remaining two games are record-based: you play the two same-place teams from the two remaining divisions in your conference. If you finish third in 2016, you play the other two third-place teams besides the division you were rotationally assigned. This is why teams like New England and Denver always play each other – because they virtually always win their divisions. They either play each other because its the rotation turn for AFCE to play AFCW, or because they both finished first.

  20. abninf says:
    Apr 2, 2017 1:47 PM
    The Dallas Cowboys will have most of the MNF or Sunday prime time games. They bring in more money and fans than any other team.

    But too bad they haven’t done jack in over 20 years

  21. realtruthteller100 says:
    Apr 2, 2017 1:36 PM
    imo fans shouldnt have access to the schedule until the season begins. let the league keep is in suspense.

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    So In other words fans shouldn’t be able to make plans ahead of time to attend games?

  22. Another season of patriots playing their toughest oppenents when they are coming off long road trips facing difficult teams, playing AFC playoff teams at home for night games, and still leading all teams since Goodell playing least amount of teams coming off bye weeks.

  23. For the Patriots to have the toughest schedule they would have to Play themselves 16 times…

  24. so im guessing the Raiders will have to do 2 east coast games in a row followed by a thursday game in mexico, while the pats come off a bye before that game.

  25. @chippy,

    Is that the reason why the Patriots have dominated the AFCE this century? You should be praying the Fins open up watching the Patriots unveil World Champions Flag# 5 on September 7th instead of ending your season at Gillette in December. Patriots have played in Miami the past two years in December. Houston/ KC most likely season opener.

  26. jchipwood says:
    Apr 2, 2017 2:13 PM
    Another season of patriots playing their toughest oppenents when they are coming off long road trips facing difficult teams, playing AFC playoff teams at home for night games, and still leading all teams since Goodell playing least amount of teams coming off bye weeks.

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    Perfect example of nitwits that constantly wish their imaginary conspiracy theories are why the Patriots are a great team. Twisting your small brain into a pretzel coming up with these gems must be exhausting for you.

    Oh well, time for you to invent more screen names to “fool” everyone some more…

  27. realtruthteller100 says:
    Apr 2, 2017 1:36 PM
    imo fans shouldnt have access to the schedule until the season begins. let the league keep is in suspense.

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    Who hurt you?

  28. MichaelEdits says:
    Apr 2, 2017 12:15 PM
    Well, hush my mouth and call me cornpone, this is so important that I have to cancel my hot dates to watch those December football games.
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    You can watch football and enjoy your hot date with a bowl of spaghetti at the same time! Live Large!

  29. jchipwood says:
    Apr 2, 2017 2:13 PM
    Another season of patriots playing their toughest oppenents when they are coming off long road trips facing difficult teams, playing AFC playoff teams at home for night games, and still leading all teams since Goodell playing least amount of teams coming off bye weeks.
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    Cripes chipster at least put in a little effort, lol. Those numbers aren’t hard to find. The Bengals win the unrested opponents derby in a walk and it’s not even close. The Pats are middle of the pack at 14th, Buffalo and Atlanta have had it the worst. Of course Denver, Pittsburgh and New England have lead the AFC in prime time games against playoff opponents the last 10 years. There’s a national audience for successful teams, people want to watch them play each other. As a fish fan it’s probably hard for you to understand but that’s the reason your sorry team doesn’t play many night games and it actually works to your benefit.

    Everyone’s opponents are written in stone and any sane fan knows what the $cheduling. But please whine on and feel free to let the rest of the puppets out of the sock drawer. Just mull(man) it over and make sure you put them back in the right order. It wouldn’t do to have the pretty one, the drunk one and the banned one too close together.

  30. It is awesome when they release the schedule. It is fun to go through the schedule and pick wins and losses for your team.

    Hopefully they have the Rams play the Chargers in preseason. No travel expenses there! They should give the Raiders a preseason game at Sam Boyd Stadium, to let them get used to their future home. A Raiders-49ers preseason game would have minimal travel expenses, too.

  31. You’d think they have a full proof algorithm by now that accounted for all factors imaginable.

  32. Every year, when the schedule comes out, I pick two road games to attend. Last year, it was the Texans at the Pack and at Jags. GB for obvious reasons, and the Jags were only because it was my anniversary weekend and my wifey hates the cold. Waiting to see when the Rams and Seahawks are scheduled for 2017. Gotta see the Rose Bowl before LA builds the new one and I just gotta see the 12th Man.. Since the goal is to see all stadiums over the next 12-14 years, I gotta get those NFC stadiums done when I can since it’s every eight years. No fear about cold games this year with those two cities.

  33. No one knows who has the toughest schedule. You can say the toughest schedule based on last year, fine, but no one knows who’s going to be better or worse this year. Last year at this time the Vikings and Cardinals looked tough. Things change.

  34. Maust your wrong as usual. And patriot fans I just speak the truth. Don’t be mad at me. Especially when Belichick gets caught for a 3rd time.

  35. No one knows who has the toughest schedule. You can say the toughest schedule based on last year, fine, but no one knows who’s going to be better or worse this year. Last year at this time the Vikings and Cardinals looked tough. Things change.
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    The rankings are based on last years teams wins and losses. You got it now?

  36. Now that Rex Ryan is gone, PLEASE no more Thursday night Bills/Jets games…especially in those ridiculous bright red and green uniforms.

    It’s like watching a game on acid!

  37. broncosfaninohio says:
    Apr 2, 2017 2:08 PM
    abninf says:
    Apr 2, 2017 1:47 PM
    The Dallas Cowboys will have most of the MNF or Sunday prime time games. They bring in more money and fans than any other team.

    But too bad they haven’t done jack in over 20 years
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    So you admit they have the most loyal fans.

  38. I don’t like ATL at NE in Game 1 as I doubt Mr. Kraft will want to raise the banner in ATLs face.

    I would bet on Cam Newton and the Panthers coming in for Game 1.

  39. Yes the Broncos do have the toughest schedule this year.
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    Idiotic. No one knows at this point who has the toughest schedule because few teams are consistently excellent, most follow a surprisingly good year with mediocrity or worse. There are a few consistently good teams and we all know the one that is the most consistently tough to beat. Every fan feels their team gets screwed by the schedule, the best coach just shrugs and says line em up.

  40. dukeblue12 says:
    Like the Saturday games in December, but thought they usually only did that when both Christmas and New Years Day fell on Sundays.

    Nope.
    For a long time the NFL played two Saturday games each of the last two weeks of the regular season.
    That was before Thursday night or Sunday night football existed. Also, most college football teams wrapped up their regular seasons in November, as there were no conference title games. The schedule was fairly empty after the Army-Navy game the first Saturday in December, so the NFL filled the void.
    Then conference title games began, and networks began paying a lot of other schools to postpone their final rivalry games until December. More minor bowl games were added too.
    The NFL itself added Sunday nights and then Thursday night games. Eventually Saturday games fell by the wayside except, as you said, for certain holidays.
    I’d love for them to go back to two Saturday games the last two weekends of the season.

  41. jchipwood says:
    Apr 2, 2017 5:35 PM
    Maust your wrong as usual.
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    My statements can be verified at Sloan and CHFF.
    Please by all means cite yours, outside of your sock drawer that is

  42. They won’t make Atl open at NE because of the pain. Has to happen sometime though.
    It’ll be great if they come out pissed and go up big in the first half.

  43. contra74 says:
    Apr 2, 2017 4:35 PM
    Have the packers already crowned themselves preseason champs?

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    No. Just NFC North Champs, which is a given. And Vikings fans had the Vikings winning the SB last year by October.
    How’d that work out? Heh Heh.

  44. The Networks themselves will have something to say about the Season Opener. The AFC West played the NFC West after Seattle beat Denver, so it seemed like a no-brainer that the Broncos@Seahawks would be the opener in 2014, but CBS didn’t want to lose the revenue for that game. Instead, it was GB@SEA.

  45. thejesusofcool says:
    Apr 2, 2017 11:42 AM

    …By and large, schedules are determined by the previous year’s records.

    Only two games on the schedule are determined by the previous year’s schedule.

    6 games against division
    4 games against an assigned out of conference division
    4 games against an assigned in conference division
    2 games against conference opponents who finished previous season with same conference rank.

  46. stipez says:
    Apr 3, 2017 5:17 AM
    They won’t make Atl open at NE because of the pain. Has to happen sometime though.
    It’ll be great if they come out pissed and go up big in the first half.
    _____________________________
    Why would the pats come out pissed, they won the SB?

  47. Contra74 says:
    April 2, 2017 4:35 PM
    Have the Packers already crowned themselves preseason champs?

    Congrats Contra74 the Vikes have actually beat the Pack on that as they crowned themselves the preseason champs on Feb. 6, 2017.

  48. Here’s hoping that the schedule makers gift me with the Pats going back-to-back weekends at Miami, and at Tampa, in December. Road Trip!!

  49. ESPN is the only one that has an NBA conflict that day since they think the NBA is the only sport played these days.

    I would happily pick any NFL game on Christmas over the NBA.

  50. I like the idea of the dolphins playing in NE for the early part of the season, then the Pats play Miami in Miami in the late part of the season. Seems like a win for both teams to play in warm weather instead of the biter cold in December in NE. Bill…this would also work for Buffalo and the Jets.

  51. Agree with some of the other posts here.
    The idea of analyzing a “strength of schedule” in the NFL is almost totally meaningless in this day of age.

    It’s meaningful ONLY in POST analysis of how hard a schedule someone had the PRIOR year.

    Since the success of almost ALL teams changes so drastically each year, the “strength of schedule” is largely useless.

    A more significant thing is the number of road games against Quality opponents and the number of CONSECUTIVE road games or number in a period of time.

    Many teams gets screwed with TWO straight road games to start the season or 3 out of 4 or 4 out of 5.

    That can kill a season RIGHT from the start.

  52. It is utterly amazing how few people on this board actually understand the NFL scheduling process.

    The opponents and home/away sites are already set. For years to come, subject to final division standings of all teams. Which matchups will be the out-of-country game and which week and time and day all the games take place is what is decided year to year. This part is done with marketing and potential marquee matchups in primetime slots in mind. Then they can flex game times past a certain date based on how the season is going.

    Enjoy the knowledge! Go to your favorite team’s website to see many years ahead of future opponents/slots.

  53. Atlanta won’t be the first game NFL already said it would not be fair, Panthers opened up last year don’t see the NFL giving them 2 years back to back openers..Houston if Romo was on the team he’s not.. it will come down to Miami or KC book it

  54. “Colts 11-5”

    “What is that, the final score of their only win in the upcoming season?”

    No I think that’s the date the Colts will be eliminated from the playoff chase.

  55. The Broncos do NOT have the toughest schedule, and I don’t even have to see the final version. The AFCW plays the AFCE, which is one of the weaker of the 8. Also, KC has to play the same schedule, except for 2 1rst place AFC teams, instead of 2 3rd place teams for Denver. Denver won’t be a factor in the playoff mix anyway, so it doesn’t matter.
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    Yeah except the Chiefs play the Broncos twice while the Broncos have to play the Chiefs twice. The Broncos have a tougher schedule on paper by .002

  56. Looks like the schedule will be out sometime around April 18-20. Will be interesting to see how many Primetime games the Raiders get. I expect 2 SNF, 2 MNF and of course the obligatory silly TNF game.

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    Raiders are not getting all of that. KC did not get a MNF last year because they got TWO SNFs. If raiders were the bengals, they would get one SNF but I see two and a MNF. Five primetime games is not common for one year playoff teams or those below 10 wins.

  57. razzlejag says:
    I would bet on Cam Newton and the Panthers coming in for Game 1.

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    A NFL opener means a matchup against a SNF caliber team. Carolina went 6-10 last year and since the 7-9 saints didn’t get on SNF last year I don’t see Carolina leapfrogging them. They should have beaten the falcons and bucs once.

    And the dolphins CAN happen because they will be one of NE’s SNF matchups as NE has always played SNF against a division rival with 10+ wins. Atlanta will be the other. Bet on Atlanta, Miami, or KC? Yeah LA Chargers had 4 wins, not happening.

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