Packers-Chiefs, Cardinals-Browns among additions to 2021’s 17-game schedule

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NFL owners have approved a 17-game schedule for the 2021 season and that means each team now has a new opponent on their schedule.

The 17th game will be an inter-conference game each season and teams the conferences will alternate hosting duties. The AFC will host the games in 2021 and they will feature matchups of teams that finished in the same spot in their division during the 2020 season.

A meeting between the Packers and Chiefs is a marquee attraction on that list of games. Patrick Mahomes was out with an injury when the two teams met in 2019, so this will hopefully be the first time he and Aaron Rodgers play in the same game. The schedule also includes a potential meeting of former first overall picks when Kyler Murray‘s Cardinals meet Myles Garrett and Baker Mayfield‘s Browns.

The full list of games added to the schedule as a result of the approval appears below:

Washington Football Team at Bills.

Giants at Dolphins.

Cowboys at Patriots.

Eagles at Jets.

Seahawks at Steelers.

Rams at Ravens.

Cardinals at Browns.

49ers at Bengals.

Saints at Titans.

Buccaneers at Colts.

Panthers at Texans.

Falcons at Jaguars.

Packers at Chiefs.

Bears at Raiders.

Vikings at Chargers.

Lions at Broncos.

21 responses to “Packers-Chiefs, Cardinals-Browns among additions to 2021’s 17-game schedule

  1. Would it be more fun to have a rivalry game instead?

    Jets v giants every year seems better than randomness.

  2. @juan759 The Browns (at least) don’t really have a cross-conference rival, though. Maybe Detroit since we always play in the preseason, but that’s not really a rivalry.

  3. So will these games be all the same weekend (like the last or first game of the season), or will they be sprinkled in throughout the regular weekly schedule?

  4. I agree that it should’ve been a rivalry game. Even teams without a natural cross-conference rivalry can build one. Bucs-Dolphins isn’t a rivalry but if it was played every year it would easily become one.

    And teams like the Packers can play someone like the Bills, who really aren’t natural rivals at all. They’ll become one! Familiarity breeds contempt!

    But whatever.

  5. Wait…an interconference game between teams that finished in the similar position from the previous season? Should be Chiefs-Bucs and Packers-Bills etc…etc….

    How did the Bucs draw the Colts? The Colts weren’t anywhere near the SB last year.

  6. Some of these games are rivalry’s based on potential ratings at least. Among the games are.

    Baker Mayfield vs his former backup at Oklahoma Kyler Murray

    Bitter Indianapolis sports fans vs Tom Brady.

    The battle of State Farm insurance employees between Mahomes and Rogers.

    The battle of the team that invented the west coast offense vs the team that perfected it in Bengals vs 49ers.

    I mean if the networks are creative they can build some decent promo packages for these games to hype them.

  7. jjackwagon says:
    March 30, 2021 at 3:59 pm
    Wait…an interconference game between teams that finished in the similar position from the previous season? Should be Chiefs-Bucs and Packers-Bills etc…etc….

    How did the Bucs draw the Colts? The Colts weren’t anywhere near the SB last year.
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    Bucs – Raiders would have been a more logical pairing.

  8. jcdough says:
    March 30, 2021 at 3:21 pm
    Packers and Chiefs huh?? Been there, done that.
    -Bucs fan

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    One good year and these doormats think they’re somebody.

  9. Rivalry? Only fans think that way. Players only consider their effort and if their effort is enough to earn them a bigger contract. Winning doesn’t matter anymore. Just look at how the players act at post game pressers when they lose what fans think is a big game. The players can’t even act like their hearts were in it. They talk about how they did statistically with more emotion than the outcome of the game. And to think, some here think the players aren’t getting their fair share.

  10. After the packers disgraced not only their fan base but also the NFC north during their last playoff game will fans be mandated to wear brown bags over their heads?

  11. More interconference games is a good thing. Tom Brady rarely played against Aaron Rodgers because they were in different conferences. Now similar matchups become more likely and more frequent. Mahomes vs. Rodgers can be a real high scoring shootout.

  12. How did the Bucs draw the Colts? The Colts weren’t anywhere near the SB last year.

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    the matchups are based on 2020 regular season standings. The AFC south is hosting the NFC South. So Titans, who came in first, host the Saints, who also came in first. Colts, who came in second, host the Bucs, who also came in second, etc.

  13. harianus says:
    March 30, 2021 at 7:01 pm
    After the packers disgraced not only their fan base but also the NFC north during their last playoff game will fans be mandated to wear brown bags over their heads?
    Zzzzzzz

    I don’t get it.

  14. ohokgotit says:
    March 30, 2021 at 3:19 pm
    Oh yeah Vikings at Chargers… clearing the schedule for that one.
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    The same could be be said for Vikings at anybody or anybody at Chargers.

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    They should just get it done all at once:
    18 games; 2 byes; 60 player roster; on site review official; challenge anything; $250M salary cap; 16 playoff teams; pre-playoff division flex schedule round-robin so that highest stake division game is W18; Super Bowl on legal holiday weekend.

  16. No need for inter-divisional matchups when you already see a team twice each season.

  17. It’s nice to see the NFL has come to its senses and scheduled the SUPER BOWL in Cleveland this year when the Cardinals come to visit the Browns.

  18. californianewton says:
    March 30, 2021 at 7:04 pm
    More interconference games is a good thing. Tom Brady rarely played against Aaron Rodgers because they were in different conferences. Now similar matchups become more likely and more frequent. Mahomes vs. Rodgers can be a real high scoring shootout.
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    YEA maybe they’ll be honest and promote it as the “NO DEFENSES REQUIRED GAME OF THE WEEK”!

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