"The schedule coming out next Thursday will be a focus, too".
All in all, New England plays nine games in the 1 p.m. slot and five games in primetime, including the season opener. The latter, at the Philadelphia Eagles, would likely be moved to a later time if it has playoff implications.
The 2017 Jets schedule is here and. well.it's not exactly easy. Every season, there are several games on the Patriots' schedule that any National Football League fan can watch and appreciate, and 2017 is no exception. The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook gives them 25-1 odds to win Super Bowl LII, tied for 11th-best in the NFL. I'll watch Jameis Winston and Tom Brady.
The Super Bowl LI rematch will come in the middle of the season, rather than the beginning. But the Patriots probably don't mind a few weeks of warm-ups before their grudge match against the team from which they stole the title. Most of the rest of the schedule will be played on December 24, with no night game. The annual road game against the Jets is always fun.More news: Cardell Hayes sentenced to 25 years in prison
The Patriots will play back-to-back games on the road two times and then have a stretch of three straight road games. The Raiders will face the New England Patriots on November 19 in Mexico City as this tweet from Roberto Abramowitz shows. That game against Oakland, given the location and the strength of opponent, might be the toughest game on New England's schedule.
The Falcons visit Chicago in their first game.
Would this have been the matchup in last year's AFC championship game if Raiders quarterback Derek Carr hadn't gotten hurt late in the regular season? The Giants got the better of Dallas twice previous year, so they'll look to keep a leg up while the young Boys hope to assert their presence.