Published: Sat, April 22, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

Super Bowl Champion Patriots full 2017 NFL schedule released

Super Bowl Champion Patriots full 2017 NFL schedule released

The Super Bowl champion New England Patriots now know their road to defending their title. Also, two of the five Sunday night matchups in Weeks 5 through 9 can be flexed.

The schedule will be announced at 5 p.m. PT on the NFL Network.

Julio Jones was NOT interfered with by Richard Sherman last season in Seattle. Oakland turned out to be one of the NFL's most explosive offenses, an very bad season-opening matchup for the Saints defense. Beyond the rematch angle, seeing Julio Jones go up against that re-tooled New England secondary should be extremely fun to watch.

The Patriots' regular Thursday night game will take one week later place against another NFC South team: the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Patriots will be looking to prove their comeback was proof they were the better team.

The New York Jets will kick off their 2017 campaign traveling north to play the Buffalo Bills in week one. And per usual, it might be a tougher matchup than expected. For the first time in five years, neither the Cleveland Browns nor the Jacksonville Jaguars will play in prime time.

The Super Bowl LI rematch will come in the middle of the season, rather than the beginning. For the first time since 2012 and only the second time in the past decade, the Vikings will open the season at home.

49ers at Redskins, Oct. 15 at 1 p.m. ...

For the second straight year, the Patriots' bye week is placed rather conveniently. New England would rally from a 28-3 deficit to pick up the win.

We'll have to wait a couple of days for the rest.

The Patriots feature heavily in the 10 must-see games of the 2017 campaign. But these teams should be contenders again, and the outcome should be significant for both. Week 12 - vs Dolphins - Sun.

Sunday, Dec. 3: at Buffalo, 1 p.m. The 2017 season will mark the first time since then that a team didn't play at least once on Thursday.

Coming off a physical road encounter with the Seahawks before traveling east for an early start time against an unfamiliar foe with a mobile quarterback in Marcus Mariota, it will be real easy for the Rams to slip up in this spot. The slot actually is a good one for the team, though, as it will not have to struggle with the Florida heat as much as it usually does. A year ago the Jets went just 2-6 at home games and their quarterback situation has not improved in the interim. The Rams will play in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, a cavernous 93,000-seat stadium that was perhaps half-full for games by the end of last season. Or are you just flipping on the TV and falling asleep from tryptophan?

By the year 2020 at the latest, the Oakland Raiders will cease existence while the Las Vegas Raiders will rise to prominence.

Week 17: December 31 (Sunday): vs.

Once New Orleans gets back from a trip to Green Bay on October 22, the Saints get six of the final 10 at home, including out-of-division games against teams that will pick third, sixth, 10th and another, the Los Angeles Rams, that would be picking fifth if it hadn't traded the pick to the Tennessee Titans. For the eighth consecutive year, all 16 games scheduled for Week 17 are division contests, enhancing the potential for more games with play-off ramifications.

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