On Tuesday, the NFL officially adopted a 17-game regular season for the 2021 campaign and beyond. Here are the 16 games they added to the docket.
It’s here. After going 43 years of playing 16 regular-season games per team, the NFL is expanding. On Tuesday, what had been rumored since the signing of the latest Collective Bargaining Agreement last March became official with the owners passing the measure.
Going forward, some things will change. Each year, conferences will alternate who plays nine home games compared to eight. In the maiden voyage, it’s the AFC getting said right. However, the NFC will host two preseason games, while the AFC only has one.
With the change in scheduling, here’s how it all shakes in terms of an added 17th game. Keep in mind, this isn’t necessarily Week 18 (or the 17th game of each slate) but a game which will go somewhere on the schedule.
- Washington Football Team at Buffalo Bills
- New York Giants at Miami Dolphins
- Dallas Cowboys at New England Patriots
- Philadelphia Eagles at New York Jets
- Los Angeles Rams at Baltimore Ravens
- Seattle Seahawks at Pittsburgh Steelers
- San Francisco 49ers at Cincinnati Bengals
- Arizona Cardinals at Cleveland Browns
- New Orleans Saints at Tennessee Titans
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Indianapolis Colts
- Atlanta Falcons at Jacksonville Jaguars
- Carolina Panthers at Houston Texans
- Green Bay Packers at Kansas City Chiefs
- Chicago Bears at Las Vegas Raiders
- Minnesota Vikings at Los Angeles Chargers
- Detroit Lions at Denver Broncos
The 2021 NFL regular season will start on Thursday, Sept. 9 and finish with Super Bowl LVI in Los Angeles on Feb. 13.