Pats open season hosting the Chiefs

Posted April 21, 2017

The 2017 National Football League schedule has been released, revealing the exact dates and locations each of the 32 teams will play this fall.

Commissioner Roger Goodell announced at the league's owners meeting last month that he plans to attend the season opener. What makes this more interesting is the Falcons will know just how they have rebounded from that devastating loss because the game is seven weeks into the season.

As mentioned by oddshark, the Patriots covered 15 of their 16 games last season.

Too bad this wasn't the game to open the season, but it's still the most anticipated rematch.

Finally, the Giants have four trips into the Mountain or Pacific time zones, giving them more travel miles than any East Coast team with the exception of the Jaguars, who have a home game in London.

Seattle's home games in 2017 are: Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts and Atlanta Falcons. The Steelers could still be the very best hope that the rest of the AFC has to stop the Patriots from making the Super Bowl for a third time in four years, and this game could very well be another AFC Championship preview.

The NFL returns to Mexico City on Sunday, November 19 (9.25pm) when the Oakland Raiders host the Patriots at Estadio Azteca. October 22 8:30 p.m.

The Rams-Cardinals game will be a rare division contest played overseas.

The Raiders, who plan to move to Las Vegas in 2019 or 2020, play their home opener in Week 2 against the New York Jets on September 17. It's been reported that thousands of potential schedules are generated before the final schedule is agreed upon and released. The next week, Miami hosts New Orleans.

Five of the Patriots' first-half opponents failed to make the playoffs last season and they are, as a group, expected to finish below.500 in 2017.