NFL releases 2017 schedule; Falcons land five prime-time games

NFL releases 2017 schedule; Falcons land five prime-time games

April 20th, 2017 by staff and wire reports in Breaking News

Atlanta Falcons' Matt Ryan walks off the field after the NFL football NFC championship game against the Green Bay Packers, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, in Atlanta. The Falcons won 44-21 to advance to Super Bowl LI. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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Falcons Schedule

Sept. 10 at Chicago, 1 p.m.
Sept. 17 Green Bay, 8:30 p.m.
Sept. 24 at Detroit, 1 p.m.
Oct. 1 Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Oct. 8 BYE
Oct. 15 Miami, 1 p.m.
Oct. 22 x-at New England, 8:30 p.m.
Oct. 29 at New York Jets, 1 p.m.
Nov. 5 at Carolina, 1 p.m.
Nov. 12 Dallas, 4:25 p.m.
Nov. 20 at Seattle, 8:30 p.m.
Nov. 26 Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.
Dec. 3 Minnesota, 1 p.m.
Dec. 7 New Orleans, 8:25 p.m.
Dec. 18 at Tampa Bay, 8:30 p.m.
Dec. 24 at New Orleans, 1 p.m.
Dec. 31 Carolina, 1 p.m.

Titans Schedule

Sept. 10 Oakland, 1 p.m.
Sept. 17 at Jacksonville, 1 p.m.
Sept. 24 Seattle, 4:05 p.m.
Oct. 1 at Houston, 1 p.m.
Oct. 8 at Miami, 1 p.m.
Oct. 16 Indianapolis, 8:30 p.m.
Oct. 22 at Cleveland, 1 p.m.
Oct. 29 BYE
Nov. 5 Baltimore, 1 p.m.
Nov. 12 Cincinnati, 1 p.m.
Nov. 16 at Pittsburgh, 8:25 p.m.
Nov. 26 at Indianapolis, 1 p.m.
Dec. 3 Houston, 1 p.m.
Dec. 10 at Arizona, 4:05 p.m.
Dec. 17 at San Francisco, 4:25 p.m.
Dec. 24 Los Angeles Rams, 1 p.m.
Dec. 31 Jacksonville, 1 p.m.

The NFL released its 2017 regular season schedule Thursday night. 

One of the spoils of being champion: The New England Patriots will kick off the NFL season on Sept. 7 by hosting the Kansas City Chiefs.

New England earned that honor with its record comeback to beat Atlanta in the Super Bowl. Its opening opponent in a Thursday night game won the AFC West last season.

The Falcons visit Chicago in their first game.

The rest of the opening weekend will feature what seems like a yearly occurrence, with Dallas hosting the New York Giants on Sunday night. They finished 1-2 in the NFC East in 2016.

On Monday night, New Orleans is at Minnesota, followed by the Chargers, in their first game representing Los Angeles since 1960, at Denver.

Five games will be held abroad, beginning with Baltimore vs. Jacksonville in London on Sept. 24. The next week, Miami hosts New Orleans. In Week 7, the Rams host the Cardinals, followed the next week by Minnesota vs. Cleveland.

New England is the visitor against Oakland at Mexico City on Nov. 19.

Thanksgiving's traditional games will have Minnesota at Detroit and the Chargers at Dallas. In prime time, the Redskins will be home for the Giants.

Christmas weekend will be busy. Two Saturday matches have Indianapolis at Baltimore in late afternoon, Minnesota at Green Bay at night on Dec. 23. Most of the rest of the schedule will be played on Dec. 24, with no night game. On Christmas Day, Pittsburgh will go to Houston in a late-afternoon matchup, followed by Oakland at Philadelphia.

The season ends when 2017 does, on Dec. 31.

The Falcons are scheduled to open their new stadium in an NFC championship rematch with Green Bay on Sunday night in Week 2. Atlanta has five prime-time games, the same number as New England. The Super Bowl rematch comes Sunday night, Oct. 22.

The Falcons will play in prime-time Monday, Nov. 20 at Seattle and in back-to-back weeks in December. They will take on New Orleans, at home, Thursday, Dec. 7 and then travel to Tampa Bay for a Monday night showdown Dec. 18.

The Titans play two prime-time games in the regular season, starting with a Monday night game Oct. 16 at home against the Colts. They will also travel to Pittsburgh Nov. 16 to play on Thursday night. 

Every team except Cleveland and Jacksonville will get prime-time exposure. Neither of those clubs has a Thursday game, either. It's the first time since the league went to a full season of Thursday night football that any clubs have been omitted.

Once again, Sunday nights will have flexible scheduling, from Weeks 10 through 15 and for the final weekend. Also, two of the five Sunday night matchups in Weeks 5 through 9 can be flexed.

Byes will occur Weeks 5 through 11.