Ranking best potential games of 2017 National Football League season

Owen Stevens
April 22, 2017

In addition to five games against the AFC East, the Patriots other three games after the bye come against the Broncos (Super Bowl L champions), the Raiders, and the Steelers.

The Stamford-based sportscaster will show a combined 28 regular season and postseason games - the most ever by an National Football League broadcast prime time TV partner.

In Week 13 the Eagles travel to Seattle, where Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman held opposing quarterbacks to a 63.8 passer rating last season. The game will be the Patriots' third regular-season game played outside the United States.

Despite opening their new stadium, the Super Bowl runner up Falcons can't compete with the prices in New England.

But there's no backing out of this trip.

There is a school of thought that it would have been better for the Falcons to move past this game as soon as possible, but the buildup in Week 7 should be far less intense than what it would have been for the annual kickoff game.

Notable games include the Thursday night season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs and a Super Bowl LI rematch against the Atlanta Falcons during Week 7.

Sunday, Sept. 24: New England vs. Houston, 1:00 p.m.

Tennessee has a marquee matchup as well, with the Raiders visiting Nashville at noon.

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

Atlanta's brand new Mercedes Benz Stadium debuts in a Week 2 NFC Championship game rematch with the Green Bay Packers.

Sunday, Nov. 19 at Oakland Raiders (Mexico City), 4:25 p.m.

The Chiefs' only back-to-back road games are sandwiched by a bye week in Week 10.

Tom Brady, Brandin Cooks, and the Patriots will also face two additional 2016 AFC Division winners in 2017.

Sunday, Dec. 3: at Buffalo, 1 p.m.

The Patriots will play three of their first four games at home, with a trip to New Orleans (Sept. 17, 1 p.m.) interrupting the homestand that includes visits by Houston and Carolina on Sept. 24 and October 1, both 1 p.m. starts.

Week 1 vs. L.A. Chargers, Mon.

The bad news is this is the toughest Chiefs schedule we've seen in a few years, loaded with play off hopeful teams outside of a very competitive AFC West.

Perhaps Malcolm Butler will be in New Orleans to cover Cooks, if he's dealt to the Saints before the season begins.

The Giants can beat a third NFC East foe in four weeks to close the regular season and still have time to watch the ball drop from across the Hudson River. The league has a rigid formula for determining each team's schedule every season, so we've known the opponents of every team since last season ended in January. But of course, life can take over at times and it's not easy to free up your time to see all 16 games.

Besides the five nationally televised games, the Patriots will travel to Mexico City to face the defending AFC West Champion Oakland Raiders on November 19 as part of the NFL's International Series. Too bad for Oakland Raiders fans this "home" game is being played overseas.

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