The National Football League (NFL) announced on Thursday, April 20 its weekly schedule for the 2017 regular season, which runs from September 7 through December 31, 2017.
The season kicks off on September 7 on NBC (8:30 PM ET) featuring the defending champion New England Patriots hosting the Kansas City Chiefs at Gillette Stadium.
Week 1 is a Fox national weekend with the key doubleheader game on Sunday, September 10 (4:25 PM ET) featuring the Seattle Seahawks at the Green Bay Packers. Joe Buck and Troy Aikman will be behind the mic while Erin Andrews will report on the sidelines.
Week 3 is the first CBS national weekend with the key doubleheader game showcasing the Cincinnati Bengals facing the Packers at Lambeau Field. Jim Nantz and new CBS Sports personality Tony Romo are scheduled to be the Bengals-Packers announcers alongside Tracy Wolfson as sideline reporter.
NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” gets underway on September 10 when the Dallas Cowboys host the New York Giants (8:30 PM ET) at AT&T Stadium.
For each NBC telecast on Sep. 7 and 10, Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth will call the action.
The ESPN “Monday Night Football” doubleheader on Monday, Sep. 11 concludes Kickoff Weekend 2017. The Minnesota Vikings will host the New Orleans Saints (7:10 PM ET) in the first game followed by the Los Angeles Chargers visiting the Denver Broncos in the nightcap (10:20 PM ET).
ESPN is scheduled to televise one game each Monday night from Weeks 2 thru 16. There will be no Monday night game on the final regular-season weekend (Week 17) to provide more flexibility for the scheduling of the opening weekend of the NFL playoffs.
A select number of games will be “cross-flexed,” moving between CBS and Fox to bring potentially under-distributed games to wider audiences. Some of those contests were announced today, including the Seahawks at the Giants (4:25 PM ET, CBS) in Week 7 and the Vikings at the Carolina Panthers (1:00 PM ET, CBS) in Week 14. Other “cross-flexed” games will be decided during the season.
The 2017 regular season concludes on Sunday, December 31. For the eighth consecutive year, all 16 games scheduled for Week 17 are division contests, enhancing the potential for more games with playoff ramifications.
Other highlights of the schedule:
In Week 2, the Atlanta Falcons will open their new home – Mercedes-Benz Stadium – on Sunday, Sep. 17 in primetime (8:30 PM ET, NBC) when they host the Packers in a rematch of last season’s NFC Championship Game. Earlier that day, the Chargers will make their return to Los Angeles as they host the Miami Dolphins at the StubHub Center (4:05 PM ET, CBS).
The Patriots will host the Falcons in Week 7 on Sunday night, October 22 (8:30 PM ET, NBC) in a rematch of Super Bowl LI, the first Super Bowl in NFL history to go into overtime.
Thanksgiving will feature a tripleheader on Thursday, November 23. The first game will send the Vikings to Detroit to face the Lions (12:30 PM ET, Fox) for the second consecutive year. The late afternoon game will feature the Chargers visiting the Cowboys (4:30 PM ET, CBS). The holiday concludes with the Washington Redskins hosting the Giants on NBC (8:30 PM ET).
In Week 16, NBC’s Sunday Night Football game (Vikings at Packers) will move to Saturday night, December 23 (8:30 PM ET, NBC) due to Christmas Eve and is not subject to flexible scheduling. Christmas Day will feature a doubleheader on Monday, December 25 with the Houston Texans hosting the Pittsburgh Steelers (4:30 PM ET, NBC/NFLN/Amazon Prime) in the first game and the Oakland Raiders visiting the Philadelphia Eagles (8:30 PM ET, ESPN) in primetime.
The NFL’s international slate includes four games in London – the first time the league will play four games in the UK – and one in Mexico City. On Sunday, September 24, the Jacksonville Jaguars will host the Baltimore Ravens at London’s Wembley Stadium (9:30 AM ET, distribution to be announced at a later date). The next weekend, on Sunday, October 1, the Dolphins will host the Saints at Wembley (9:30 AM ET, Fox). In Week 7, the Los Angeles Rams will host the Arizona Cardinals at Twickenham Stadium on Sunday, October 22 (1:00 PM ET, Fox). The following week, the Cleveland Browns will host the Vikings at Twickenham on Sunday, October 29 (9:30 AM ET, NFLN). The NFL will return to Mexico City on Sunday, November 19 (4:25 PM ET, CBS) when the Oakland Raiders host the Patriots at Estadio Azteca.
The NFL has partnered with Amazon Prime this season and will once again use a “Tri-Cast” distribution model of broadcast (CBS/NBC), cable (NFL Network) and digital (Amazon Prime Video) for 10 Thursday Night Football games and a Christmas Day contest. CBS and NBC will each broadcast five Thursday Night Football games which will be simulcast on NFL Network and streamed to Amazon Prime members worldwide. NBC will also broadcast the Christmas Day game. CBS will start in Week 4 (Thursday, September 28) when the Packers host the Chicago Bears. NBC’s Tri-Cast package begins in Week 10 (Thursday, November 9) when the Seahawks visit the Arizona Cardinals. Additionally, NFL Network will also exclusively televise a seven-game schedule comprised of three Thursday Night Football games, three late-season Saturday contests and a Sunday morning London matchup.
The NFL’s 32 teams will each play 16 games over 17 weeks. Byes will begin in Week 5 and end in Week 11.
“Flexible scheduling” will be used in Weeks 10-15 and 17. Additionally, in Weeks 5-9, flexible scheduling may be used in no more than two weeks. In Weeks 5-15, the schedule lists the games tentatively set for Sunday Night Football on NBC. Only Sunday afternoon games are eligible to be moved to Sunday night, in which case the tentatively scheduled Sunday night game would be moved to an afternoon start time. Flexible scheduling will not be applied to games airing on Thursday, Saturday or Monday nights. A flexible scheduling move would be announced at least 12 days before the game. For Week 17, the Sunday night game will be announced no later than six days prior to December 31. The schedule does not list a Sunday night game in Week 17, but an afternoon game with playoff implications will be moved to that time slot. Flexible scheduling ensures quality matchups in all Sunday time slots in those weeks and gives “surprise” teams a chance to play their way into prime time.
The playoffs will include four division winners and two wild cards from each conference. The playoffs begin with Wild Card Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, January 6-7. The two division winners with the best records in each conference will earn first-round byes.
Wild Card Weekend winners join the top two division champions in each conference in the Divisional Playoffs on Saturday and Sunday, January 13-14. The AFC and NFC Championship Games will be played on Sunday, January 21. The winners meet two weeks later on Sunday, February 4 in Super Bowl LII at Minnesota’s U.S. Bank Stadium (NBC).
The NFL is the only sports league that presents all regular-season and postseason games on free, over-the-air television in local markets. All postseason games are televised nationally.
Westwood One will broadcast on radio all NFL primetime games, the three Thanksgiving Day games and the entire NFL playoffs.
All times Eastern. Schedule subject to change.
Primetime games for the 2016 NFL season:
Week 1: Sept. 7: Kansaa City Chiefs at New England Patriots, NBC
Week 2: Sept. 14: Houston Texans at Cincinnati Bengals, NFL Network
Week 3: Sept. 21: Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco 49ers, NFL Network
Week 4: Sept. 28: Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers, CBS/NFLN/Amazon
Week 5: Oct. 5: New England Patriots at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, CBS/NFLN/Amazon
Week 6: Oct. 12: Philadelphia Eagles at Carolina Panthers, CBS/NFLN/Amazon
Week 7: Oct. 19: Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders, CBS/NFLN/Amazon
Week 8: Oct. 26: Miami Dolphins at Baltimore Ravens, CBS/NFLN/Amazon
Week 9: Nov. 2: Buffalo Bills at New York Jets, NFL Network
Week 10: Nov. 9: Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals, NBC/NFLN/Amazon
Week 11: Nov. 16: Tennessee Titans at Pittsburgh Steelers, NBC/NFLN/Amazon
Week 12: Nov. 23: Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions (12:30 p.m. ET, Fox); Chargers at Cowboys (4:30 p.m. ET, CBS); Giants at Redskins (8:30 p.m. ET, NBC)
Week 13: Nov. 30: Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys, NBC/NFLN/Amazon
Week 14: Dec. 7: New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons, NBC/NFLN/Amazon
Week 15: Dec. 14: Denver Broncos at Indianapolis Colts, NBC/NFLN/Amazon
Week 1: Sept. 10: New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys
Week 2: Sept. 17: Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons
Week 3: Sept. 24: Oakland Raiders at Washington Redskins
Week 4: Oct. 1: Indianapolis Colts at Seattle Seahawks
Week 5: Oct. 8: Kansas City Chiefs at Houston Texans
Week 6: Oct. 15: New York Giants at Denver Broncos
Week 7: Oct. 22: Atlanta Falcons at New England Patriots
Week 8: Oct. 29: Pittsburgh Steelers at Detroit Lions
Week 9: Nov. 5: Oakland Raiders at Miami Dolphins
Week 10: Nov. 12: New England Patriots at Denver Broncos
Week 11: Nov. 19: Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys
Week 12: Nov. 26: Green Bay Packers at Pittsburgh Steelers
Week 13: Dec. 3: Philadelphia Eagles at Seattle Seahawks
Week 14: Dec. 10: Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers
Week 15: Dec. 17: Dallaa Cowboys at Oakland Raiders
Week 17: Dec. 31: TBD (Flex)
Week 1: Sept. 11: New Orleans Saints at Minnesota Vikings, 7:10 p.m. ET; Los Angeles Chargers at Denver Broncos, 10:20 p.m. ET
Week 2: Sept. 18: Detroit Lions at New York Giants
Week 3: Sept. 25: Dallas Cowboys at Arizona Cardinals
Week 4: Oct. 2: Washington Redskins at Kansas City Chiefs
Week 5: Oct. 9: Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears
Week 6: Oct. 16: Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans
Week 7: Oct. 23: Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles
Week 8: Oct. 30: Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs
Week 9: Nov. 6: Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers
Week 10: Nov. 13: Miami Dolphins at Carolina Panthers
Week 11: Nov. 20: Atlanta Falcons at Seattle Seahawks
Week 12: Nov. 27: Houston Texans at Baltimore Ravens
Week 13: Dec. 4: Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals
Week 14: Dec. 11: New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins
Week 15: Dec. 18: Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Week 16: Dec. 25: Pittsburgh Steelers at Houston Texans, 4:30 p.m. ET (NBC/NFLN/Amazon); Oakland Raiders at Philadelphia Eagles, 8:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)
AFC and NFC Divisional Playoffs: January 13-14, 2018
AFC Championship Game: January 21, 2018 3 p.m. (CBS)
NFC Championship Game: January 21, 2018 6:30 p.m. (Fox)
Super Bowl LII: February 4, 2018 6:25 p.m. (NBC)