Ah, yes, finally the NFL schedule is about the come out. While the entire slate of 256 regular season games won't be "officially" revealed until 8 p.m. tonight, the leaks are starting to pour out for the upcoming schedule.
We can confirm that the New York Giants will play the Washington Redskins on Thanksgiving Day night. It will be the first time Big Blue will play a Turkey Day game since 2009, when they got smacked around by the Denver Broncos. For the Skins, it will be their second straight appearance on Thanksgiving. Last season, they lost a shutout to the Dallas Cowboys. Of note, however, this will be the first time ever that the Redskins will host a Thanksgiving Day game at home.
Other rumors out there revolve around the Patriots. New England is expected to open up the season against the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night football, September 7. The Patriots are also expected to the play the Oakland/Las Vegas Raiders on November 19 in Mexico City. Many expect that to be a Sunday night game.
The Atlanta Falcons are expected to christen their new Mercedes Benz Stadium in Week 1 on Sunday night. There has been speculation that the opponent will either be the Cowboys, Packers or the Minnesota Vikings. I'll guess that it will be the Cowboys. Why? Jerry Jones influence to play in a new stadium. The Cowboys equal TV ratings. Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliot playing against the defending NFC Champs.
UPDATE 10:22 AM
According to Mike Klis on Twitter, the Denver Broncos will open the 2017 season at home against the San...er...Los Angeles Chargers on Monday Night Football. No word if this will be the second game on the MNF double-header, or whether ESPN will do the double-header again this season.
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League Network source: Broncos to open 2017 season at home vs LA Chargers on Monday night.