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NFL schedule 2018: Rams-Chiefs head to Mexico City; NFL moves up prime-time kickoffs

April 20,2018 20:14

The Los Angeles Rams took matters into their own hands, announcing the time and date of one of their games the night before Thursday night's prime time NFL schedule-reveal show. They're heading to Mexico City for a Nov. 19 game against the Kansas City ...

After a thrilling playoff game, the Falcons and Eagles will kick off the 2018 season. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports)

The NFL season will open Sept. 6 with the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles hosting the Atlanta Falcons, whom they beat in the NFC divisional round last season. The opening weekend features several other intriguing matchups, including Jon Gruden returning to the coaching ranks in a Monday night game between the Oakland Raiders and Los Angeles Rams. And the three Thanksgiving games will include three divisional showdowns: the Chicago Bears at the Detroit Lions, the Washington Redskins at the Dallas Cowboys and the Atlanta Falcons at the New Orleans Saints.
Those were among the highlights of the NFL’s Thursday night schedule reveal, an event that has somehow become yet another landmark of the league’s 365-day calendar.
The NFL is also moving up kickoff time for prime-time games, in a move that will delight East Coasters and irritate West Coasters. “Monday Night Football” will start at 8:15 p.m. (15 minutes earlier); “Sunday Night Football” will kick off at 8:20 (10 minutes earlier); and “Thursday Night Football” will begin at 8:20 (five minutes earlier).
Here’s a look at each team’s schedule, plus one game we’re most looking forward to for every team. But first, a look at some of the schedule’s most intriguing games.
Falcons at Eagles, Sept. 6: The Eagles begin a defense of their Super Bowl title in the NFL’s season-opening game. Will it be with Carson Wentz back at quarterback or with reigning Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles still filling in?
49ers at Vikings, Sept. 9: The Vikings made Kirk Cousins the NFL’s highest-paid player by signing the free agent quarterback to a guaranteed three-year, $84 million contract. Cousins’s first game comes against the Niners and Jimmy Garoppolo, who signed a five-year, $137.5 million deal before free agency to remain in San Francisco.
Texans at Patriots, Sept. 9: Deshaun Watson probably would have been the NFL’s offensive rookie of the year last season if his season hadn’t ended early. He returns to try to pick up where he left off.
Bengals at Colts, Sept. 9: Andrew Luck once was going to be the NFL’s next big thing at quarterback. Will he be back in the lineup on Opening Day and, if so, will he once more resemble a franchise quarterback?
Patriots at Jaguars, Sept. 16: The rematch of last season’s AFC title game comes in Week 2 in Jacksonville.
Chargers at Rams, Sept. 23: The “Fight for L.A.” becomes more than a Chargers’ marketing slogan.
Vikings at Eagles, Oct. 7: Cousins returns to a familiar NFC East site in a high-profile matchup of prospective conference favorites.
Eagles vs. Jaguars in London, Oct. 28: They were two of the league’s most surprising success stories last season. Everyone will be waiting to see what each can do for an encore. The NFL gives fans in London a matchup of very attractive teams.
Saints at Vikings, Oct. 28: The two teams that produced one of the most memorable endings ever to an NFL playoff game get back together, this time in a Sunday night game.
Raiders at Niners, Nov. 1: The offseason roster retooling by the 49ers, with the re-signing of Garoppolo and the arrival of Richard Sherman, and the hiring of Jon Gruden as the Raiders’ coach provide some intrigue to this Thursday night meeting of the Bay Area’s teams.
Rams at Saints, Nov. 4: They were the two NFC front-runners that failed to reach the conference championship game last season. There are plenty of reasons to believe they could be back in the Super Bowl chase this season given the Rams’ big offseason moves and Drew Brees’s decision to remain in New Orleans.
Packers at Patriots, Nov. 4: Aaron Rodgers vs. Tom Brady. Appreciate it while they’re both still at (or near) the tops of their games.
Steelers at Jaguars, Nov. 18: The Jaguars ousted the Steelers from last season’s AFC playoffs. The Steelers get their chance at a small measure of regular season payback.
Vikings at Patriots, Dec. 2: The Vikings added Cousins as the potential final piece to a Super Bowl puzzle. If they actually do get there, perhaps the Patriots would be waiting for them.
Eagles at Rams, Dec. 16: It’s Wentz vs. Jared Goff as two potential NFC heavyweights square off.
Patriots at Steelers, Dec. 16: The NFL’s new catch rule means that, this time, the Jesse James play would have been a catch and a touchdown. That comes a bit late for the Steelers.
AFC EAST
New England Patriots
Sept. 9 vs. Houston Texans, 1 p.m. (CBS)Sept. 16 at Jacksonville Jaguars, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)Sept. 23 at Detroit Lions, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)Sept. 30 vs. Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m. (CBS)Oct. 4 vs. Indianapolis Colts, 8:20 p.m. (FOX/NFLN)Oct. 14 vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)Oct. 21 at Chicago Bears, 1 p.m. (CBS)Oct. 29 at Buffalo Bills, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)Nov. 4 vs. Green Bay Packers, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)Nov. 11 at Tennessee Titans, 1 p.m. (CBS)Nov. 18 — BYENov. 25 at New York Jets, 1 p.m. (CBS)Dec. 2 vs. Minnesota Vikings, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)Dec. 9 at Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m. (CBS)Dec. 16 at Pittsburgh Steelers, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)Dec. 23 vs. Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m. (CBS)Dec. 30 vs. New York Jets, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Games we can’t wait for: It will be must-see when the Patriots play the Steelers in that December rematch of their 2017 regular season game (won 27-24 by the Pats) and when they face the Jaguars in a September AFC title game replay (won 24-20 by New England). Then there’s the aforementioned Green Bay showdown on a Sunday night. We declare a three-way tie.
Buffalo Bills
Sept. 9 at Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m. (CBS)Sept. 16 vs. Los Angeles Chargers, 1 p.m. (CBS)Sept. 23 at Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m. (CBS)Sept. 30 at Green Bay Packers, 1 p.m. (CBS)Oct. 7 vs. Tennessee Titans, 1 p.m. (CBS)Oct. 14 at Houston Texans, 1 p.m. (CBS)Oct. 21 at Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m. (CBS)Oct. 29 vs. New England Patriots, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)Nov. 4 vs. Chicago Bears, 1 p.m. (CBS)Nov. 11 at New York Jets, 1 p.m. (CBS)Nov. 18 — BYENov. 25 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m. (CBS)Dec. 2 at Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m. (CBS)Dec. 9 vs. New York Jets, 1 p.m. (CBS)Dec. 16 vs. Detroit Lions, 1 p.m. (FOX)Dec. 23 at New England Patriots, 1 p.m. (CBS)Dec. 30 vs. Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m. (CBS)
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Game we can’t wait for: The Bills promise to be interesting, but we’re looking forward to the first matchup against the Patriots, a Monday Night Football home game. Buffalo figures to still be salty over the Kelvin Benjamin touchdown catch that was overturned during the NFL’s Great 2017 Season of Just What Is a Catch Anyway.
Miami Dolphins
Sept. 9 vs. Tennessee Titans, 1 p.m. (FOX)Sept. 16 at New York Jets, 1 p.m. (CBS)Sept. 23 vs. Oakland Raiders, 1 p.m. (CBS)Sept. 30 at New England Patriots, 1 p.m. (CBS)Oct. 7 at Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m. (CBS)Oct. 14 vs. Chicago Bears, 1 p.m. (FOX)Oct. 21 vs. Detroit Lions, 1 p.m. (FOX)Oct. 25 at Houston Texans, 8:20 p.m. (FOX/NFLN)Nov. 4 vs. New York Jets, 1 p.m. (CBS)Nov. 11 at Green Bay Packers, 1 p.m. (CBS)Nov. 18 — BYENov. 25 at Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m. (CBS)Dec. 2 vs. Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m. (CBS)Dec. 9 vs. New England Patriots, 1 p.m. (CBS)Dec. 16 at Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m. (CBS)Dec. 22 or 23 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, TBD (TBD)Dec. 30 at Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Game we can’t wait for: The Dolphins haven’t been to Lambeau Field since October 2010, a game they won. And they aren’t used to the snow; only two of the team’s six trips to the frozen tundra have been in November or December. This one comes Nov. 11.
New York Jets
Sept. 10 at Detroit Lions, 7:10 p.m. (ESPN)Sept. 16 vs. Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m. (CBS)Sept. 20 at Cleveland Browns, 8:20 p.m. (NFLN)Sept. 30 at Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m. (FOX)Oct. 7 vs. Denver Broncos, 1 p.m. (CBS)Oct. 14 vs. Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m. (CBS)Oct. 21 vs. Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m. (FOX)Oct. 28 at Chicago Bears, 1 p.m. (CBS)Nov. 4 at Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m. (CBS)Nov. 11 vs. Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m. (CBS)Nov. 18 — BYENov. 25 vs. New England Patriots, 1 p.m. (CBS)Dec. 2 at Tennessee Titans, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)Dec. 9 at Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m. (CBS)Dec. 15 vs. Houston Texans, TBD (NFLN)Dec. 23 vs. Green Bay Packers, 1 p.m. (FOX)Dec. 30 at New England Patriots, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Game we can’t wait for: The Browns and Jets are both likely to use high draft picks on quarterbacks later this month. Maybe, just maybe, this September prime-time showdown will be a marquee matchup of two touted youngsters.
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AFC NORTH 
Pittsburgh Steelers
Sept. 9 at Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m. (CBS)Sept. 16 vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 1 p.m. (CBS)Sept. 24 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)Sept. 30 vs. Baltimore Ravens, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)Oct. 7 vs. Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m. (FOX)Oct. 14 at Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m. (CBS)Oct. 21 — BYEOct. 28 vs. Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m. (CBS)Nov. 4 at Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m. (CBS)Nov. 8 vs. Carolina Panthers, 8:20 p.m. (FOX/NFLN)Nov. 18 at Jacksonville Jaguars, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)Nov. 25 at Denver Broncos, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)Dec. 2 vs. Los Angeles Chargers, 1 p.m. (CBS)Dec. 9 at Oakland Raiders, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)Dec. 16 vs. New England Patriots, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)Dec. 23 at New Orleans Saints, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)Dec. 30 vs. Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Game we can’t wait for: The first game against the Bengals, in mid-October, will be emotional after linebacker Ryan Shazier suffered a serious back injury in last season’s early December game.
Baltimore Ravens
Sept. 9 vs. Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m. (CBS)Sept. 13 at Cincinnati Bengals, 8:20 p.m. (NFLN)Sept. 23 vs. Denver Broncos, 1 p.m. (CBS)Sept. 30 at Pittsburgh Steelers, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)Oct. 7 at Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m. (CBS)Oct. 14 at Tennessee Titans, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)Oct. 21 vs. New Orleans Saints, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)Oct. 28 at Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m. (CBS)Nov. 4 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 1 p.m. (CBS)Nov. 11 — BYENov. 18 vs. Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m. (CBS)Nov. 25 vs. Oakland Raiders, 1 p.m. (CBS)Dec. 2 at Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m. (CBS)Dec. 9 at Kansas City Chiefs, 1 p.m. (CBS)Dec. 16 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m. (FOX)Dec. 22 or 23 at Los Angeles Chargers, TBD (TBD)Dec. 30 vs. Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Game we can’t wait for: The Bengals knocked the Ravens out of the playoffs on a 49-yard pass from Andy Dalton to Tyler Boyd with 44 seconds left on New Year’s Eve in Baltimore. The season’s first rematch, in week 2 on the road, should be … interesting (even with Vontaze Burfict off serving a four-game suspension).
Cincinnati Bengals
Sept. 9 at Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m. (CBS)Sept. 13 vs. Baltimore Ravens, 8:20 p.m. (NFLN)Sept. 23 at Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m. (CBS)Sept. 30 at Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m. (CBS)Oct. 7 vs. Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m. (CBS)Oct. 14 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 1 p.m. (CBS)Oct. 21 at Kansas City Chiefs, 1 p.m. (CBS)Oct. 28 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m. (FOX)Nov. 4 — BYENov. 11 vs. New Orleans Saints, 1 p.m. (FOX)Nov. 18 at Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m. (CBS)Nov. 25 vs. Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m. (CBS)Dec. 2 vs. Denver Broncos, 1 p.m. (CBS)Dec. 9 at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)Dec. 16 vs. Oakland Raiders, 1 p.m. (CBS)Dec. 23 at Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m. (CBS)Dec. 30 at Pittsburgh Steelers, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Game we can’t wait for: There will be lots of new personnel on the sidelines (Jon Gruden anyone?) but you know — you just know — a Bengals-Raiders game will be chippy. That game arrives in mid December.
Cleveland Browns
Sept. 9 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 1 p.m. (CBS)Sept. 16 at New Orleans Saints, 1 p.m. (FOX)Sept. 20 vs. New York Jets, 8:20 p.m. (NFLN)Sept. 30 at Oakland Raiders, 4:05 p.m. FOXOct. 7 vs. Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m. (CBS)Oct. 14 vs. Los Angeles Chargers, 1 p.m. (CBS)Oct. 21 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m. (FOX)Oct. 28 at Pittsburgh Steelers, 1 p.m. (CBS)Nov. 4 vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 1 p.m. (CBS)Nov. 11 vs. Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m. (FOX)Nov. 18 — BYENov. 25 at Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m. (CBS)Dec. 2 at Houston Texans, 1 p.m. (CBS)Dec. 9 vs. Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m. (FOX)Dec. 15 at Denver Broncos, TBD (NFLN)Dec. 23 vs. Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m. (CBS)Dec. 30 at Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Games we can’t wait for: Actually, all of them. Seriously. The Browns have been revamped under General Manager John Dorsey and will continue to overhaul the roster with 17 kabillion draft picks. The key here is to watch the late-season games, as players get used to each other. Are we about to be living in a world in which the Browns show promise?
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AFC SOUTH
Jacksonville Jaguars
Sept. 9 at New York Giants, 1 p.m. (FOX)Sept. 16 vs. New England Patriots, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)Sept. 23 vs. Tennessee Titans, 1 p.m. (CBS)Sept. 30 vs. New York Jets, 1 p.m. (FOX)Oct. 7 at Kansas City Chiefs, 1 p.m. (CBS)Oct. 14 at Dallas Cowboys, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)Oct. 21 vs. Houston Texans, 1 p.m. (CBS)Oct. 28 vs. Philadelphia Eagles (London), 9:30 a.m. (NFLN)Nov. 4 — BYENov. 11 at Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m. (CBS)Nov. 18 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)Nov. 25 at Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m. (CBS)Dec. 2 vs. Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m. (CBS)Dec. 6 at Tennessee Titans, 8:20 p.m. (FOX/NFLN)Dec. 16 vs. Washington Redskins, 1 p.m. (FOX)Dec. 22 or 23 at Miami Dolphins, TBD (TBD)Dec. 30 at Houston Texans, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Game we can’t wait for: The season-opening road game against the Giants in East Rutherford, N.J. — the Tom Coughlin bowl — will match a tough defense against a Giants team that was a mess in 2017. Could get ugly.
Jaguars Coach Doug Marrone and executive Tom Coughlin, in January. (Bob Mack/The Florida Times-Union/AP)

Tennessee Titans
Sept. 9 at Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m. (FOX)Sept. 16 vs. Houston Texans, 1 p.m. (CBS)Sept. 23 at Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m. (CBS)Sept. 30 vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 1 p.m. (FOX)Oct. 7 at Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m. (CBS)Oct. 14 vs. Baltimore Ravens, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)Oct. 21 at Los Angeles Chargers (London), 9:30 a.m. (CBS)Oct. 28 — BYENov. 5 at Dallas Cowboys, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)Nov. 11 vs. New England Patriots, 1 p.m. (CBS)Nov. 18 at Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m. (CBS)Nov. 26 at Houston Texans, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)Dec. 2 vs. New York Jets, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)Dec. 6 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, 8:20 p.m. (FOX/NFLN)Dec. 16 at New York Giants, 1 p.m. (CBS)Dec. 22 or 23 vs. Washington Redskins, TBD (TBD)Dec. 30 vs. Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Games we can’t wait for: The Titans swept the Jaguars last year. Think it’ll happen again? They play week 3 in Jacksonville.
Indianapolis Colts
Sept. 9 vs. Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m. (CBS)Sept. 16 at Washington Redskins, 1 p.m. (CBS)Sept. 23 at Philadelphia Eagles, 1 p.m. (FOX)Sept. 30 vs. Houston Texans, 1 p.m. (CBS)Oct. 4 at New England Patriots, 8:20 p.m. (FOX/NFLN)Oct. 14 at New York Jets, 1 p.m. (CBS)Oct. 21 vs. Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m. (CBS)Oct. 28 at Oakland Raiders, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)Nov. 4 — BYENov. 11 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m. (CBS)Nov. 18 vs. Tennessee Titans, 1 p.m. (CBS)Nov. 25 vs. Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m. (CBS)Dec. 2 at Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m. (CBS)Dec. 9 at Houston Texans, 1 p.m. (CBS)Dec. 16 vs. Dallas Cowboys, 1 p.m. (FOX)Dec. 22 or 23 vs. New York Giants, TBD (TBD)Dec. 30 at Tennessee Titans, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Game we can’t wait for: Robert Griffin III is long gone from Washington, set to take on the backup role in Baltimore; will Andrew Luck, who was taken ahead of RGIII in the 2012 draft, be ready to play when the Colts face the Redskins on Sept. 16?
Houston Texans
Sept. 9 at New England Patriots, 1 p.m. (CBS)Sept. 16 at Tennessee Titans, 1 p.m. (CBS)Sept. 23 vs. New York Giants, 1 p.m. (FOX)Sept. 30 at Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m. (CBS)Oct. 7 vs. Dallas Cowboys, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)Oct. 14 vs. Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m. (CBS)Oct. 21 at Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m. (CBS)Oct. 25 vs. Miami Dolphins, 8:20 p.m. (FOX/NFLN)Nov. 4 at Denver Broncos, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)Nov. 11 — BYENov. 18 at Washington Redskins, 1 p.m. (CBS)Nov. 26 vs. Tennessee Titans, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)Dec. 2 vs. Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m. (CBS)Dec. 9 vs. Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m. (CBS)Dec. 15 at New York Jets, TBD (NFLN)Dec. 23 at Philadelphia Eagles, 1 p.m. (CBS)Dec. 30 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Game we can’t wait for: The one in which Deshaun Watson returns from his torn anterior cruciate ligament. Barring that, the one in which J.J. Watt returns from his tibial plateau fracture. Houston opens with two tough road games.
AFC WEST
Kansas City Chiefs
Sept. 9 at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)Sept. 16 at Pittsburgh Steelers, 1 p.m. (CBS)Sept. 23 vs. San Francisco 49ers, 1 p.m. (FOX)Oct. 1 at Denver Broncos, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)Oct. 7 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m. (CBS)Oct. 14 at New England Patriots, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)Oct. 21 vs. Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m. (CBS)Oct. 28 vs. Denver Broncos, 1 p.m. (CBS)Nov. 4 at Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m. (CBS)Nov. 11 vs. Arizona Cardinals, 1 p.m. (FOX)Nov. 19 at Los Angeles Rams (Mexico City), 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)Nov. 25 — BYEDec. 2 at Oakland Raiders, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)Dec. 9 vs. Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m. (CBS)Dec. 13 vs. Los Angeles Chargers, 8:20 p.m. (FOX/NFLN)Dec. 23 at Seattle Seahawks, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)Dec. 30 vs. Oakland Raiders, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Game we can’t wait for: A good rule of thumb is to never miss a single AFC West game, but some games are more equal than others. For instance, let’s see how new starting quarterback Patrick Mahomes fares in his first outing against new Broncos quarterback Case Keenum, on the first Monday of October, in Denver.
Los Angeles Chargers
Sept. 9 vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)Sept. 16 at Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m. (CBS)Sept. 23 at Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)Sept. 30 vs. San Francisco 49ers, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)Oct. 7 vs. Oakland Raiders, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)Oct. 14 at Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m. (CBS)Oct. 21 vs. Tennessee Titans (London), 9:30 a.m. (CBS)Oct. 28 — BYENov. 4 at Seattle Seahawks, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)Nov. 11 at Oakland Raiders, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)Nov. 18 vs. Denver Broncos, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)Nov. 25 vs. Arizona Cardinals, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)Dec. 2 at Pittsburgh Steelers, 1 p.m. (CBS)Dec. 9 vs. Cincinnati Bengals, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)Dec. 13 at Kansas City Chiefs, 8:20 p.m. (FOX/NFLN)Dec. 22 or 23 vs. Baltimore Ravens, TBD (TBD)Dec. 30 at Denver Broncos, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)
Game we can’t wait for: The Chargers went on a 6-1 run starting Nov. 19 and just missed out on their first playoff berth since 2013, doomed by a slow start that led to a 9-7 record. Let’s see what happens this year against the much-hyped Rams in the Battle for L.A. on Sept. 23.
Oakland Raiders
New Raiders head coach Jon Gruden. (Kirby Lee/USA Today)

Sept. 10 vs. Los Angeles Rams, 10:20 p.m. (ESPN)Sept. 16 at Denver Broncos, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)Sept. 23 at Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m. (CBS)Sept. 30 vs. Cleveland Browns, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)Oct. 7 at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)Oct. 14 vs. Seattle Seahawks (London), 1 p.m. (FOX)Oct. 21 — BYEOct. 28 vs. Indianapolis Colts, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)Nov. 1 at San Francisco 49ers, 8:20 p.m. (FOX/NFLN)Nov. 11 vs. Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)Nov. 18 at Arizona Cardinals, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)Nov. 25 at Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m. (CBS)Dec. 2 vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)Dec. 9 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)Dec. 16 at Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m. (CBS)Dec. 24 vs. Denver Broncos, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)Dec. 30 at Kansas City Chiefs, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Game we can’t wait for: How long until Jon Gruden, who takes over a team that had two four-game losing streaks last season, makes his first Chucky face on the sideline? We predict it will happen on a Sunday night in December against the Steelers, whose coach makes some pretty interesting faces of his own.
Denver Broncos
Sept. 9 vs. Seattle Seahawks, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)Sept. 16 vs. Oakland Raiders, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)Sept. 23 at Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m. (CBS)Oct. 1 vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)Oct. 7 at New York Jets, 1 p.m. (CBS)Oct. 14 vs. Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)Oct. 18 at Arizona Cardinals, 8:20 p.m. (FOX/NFLN)Oct. 28 at Kansas City Chiefs, 1 p.m. (CBS)Nov. 4 vs. Houston Texans, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)Nov. 11 — BYENov. 18 at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)Nov. 25 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)Dec. 2 at Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m. (CBS)Dec. 9 at San Francisco 49ers, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)Dec. 15 vs. Cleveland Browns, TBD (NFLN)Dec. 24 at Oakland Raiders, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)Dec. 30 vs. Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)
Game we can’t wait for: The five-win Broncos were a punching bag last season and the first game against the Chiefs, with a new quarterback in Patrick Mahomes, on a Monday night, will tell us a lot.
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NFC EAST
Philadelphia Eagles
Sept. 6 vs. Atlanta Falcons, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)Sept. 16 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m. (FOX)Sept. 23 vs. Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m. (FOX)Sept. 30 at Tennessee Titans, 1 p.m. (FOX)Oct. 7 vs. Minnesota Vikings, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)Oct. 11 at New York Giants, 8:20 p.m. (FOX/NFLN)Oct. 21 vs. Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m. (FOX)Oct. 28 at Jacksonville Jaguars (London), 9:30 a.m. (NFLN)Nov. 4 — BYENov. 11 vs. Dallas Cowboys, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)Nov. 18 at New Orleans Saints, 1 p.m. (FOX)Nov. 25 vs. New York Giants, 1 p.m. (FOX)Dec. 3 vs. Washington Redskins, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)Dec. 9 at Dallas Cowboys, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)Dec. 16 at Los Angeles Rams, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)Dec. 23 vs. Houston Texans, 1 p.m. (CBS)Dec. 30 at Washington Redskins, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Games we can’t wait for: We’re already popping popcorn for the season opener against the Falcons, the team Philly edged, 15-10, in a playoff game in January. Also worth mentioning: that Oct. 7 game against the Vikings, a rematch of the NFC championship game in which Nick Foles passed for 352 yards and led the Eagles to a 38-7 win.
Dallas Cowboys
Sept. 9 at Carolina Panthers, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)Sept. 16 vs. New York Giants, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)Sept. 23 at Seattle Seahawks, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)Sept. 30 vs. Detroit Lions, 1 p.m. (FOX)Oct. 7 at Houston Texans, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)Oct. 14 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)Oct. 21 at Washington Redskins, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)Oct. 28 — BYENov. 5 vs. Tennessee Titans, 8:15 p.m. (CBS)Nov. 11 at Philadelphia Eagles, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)Nov. 18 at Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m. (FOX)Nov. 22 vs. Washington Redskins (Thanksgiving), 4:30 p.m. (FOX)Nov. 29 vs. New Orleans Saints, 8:20 p.m. (FOX/NFLN)Dec. 9 vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)Dec. 16 at Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m. (FOX)Dec. 23 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m. (FOX)Dec. 30 at New York Giants, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Game we can’t wait for: We’re not picky. If Dez Bryant winds up on an NFC East team, we’re there for that.
Washington Redskins
Sept. 9 at Arizona Cardinals, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)Sept. 16 vs. Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m. (CBS)Sept. 23 vs. Green Bay Packers, 1 p.m. (FOX)Sept. 30 — BYEOct. 8 at New Orleans Saints, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)Oct. 14 vs. Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m. (FOX)Oct. 21 vs. Dallas Cowboys, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)Oct. 28 at New York Giants, 1 p.m. (FOX)Nov. 4 vs. Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m. (FOX)Nov. 11 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m. (FOX)Nov. 18 vs. Houston Texans, 1 p.m. (CBS)Nov. 22 at Dallas Cowboys (Thanksgiving), 4:30 p.m. (FOX)Dec. 3 at Philadelphia Eagles, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)Dec. 9 vs. New York Giants, 1 p.m. (FOX)Dec. 16 at Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m. (FOX)Dec. 22 or 23 at Tennessee Titans, TBD (TBD)Dec. 30 vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Game we can’t wait for: Alex Smith has his work cut out for him against some of these defenses. We’re interested in seeing how he does in New Orleans, against a team that narrowly missed advancing to the NFC championship game. The Saints helped doom Washington’s 2017 season with an improbable comeback win at home. This time they’ll play on a Monday night.
New York Giants
Sept. 9 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m. (FOX)Sept. 16 at Dallas Cowboys, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)Sept. 23 at Houston Texans, 1 p.m. (FOX)Sept. 30 vs. New Orleans Saints, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)Oct. 7 at Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m. (FOX)Oct. 11 vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 8:20 p.m. (FOX/NFLN)Oct. 22 at Atlanta Falcons, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)Oct. 28 vs. Washington Redskins, 1 p.m. (FOX)Nov. 4 — BYENov. 12 at San Francisco 49ers, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)Nov. 18 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m. (FOX)Nov. 25 at Philadelphia Eagles, 1 p.m. (FOX)Dec. 2 vs. Chicago Bears, 1 p.m. (FOX)Dec. 9 at Washington Redskins, 1 p.m. (FOX)Dec. 16 vs. Tennessee Titans, 1 p.m. (CBS)Dec. 22 or 23 at Indianapolis Colts, TBD (TBD)Dec. 30 vs. Dallas Cowboys, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Game we can’t wait for: Welp, the Giants figure to be a work in progress, what with a new coach and a revamped roster, and this schedule doesn’t hold out much hope. But Eli Manning did have his two biggest days of the 2017 season against the Eagles (passing for 366 and 434 yards). Their first meeting comes on the second Thursday of October.
NFC NORTH
Minnesota Vikings
Anthony Barr hits Aaron Rodgers. (Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)

Sept. 9 vs. San Francisco 49ers, 1 p.m. (FOX)Sept. 16 at Green Bay Packers, 1 p.m. (FOX)Sept. 23 vs. Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m. (CBS)Sept. 27 at Los Angeles Rams, 8:20 p.m. (FOX/NFLN)Oct. 7 at Philadelphia Eagles, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)Oct. 14 vs. Arizona Cardinals, 1 p.m. (FOX)Oct. 21 at New York Jets, 1 p.m. (FOX)Oct. 28 vs. New Orleans Saints, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)Nov. 4 vs. Detroit Lions, 1 p.m. (FOX)Nov. 11 — BYENov. 18 at Chicago Bears, 1 p.m. (NBC)Nov. 25 vs. Green Bay Packers, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)Dec. 2 at New England Patriots, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)Dec. 10 at Seattle Seahawks (Mon), 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)Dec. 16 vs. Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m. (CBS)Dec. 23 at Detroit Lions, 1 p.m. (FOX)Dec. 30 vs. Chicago Bears, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Game we can’t wait for: There’s much to draw attention to the Vikings, but we’ll take the first meeting with the Packers, on the season’s second Sunday. Aaron Rodgers figures to be healthy and he did not hide his disgust for the tackle by Anthony Barr that left him with a broken collarbone and derailed what looked like it might have been an MVP season last October.
Detroit Lions
Sept. 10 vs. New York Jets (Mon), 7:10 p.m. (ESPN)Sept. 16 at San Francisco 49ers, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)Sept. 23 vs. New England Patriots, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)Sept. 30 at Dallas Cowboys, 1 p.m. (FOX)Oct. 7 vs. Green Bay Packers, 1 p.m. (FOX)Oct. 14 — BYEOct. 21 at Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m. (FOX)Oct. 28 vs. Seattle Seahawks, 1 p.m. (FOX)Nov. 4 at Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m. (FOX)Nov. 11 at Chicago Bears, 1 p.m. (FOX)Nov. 18 vs. Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m. (FOX)Nov. 22 vs. Chicago Bears (Thanksgiving), 12:30 p.m. (CBS)Dec. 2 vs. Los Angeles Rams, 1 p.m. (FOX)Dec. 9 at Arizona Cardinals, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)Dec. 16 at Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m. (FOX)Dec. 23 vs. Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m. (FOX)Dec. 30 at Green Bay Packers, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Game we can’t wait for: The questions don’t so much surround the Lions’ offense as they do the team’s defense. What will Matt Patricia, the team’s new head coach, do with this group? Let’s see how the gang fares against New England, where Patricia formerly served as defensive coordinator. They play on Sept. 23, a Sunday night.
Green Bay Packers
Sept. 9 vs. Chicago Bears, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)Sept. 16 vs. Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m. (FOX)Sept. 23 at Washington Redskins, 1 p.m. (FOX)Sept. 30 vs. Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m. (CBS)Oct. 7 at Detroit Lions, 1 p.m. (FOX)Oct. 15 vs. San Francisco 49ers, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)Oct. 21 — BYEOct. 28 at Los Angeles Rams, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)Nov. 4 at New England Patriots, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)Nov. 11 vs. Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m. (CBS)Nov. 15 at Seattle Seahawks, 8:20 p.m. (FOX/NFLN)Nov. 25 at Minnesota Vikings, 8:20 p.m. (FOX)Dec. 2 vs. Arizona Cardinals, 1 p.m. (FOX)Dec. 9 vs. Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m. (FOX)Dec. 16 at Chicago Bears, 1 p.m. (FOX)Dec. 23 at New York Jets, 1 p.m. (FOX)Dec. 30 vs. Detroit Lions, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Game we can’t wait for: Rams vs. Packers in L.A.? Sure, but see also the Vikings, above.
Chicago Bears
Sept. 9 at Green Bay Packers, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)Sept. 17 vs. Seattle Seahawks, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)Sept. 23 at Arizona Cardinals, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)Sept. 30 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m. (FOX)Oct. 7 — BYEOct. 14 at Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m. (FOX)Oct. 21 vs. New England Patriots, 1 p.m. (CBS)Oct. 28 vs. New York Jets, 1 p.m. (CBS)Nov. 4 at Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m. (FOX)Nov. 11 vs. Detroit Lions, 1 p.m. (FOX)Nov. 18 vs. Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m. (FOX)Nov. 22 at Detroit Lions (Thanksgiving), 12:30 p.m. (CBS)Dec. 2 at New York Giants, 1 p.m. (FOX)Dec. 9 vs. Los Angeles Rams, 1 p.m. (FOX)Dec. 16 vs. Green Bay Packers, 1: p.m. (FOX)Dec. 23 at San Francisco 49ers, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)Dec. 30 at Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Game we can’t wait for: We’ll see how much Mitchell Trubisky has grown against the fearsome Vikings’ defense. They play twice in the season’s last seven games, including in the Dec. 30 finale.
NFC SOUTH
New Orleans Saints
Sept. 9 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m. (FOX)Sept. 18 vs. Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m. (FOX)Sept. 23 at Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m. (FOX)Sept. 30 at New York Giants, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)Oct. 8 vs. Washington Redskins, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)Oct. 14 — BYEOct. 21 at Baltimore Ravens, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)Oct. 28 at Minnesota Vikings, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)Nov. 4 vs. Los Angeles Rams, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)Nov. 11 at Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m. (FOX)Nov. 18 vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 1 p.m. (FOX)Nov. 22 vs. Atlanta Falcons (Thanksgiving), 8:20 p.m. (NBC)Nov. 29 at Dallas Cowboys, 8:20 p.m. (FOX/NFLN)Dec. 9 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m. (FOX)Dec. 17 at Carolina Panthers, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)Dec. 23 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)Dec. 30 vs. Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Game we can’t wait for: From the Saints’ perspective, the game to watch is the playoff rematch against the Vikings, in Minnesota, on the last Sunday night of October. In that unforgettable playoff game, Drew Brees had a classic second half, completing 17 of 22 passes for 177 yards with three touchdowns. But the Saints’ season ended in a heartbreaking 29-24 loss that came on Stefon Diggs’s fantastic buzzer-beater touchdown.
Carolina Panthers
Sept. 9 vs. Dallas Cowboys, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)Sept. 16 at Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m. (FOX)Sept. 23 vs. Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m. (CBS)Sept. 30 — BYEOct. 7 vs. New York Giants, 1 p.m. (FOX)Oct. 14 at Washington Redskins, 1 p.m. (FOX)Oct. 21 at Philadelphia Eagles, 1 p.m. (FOX)Oct. 28 vs. Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m. (CBS)Nov. 4 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m. (FOX)Nov. 8 at Pittsburgh Steelers, 8:20 p.m. (FOX/NFLN)Nov. 18 at Detroit Lions 1 p.m. (FOX)Nov. 25 vs. Seattle Seahawks 1 p.m. (FOX)Dec. 2 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m. (FOX)Dec. 9 at Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m. (FOX)Dec. 17 vs. New Orleans Saints, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)Dec. 23 vs. Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m. (FOX)Dec. 30 at New Orleans Saints, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Game we can’t wait for: Pretty much every matchup in the league’s black-and-blue division is must-see, but we’ll take the Thursday night game in Pittsburgh. Just because.
Atlanta Falcons
Sept. 6 at Philadelphia Eagles, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)Sept. 16 vs. Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m. (FOX)Sept. 23 vs. New Orleans Saints, 1 p.m. (FOX)Sept. 30 vs. Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m. (CBS)Oct. 7 at Pittsburgh Steelers, 1 p.m. (FOX)Oct. 14 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m. (FOX)Oct. 22 vs. New York Giants, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)Oct. 28 — BYENov. 4 at Washington Redskins, 1 p.m. (FOX)Nov. 11 at Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m. (FOX)Nov. 18 vs. Dallas Cowboys, 1 p.m. (FOX)Nov. 22 at New Orleans Saints (Thanksgiving), 8:20 p.m. (NBC)Dec. 2 vs. Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m. (CBS)Dec. 9 at Green Bay Packers, 1 p.m. (FOX)Dec. 16 vs. Arizona Cardinals, 1 p.m. (FOX)Dec. 23 at Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m. (FOX)Dec. 30 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Game we can’t wait for: See Eagles, above, the very first game of the season.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Sept. 9 at New Orleans Saints, 1 p.m. (FOX)Sept. 16 vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 1 p.m. (FOX)Sept. 24 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)Sept. 30 at Chicago Bears, 1 p.m. (FOX)Oct. 7 — BYEOct. 14 at Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m. (FOX)Oct. 21 vs. Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m. (FOX)Oct. 28 at Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m. (FOX)Nov. 4 at Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m. (FOX)Nov. 11 vs. Washington Redskins, 1 p.m. (FOX)Nov. 18 at New York Giants, 1 p.m. (FOX)Nov. 25 vs. San Francisco 49ers, 1 p.m. (FOX)Dec. 2 vs. Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m. (FOX)Dec. 9 vs. New Orleans Saints, 1 p.m. (FOX)Dec. 16 at Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m. (FOX)Dec. 23 at Dallas Cowboys, 1 p.m. (FOX)Dec. 30 vs. Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Game we can’t wait for: The Bucs played a lot of close games last season — and lost many of ’em. Maybe the game against the Browns on Oct. 21 bears watching. Maybe.
NFC WEST
Los Angeles Rams
Sept. 10 at Oakland Raiders, 10:20 p.m. (ESPN)Sept. 16 vs. Arizona Cardinals, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)Sept. 23 vs. Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)Sept. 27 vs. Minnesota Vikings, 8:20 p.m. (FOX/NFLN)Oct. 7 at Seattle Seahawks, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)Oct. 14 at Denver Broncos, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)Oct. 21 at San Francisco 49ers, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)Oct. 28 vs. Green Bay Packers, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)Nov. 4 at New Orleans Saints, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)Nov. 11 vs. Seattle Seahawks, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)Nov. 19 vs. Kansas City Chiefs (Mexico City), 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)Nov. 25 — BYEDec. 2 at Detroit Lions, 1 p.m. (FOX)Dec. 9 at Chicago Bears, 1 p.m. (FOX)Dec. 16 vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)Dec. 23 at Arizona Cardinals, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)Dec. 30 vs. San Francisco 49ers, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)
Game we can’t wait for: The Battle for L.A. supremacy, on Sept. 23.
Seattle Seahawks
Sept. 9 at Denver Broncos, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)Sept. 17 at Chicago Bears, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)Sept. 23 vs. Dallas Cowboys, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)Sept. 30 at Arizona Cardinals, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)Oct. 7 vs. Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)Oct. 14 at Oakland Raiders (London), 1 p.m. (FOX)Oct. 21 — BYEOct. 28 at Detroit Lions, 1 p.m. (FOX)Nov. 4 vs. Los Angeles Chargers, 4 p.m. (CBS)Nov. 11 at Los Angeles Rams, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)Nov. 15 vs. Green Bay Packers, 8:20 p.m. (FOX/NFLN)Nov. 25 at Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m. (FOX)Dec. 2 vs. San Francisco 49ers, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)Dec. 10 vs. Minnesota Vikings, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)Dec. 16 at San Francisco 49ers, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)Dec. 23 vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)Dec. 30 vs. Arizona Cardinals, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)
Game we can’t wait for: The Legion of Boom is bust. Is there any oomph left in the 49ers rivalry? They’ll play twice in three weeks, starting with a prime-time meeting on Dec. 2.
Arizona Cardinals
Sept. 9 vs. Washington Redskins, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)Sept. 16 at Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)Sept. 23 vs. Chicago Bears, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)Sept. 30 vs. Seattle Seahawks, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)Oct. 7 at San Francisco 49ers, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)Oct. 14 at Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m. (FOX)Oct. 18 vs. Denver Broncos, 8:20 p.m. (FOX/NFLN)Oct. 28 vs. San Francisco 49ers, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)Nov. 4 — BYENov. 11 at Kansas City Chiefs, 1 p.m. (FOX)Nov. 18 vs. Oakland Raiders, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)Nov. 25 at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)Dec. 2 at Green Bay Packers, 1 p.m. (FOX)Dec. 9 vs. Detroit Lions, 4:05 p.mM. (FOX)Dec. 16 at Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m. (FOX)Dec. 23 vs. Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)Dec. 30 at Seattle Seahawks, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)
Game we can’t wait for: Let’s see how they fare against the Rams, who figure to rule the division. Their first meeting comes in Southern California on Sept. 16.
San Francisco 49ers
Sept. 9 at Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m. (FOX)Sept. 16 vs. Detroit Lions, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)Sept. 23 at Kansas City Chiefs, 1 p.m. (FOX)Sept. 30 at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)Oct. 7 vs. Arizona Cardinals, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)Oct. 15 at Green Bay Packers, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)Oct. 21 vs. Los Angeles Rams, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)Oct. 28 at Arizona Cardinals, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)Nov. 1 vs. Oakland Raiders, 8:20 p.m. (FOX/NFLN)Nov. 12 vs. New York Giants, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)Nov. 18 — BYENov. 25 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m. (FOX)Dec. 2 at Seattle Seahawks, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)Dec. 9 vs. Denver Broncos, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)Dec. 16 vs. Seattle Seahawks, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)Dec. 23 vs. Chicago Bears, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)Dec. 30 at Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)
Game we can’t wait for: San Francisco’s Jimmy Garoppolo, the Patriots’ former backup QB, gets to face Detroit’s Matt Patricia, the Patriots’ former defensive coordinator. Both men have gotten nice promotions. They’ll play in the season’s second week.
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