For the first time since 1978, the NFL is planning a change in its schedule.
According to ESPN, the NFL will announce that it is expected to expand the regular season to 17 games in 2021. In February, the Washington Post reported that the league was considering the change, which included dropping the number of preseason games from four to three.
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The Washington Post reported that NFL owners will vote on the new schedule this Tuesday and Wednesday. When the league last changed its regular season schedule, it went from 14 games to 16. It also reduced preseason games from six to four.
In 2020, the NFL adjusted its playoff field from 12 to 14 teams. It should stay the same despite the regular season schedule change.
Players, members of the media and fans reacted to the breaking news on Sunday.
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On February 28, NBC’s Peter King discussed some of the expectations for a 17-game season, which includes the Super Bowl – slated for February 6 – likely pushed back a week to February 13.
There will also be no extra week off and the week 17 match will be played between crossed opponents based on the 2020 standings. Some of these matches will be:
Green Bay Packers chez Kansas City Chiefs
Seattle Seahawks aux Steelers de Pittsburgh
Los Angeles Rams à Baltimore Ravens
Arizona Cardinals à Cleveland Browns
Tampa Bay Buccaneers à Indianapolis Colts
Cowboys de Dallas chez New England Patriots