2021 NFL schedule: what the 17-game expansion would mean for the regular season, playoffs, Super Bowl

Are you ready for some (extra) football?

The NFL is expected to expand the regular season schedule to 17 games this week, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Once the league owners meet and approve the expansion, this will be the first time the schedule will be changed since 1978, when the NFL went from 14 to 16 games.

What will be the impact of a 17th game not only on the regular season, but also on the playoffs and Super Bowl 56? Let’s break it down.

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What the expanding NFL schedule means for the regular season, playoffs and the Super Bowl

Peter King of NBC Sports and Sharp’s football analysis’ Warren Sharp recently reported on the likely changes for the 2021 season:

  • No extra week. NFL teams would play 17 games in 18 weekends.
  • The first Sunday of the regular season would be September 12, 2021.
  • The last Sunday of the regular season would be January 9, 2022.
  • The Wild Card weekend could feature two games on January 15, 2022; three games on January 16, 2022; and a match on January 17, 2022.
  • Super Bowl 56, originally scheduled for February 6, 2022, could return to February 13, 2022.

What are the potential clashes for Game 17 of the NFL?

Here is the 17th game of each team, based on the formula reported by King:

  • Packers at Chiefs
  • Bear at Raiders
  • Vikings to the chargers
  • Lions in Broncos
  • Seahawks at Steelers
  • Rams to crows
  • Cardinals at Browns
  • 49ers to the Bengals
  • Saints to the Titans
  • Boucaniers at Colts
  • Panthers at Texans
  • Falcons at Jaguars
  • Washington football team in Bills
  • Giants among dolphins
  • Cowboys at Patriots
  • Eagles at Jets

How have NFL players reacted to the expanding schedule?

The current NFL collective agreement allows league owners to add a 17th game to the schedule, but that doesn’t mean players are happy about it.

Saints running back Alvin Kamara clarified his position with a four-word tweet: “S – stupid as hell.”

Former Colts defensive back Darius Butler has expressed his displeasure, saying the NFL once again values ​​money more than player safety.

Torrey Smith and Geoff Schwartz both believe that Game 17 is a good decision for the league in terms of fan engagement and revenue, but they have also expressed concern about a potential increase in player injuries.

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