Super Bowl champion Patriots to play Raiders in Mexico City
Apr 21 2017 by Larry Hoffman
You could argue that the Browns, who are 29-83 since the start of the 2010 season, and the Jaguars (30-82) are simply brought to a level playing field by getting this break.
The NFL will unveil the 2017 regular season schedules for all 32 teams Thursday. And as always, there is some good, some bad, and some ugly surrounding that schedule. The last time Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Saints quarterback Drew Brees met, they combined for 729 passing yards and four TD passes in a 44-23 New Orleans win in 2014. Gang Green also plays a home game against the Patriots in week six, who they will also play to close out the season during a week 17 trip to Foxboro, Mass. They travel a bunch, have a tough road stretch and play five contests against 2016 playoff teams.
Closing out at home. The holiday concludes with the Washington Redskins hosting the Giants on NBC 1.30am on Friday 24. Their real job would seem to be divvying up the NFL's watchable games among the TV corporations that pay the NFL billions to show us football. It's nothing more than a money and ratings grab. But on balance, the Patriots get something of an advantage in their schedule as they get to play one less proper road game. Just as I love 1PM games, I hate primetime games. Do they know that it will be a long climb, especially for the Chargers, regardless of the schedule?
The Patriots feature heavily in the 10 must-see games of the 2017 campaign. They will be getting a lot of money on their side of the line for most of the season.
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The Patriots will play three of their first four games at home, with a trip to New Orleans (Sept. 17, 1 p.m.) interrupting the homestand that includes visits by Houston and Carolina on Sept. 24 and October 1, both 1 p.m. starts.
The Raiders have a huge following in Mexico, in part because of the family heritage of franchise legends Tom Flores and Jim Plunkett, and that won't change with their pending move to Las Vegas.