The 2017 NFL Schedule has officially been released and there are some big games as always. As the defending champs, the New England Patriots headline some big matchups.
After winning Super Bowl 51, the New England Patriots will be seeking a repeat this season. On Thursday, the NFL announced the entire schedule for the 2017 season. While we knew who the Patriots were playing already, we now know when.
In the first game of the entire NFL season, the Patriots will be opening the entire season on Thursday Night Football against the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs were the AFC West Champions, but few consider them to be true contenders because of their mediocre offense.
Recently John Clayton of ESPN.com ranked the Top 10 games of 2017. He had games involving the Patriots as the best and second-best games of the season. His top game was the Super Bowl rematch against the Falcons. The second-best game of the season, a late-season showdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Here’s what Clayton had to say about the games.
"Too bad this wasn’t the game to open the season, but it’s still the most anticipated rematch. The Patriots’ comeback from a 25-point, second-half deficit goes down as the greatest Super Bowl I’ve seen.Over the past two years, I’ve felt the Steelers were the only team that could go into a playoff game in Foxborough, Massachusetts, and pull out a victory. That didn’t happen last season."
The choices by Clayton for the top two games of the season are certainly well-deserved. As the defending Super Bowl Champions, the Patriots against most teams is an entertaining matchup.
Seeing the Falcons get a chance for revenge against the Patriots will surely be an entertaining matchup. While that game will have some meaning, the Week 15 showdown against the Steelers certainly will.
If the Steelers can stay healthy, they could be right there with the Patriots in the AFC. If that happens, the Week 15 matchup could very well be for home field in the AFC. It should be a very entertaining to see if the Patriots can repeat in 2017.