NFL schedule 2021: What expansion to 17 games means for regular season, playoffs, Super Bowl

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NFL schedule 2021: What expansion to 17 games means for regular season, playoffs, Super Bowl


Are you ready for some (additional) football?

The NFL officially expanded the regular-season schedule to 17 games on Tuesday, marking the first time the schedule has been changed since 1978, when the league made the jump from 14 to 16 games.

“This is a monumental moment in NFL history,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. “The CBA with the players and the recently completed media agreements provide the foundation for us to enhance the quality of the NFL experience for our fans. And one of the benefits of each team playing 17 regular-season games is the ability for us to continue to grow our game around the world.”

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

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Here is each team’s 17th game: 

The full 2021 NFL schedule has not yet been released.

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

Saints running back Alvin Kamara made his stance clear with a four-word tweet: “S— dumb as hell.”

Former Colts defensive back Darius Butler voiced his displeasure, saying the NFL is once again valuing money more than player safety.

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


Article Found At – Sporting News

 


 

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