New York Giants Will Have To Be Road Warriors In 2017

The NFL will release the regular season schedule on Thursday

The NFL revealed its 2017 schedule Thursday night, and I was inspired to declare instant winners and losers with a full understanding that not a single meaningful game will be played for more than four months.

On New Year's Eve, the Patriots will close out the regular season against their division rival from NY. Denver has the most challenging schedule. First, the New England Patriots will play in the opener, since they are the defending champions. The Falcons beat the Packers twice a year ago, but since Green Bay has added one of the top tight ends in the league by signing Martellus Bennett. Statistically, the Jaguars do play better in London: they are 2-2 there in the past four years and 13-47 everywhere else.

The Chiefs get more time to prepare for the Patriots. This might not have seemed important in previous seasons, but the NFC East suddenly figures to be a heavyweight in the National Football League playoff picture. If Detroit can pull off a similar comeback win here it will raise old questions about the ability of Atlanta's young defense to finish. It will also be interesting to see what kind of Super Bowl hangover the Falcons may have at the time with five games (plus a bye week) under their belt. In all likelihood, the game will be featured on NBC's Sunday Night Football as a prime time game, but those details won't be released until later. Atlanta can add some crucial momentum with a win over Miami heading into what may be their toughest challenge of the year...

"James White is like my oldest son", New England Patriots veteran star quarterback Tom Brady said after the Super Bowl 51. Brandin Cooks versus his old team.

Sunday, Oct. 15 at New York Jets, 1:00 p.m.

Giants quarterback Manning addressed the accusations after a plaintiff in a 2014 lawsuit recently filed a motion to compel testimony that included an email from Manning to a team equipment manager asking for two helmets that could pass as game-used items.

Tampa area fans will finally get a chance to see the Patriots live in a real game without having to drive several hours to Miami or Jacksonville. This has become somewhat common in recent years: The Seahawks beat the Broncos in overtime in 2014 after a much less competitive Super Bowl matchup, and the Broncos squeaked by the Panthers on a last-second field goal in the first game last season. If those moves pay off, the Falcons will be the first to know it.

The Chiefs have the 2nd toughest schedule based on strength of schedule. They finished 1-2 in the NFC East in 2016. But that's it for the Cowboys' divisional rivalries in the first half of the season. The 2017 campaign in particular manages to wind up as quite the juicy slate with numerous playoff rematches (including the Super Bowl and both conference title games) and a host of other intriguing meetings.

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