National Football League to release 2017 regular season schedules on Thursday

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The defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots will kick off the 2017 NFL season at home September 7 against the Kansas City Chiefs as the league released the regular-season schedule Thursday night. That included the pre-week one Super Bowl rematch between the Panthers and Broncos which wasn't officially a Thursday Night Football matchup. The team will then fly across the country on short rest for an early start time against a non-conference opponent one week before hosting Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.

Last season the Raiders faced the Houston Texans in Mexico City November 21st on Monday Night Football.

The Steelers play their first home game since the death of their revered, longtime owner, Dan Rooney.

Later in the season, the Patriots will play the Oakland Raiders in Mexico City on Sunday, Nov. 19. The league will release the regular-season schedule during a two-hour special on NFL Network.

As it stands right now, the Chiefs are currently seven-point underdogs against New England in Week 1. Their only 1 p.m. ET kickoffs come in Weeks 4 and 17.

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Honorable mentions: The Patriots take on the New Orleans Saints in Week 2 in Brandin Cooks' first game against his former team, and could very well be the same situation for Malcolm Butler ... Week 5 - at Buccaneers - Thurs. Week 6 - at Jets - Sun.

The following week Twickenham is the venue again as the Cleveland Browns host the Vikings at on Sunday, October 29 at 1.30pm. Week 7 - vs Falcons - Sun. Week 8 - vs Chargers - Sun. Week 9 - Bye Week Week 10 - at Broncos - Sun.

Cowboys at Raiders, Dec. 17 at 7:30 p.m. Will be a 4:25 EST game on FOX. Week 12 - vs Dolphins - Sun. Week 13 - at Bills - Sun. While the sting of losing a 25-3 lead in Super Bowl LI will never fully disappear, the Falcons will have some time to get their feet under them in 2017 without having their team identity based on a Week 1 outcome. Week 17 - vs Jets - Sun.

Week 14 - at Dolphins - Mon. December 17 4:25 p.m.

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