The best part of the off-season is getting ready for the actual season in September.
The free agency buzz is over, sure teams will still make a signing here and there, but the big-name players are already off the board. The draft is the next thing to look forward to, but that is still about a week away. The next thing truly is the schedule release for the entire league.
Sure, we know the teams that our favorite football teams will be playing come the 2017 NFL season, but we don’t know when the games are and how late in the season will the division rivals be playing each other.
As is the normal, the defending Super Bowl Champions will host a team on the opening Thursday night in September. A rematch of Super Bowl 51 might be the starting point being that the Atlanta Falcons come to New England in 2017 to play the Patriots.
It’s not always about that Thursday game, there are some really intriguing matchups usually that first weekend and the Green Bay Packers might be one of those matchups. The Packers have received matchups with the AFC North and NFC South, along with Dallas and Seattle. With possible games at home against New Orleans, Cincinnati, or Seattle, the Packers have some interesting matchups that they can start with at Lambeau Field.
They can also head on the road to take on Ezekiel Elliott in Dallas, Cam Newton in Carolina, or a rematch against the NFC Champs Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons game would be an interesting Sunday night or Monday night matchup if they don’t travel to New England to open the season. However, so would a trip to Jerry’s World to take on Dak Prescott, Elliott, and the dominating ground game in Dallas.
Home matchup: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, and Seattle Seahawks.
Road matchups: Bears, Lions, Vikings, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Dallas Cowboys.
We find out come Thursday night who the Packers will play come week one and the rest of the 2017 season. No matter who they play each week, the Packers will prove each week that they are the team to beat in the NFC and hopefully will end with a trip to the Super Bowl in February.
Who do you want to see come week one to start the season off?