17 Regular Season Games NFL: The NFL owners voted to approve the expansion of the NFL regular season from 16 games to 17 games. Owners are excited to have an extra game that will generate more money, but some players aren’t as happy due to the wear and tear put on players’ bodies throughout the season.
When the NFL and NFLPA agreed to the 2020 collective bargaining agreement the option to extend the 2021 season was given to the Owners. As part of this agreement now that the regular season is 17 games the preseason will be limited to three games.
With the addition of one more regular-season game, the NFL regular season will continue to begin the second week of September and end one week later.
The 2021 NFL season will kick off on Thursday, Sept. 9, and will be completed on Sunday, Jan. 9. Each team will continue to have one bye week.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell approves of the new schedule change. “This is a monumental moment in NFL history,” said Goodell. “The CBA with the players and the recently completed media agreement 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.”
Players React to Additional Game
Unlike the owners and commissioner of the NFL, the players are not as excited about this new change. Denver Broncos cornerback Kareem Jackson was not happy about the decision. “17 games is complete BS….no other way to put it,” Jackson tweeted.
Saints star running back Alvin Kamara tweeted, “Sh*t dumb….as hell…” The players knew what they were getting themselves into when signing the new CBA, but many players did oppose the agreement simply just not enough.
Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan tweeted, “We all knew it was coming, he knew it, she knew it, they knew it, I knew it.” For the players when this option was outlined just about everybody knew that the owners would not miss out on an opportunity to earn more money.
Top Matchups Following Added Game
Following the announcement of the approval for the 17th regular-season game the NFL tweeted out all of the additional matchups that will be played due to the extra week of football. The headliner from this agreement is the Green Bay Packers against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Not only is this a matchup between two of the best quarterbacks in the NFL and of All-Time this game features two of the top teams in the league back in 2020.
Another big game added to the schedule is the Saints against the Titans. Both teams made the playoffs a year ago and this matchup will look a little different following the retirement of Saints quarterback Drew Brees.
To round out the most intriguing games added to the 2021 NFL regular season is the Washington Football team against the Buffalo Bills. Buffalo is one of the best teams in the AFC that had Super Bowl hopes ended by the Cheifs a year ago.
On the other side, Washington has been quietly rebuilding the past few years and is a major contender in the NFC coming off winning the NFC East last season. Washington added wide receiver Curtis Samuel in the offseason and cornerback William Jackson III to continue upgrading their roster.
Overall for NFL football fans, the additional regular-season game is any fan’s dream. This schedule adjustment will make things even more interesting in the late weeks of the season as teams gain one more opportunity to make the playoffs or potentially knock a team out of contention.
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