New England Patriots Super Bowl champion open season against Chiefs, visit Mexico

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson gets chased down by Falcons defensive end Dwight Freeney in the second half of a divisional playoff game against Atlanta

Speaking of Super Bowl rematches, the Patriots will host the Falcons in Week 7.

All in all, New England plays nine games in the 1 p.m. slot and five games in primetime, including the season opener.

All of the preseason games will be televised on WBZ-TV and a regional network.

The New England Patriots reportedly signed restricted free agent running back Mike Gillislee to a two-year, $6.4 million contract deal.

New England's bye week comes at a convenient time, in the middle of the season and before a tough road game in Denver.

Butler intercepted Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson to seal the Patriots Super Bowl 49 victory. (Mexico City): 4:25 p.m.

When it went to a full season of Thursday night games in 2012, the National Football League indicated it would ensure every team played at least once on Thursday for fairness.

Denver head coach Vance Joseph will make his return to Miami-where he served as the defensive coordinator last season-in Week 13.

Find a way to get past the brutal opening of the New Orleans Saints' 2017 schedule, and this slate of games looks like it's there for the taking.

The Patriots close out the season with back-to-back games against AFC East teams at home - the Bills on Christmas Eve and the Jets in the regular-season finale. As part of the NFL's global expansion the Patriots-Raiders game will take place in Mexico City, one of five worldwide games this season.

New Orleans dropped all three, then came away with wins in two games - an October 30 tilt against the Seahawks and a December road trip to Arizona - that initially looked like two of the toughest games on the 2016 schedule.

The NFL announced its pre-season schedule last week. There are obviously way too many games at 256 total to dissect here right now.

"I think the [anticipation of the] bye week is always based on where your team is at that moment-Injuries and how you rest your football team", Joseph said. The Raiders' playoff hopes took a big hit when Derek Carr was lost to an injury late past year but this contest could show that the team is right back in that same position with a big win. The other NFC South games are at New Orleans and home versus two previous Superbowl opponents, Atlanta and Carolina.

One of the more curious parts of the Patriots' schedule is the fact that the divisional games are all more or less clustered together late in the year. The final two games are against the team from that division that finishes in the same spot in the previous year's standings.

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