The NFL schedule will be announced in full at 8 on Thursday night. In the meantime, details from that schedule are beginning to be reported.
Here is the latest.
3:33 p.m.: It looks as if we now know the Eagles' season opener. From ESPN's Adam Caplan:
— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) April 20, 2017
2:33 p.m.: Here are three Chicago Bears games:
— Brad Biggs (@BradBiggs) April 20, 2017
2:12 p.m.: Jeff McLane answers the question everybody was wondering about:
#Eagles will have back-to-back West Coast games: Dec. 3 at Seattle and then Dec. 10 at L.A. Rams.
— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) April 20, 2017
1:50 p.m.: Many outlets are reporting that the first Sunday Night Football game will feature the Giants and Cowboys in JerryWorld, which is no surprise, seeing as how they seem to open every season on Sunday night in JerryWorld. WFAN's Mike Francesa says he has the entire Giants schedule, but there's a blip: a non-division game is listed in Week 16. The goal the last few years has been for teams to finish with division games in Weeks 16 and 17.
If Francesa is right, the Eagles will host the Giants in Week 3 and travel to the Giants in Week 15.
— WFAN Sports Radio (@WFAN660) April 20, 2017
11:30 a.m.: One of the Monday Night Football games from the opening weekend will be at Denver.
— Chargers Wire (@TheChargersWire) April 20, 2017
10:45 a.m.: It's worth noting that word got out earlier this week that the Patriots-Raiders game that had been previously announced as this season's game in Mexico City has been scheduled for Nov. 19. Roberto Abramowitz, who calls NFL games on CBS in Spanish, had the proof:
— Roberto Abramowitz (@RobAbramowitz) April 18, 2017
9:14 a.m.: Here is a story from the Washington Post that is aggregated from Sports Business Daily and details the lengths to which ESPN, dealing with cord-cutters, is going this year to try to get a more favorable schedule from the league. Because, as we all know, ESPN traditionally gets a pretty weak slate of games for its 1.9 billion a year.
Yes, $1.9 billion.
“We’ve done everything we can possibly do to communicate with the league and guide them in terms of our preferences, and now we’ll see,” said Burke Magnus, ESPN's vice president of programming and scheduling.
8:45 a.m.: It looks as if the Giants will be playing the Redskins on Thanksgiving night in the land of Landover. Details from the Washington Post here.