When does NFL release 2021 schedule?
The NFL announced that the 2021 schedule will be released Wednesday, May 12, at 8 p.m. ET. Last month, the league added a 17th regular-season game beginning this year, the first expansion of the schedule since it increased from 14 to 16 games in 1978. Giants.comnews 2021 NFL schedule to be released tonight
12 May, 2021 - 07:36am
The NFL schedule release Wednesday is already generating buzz. We know the Detroit Lions will host the San Francisco 49ers in Week 1.
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The NFL schedule release Wednesday is generating buzz 12 hours before the full slate of the game is announced.
We know the Detroit Lions will host the San Francisco 49ers in Week 1, their first game under new coach Dan Campbell and new general manager Brad Holmes. San Francisco is a foe familiar to new Detroit quarterback Jared Goff, who saw the 49ers eight times while a member of the Los Angeles Rams. The 49ers could start Jimmy Garoppolo, who led them to a Super Bowl after the 2019 season — or rookie Trey Lance, a quarterback the team traded up to draft.
We also know Baltimore Ravens vs. Las Vegas Raiders will be the season's first Monday Night Football game. We know the country will have to suffer through the Chicago Bears' offense playing a nationally televised game against the Rams, now led by former Lions star Matthew Stafford.
The first week of games has already been confirmed by multiple reporters.
Check back here as we get more details and matchups. The full release is expected around 8 p.m. on ESPN.
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