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18:39  20 april  2017
18:39  20 april  2017 Source:   SB Nation

Lions president says NFL schedule will be released next Thursday

  Lions president says NFL schedule will be released next Thursday After unveiling a fancy new set of uniforms Thursday night, Detroit Lions president Rod Wood may have let an important piece of league information slip out. When asked what's next on his agenda following the jersey release, Wood said he's looking toward the unveiling of next season's schedule - which is apparently happening next week."I don't have anything else other than getting this renovation done," Wood said, according to ESPN's Michael Rothstein. "That's the thing I got to focus on getting done before the season starts."The schedule coming out next Thursday will be a focus, too.

The NFL will release the full 2017 schedule on Thursday , and it ’ s an exciting moment for fans. But until that moment comes on Thursday at 8 p.m. with a live announcement on NFL Network, we can at least pencil in some things based on what we already know .

The schedule will officially be announced at 8 p.m. ET Thursday on NFL Network. But until that moment comes on Thursday at 8 p.m. with a live announcement on NFL Network, we can at least pencil in some things based on what we already know .

  4 things we already know about the 2017 NFL schedule before its official release Thursday © Provided by Vox Media, Inc. The NFL will release the full 2017 schedule on Thursday at 8 p.m. ET with the annual primetime special. It’s kinda of an exciting moment for fans. Since the 2016 season ended, we’ve all been waiting to find out how the 2017 would take shape, and that moment is nearly here.

Perhaps you live out of state, but you’re planning a pilgrimage to see your team play at home this season. Maybe you want to know when your team will face off against division rivals, because those are can’t-miss games. Whatever the reason, we’re all excited to know the actual NFL schedule for the coming season.

But until that moment comes on Thursday at 8 p.m. with a live announcement on NFL Network, we can at least pencil in some things based on what we already know.

Lions president Rod Wood leaks NFL schedule release date of April 20

  Lions president Rod Wood leaks NFL schedule release date of April 20 Detroit Lions president Rod Wood leaked the NFL regular season schedule release date of April 20 during the team's uniform unveiling.We know this courtesy of Lions' president Rod Wood, who spilled the beans during the team's uniform unveiling Thursday evening.

4 things we already know about the 2017 NFL schedule before its official release Thursday - SBNation.com The schedule will be announced at 8 p.m. ET Thursday on NFL Network. Malcolm Butler can officially be traded after signing tender with Patriots

The 2017 regular-season schedule is expected to be released sometime in the next week. So with that in mind, let's take a look at 10 things we already know about the 2017 schedule . Before heading to Mexico, the Patriots might want to make sure Tom Brady's jersey has its own security

The opening Thursday Night Football game is probably not going to be a Super Bowl LI rematch

Last season, the Panthers and Broncos faced off on Thursday Night Football for the first game of the season in a rematch of Super Bowl 50. Don’t expect the Patriots and Falcons to do the same this year. The expectation is that the Falcons will get the first Sunday Night Football game of the year to show off the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

That first Thursday Night Football matchup will probably feature the Patriots, though. The rumor is that the Chiefs could be the Patriots’ first opponent of the 2017 season. Oh, and by the way, Roger Goodell is expected to be there.

The slate of international games is set, and one of them is at 9:30 a.m. ET

The league announced the details for international games way back in December, so none of these will be a surprise when the schedule is officially released.

4 things we already know about the 2017 NFL schedule before its official release Thursday

  4 things we already know about the 2017 NFL schedule before its official release Thursday The NFL will release the full 2017 schedule on Thursday at 8 p.m. ET with the annual primetime special. It’s kinda of an exciting moment for fans. Since the 2016 season ended, we’ve all been waiting to find out how the 2017 would take shape, and that moment is nearly here.Perhaps you live out of state, but you’re planning a pilgrimage to see your team play at home this season. Maybe you want to know when your team will face off against division rivals, because those are can’t-miss games. Whatever the reason, we’re all excited to know the actual NFL schedule for the coming season.

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The schedule will be released Thursday evening at 6pm MT. by Tim Lynch@TimLynch1978 Apr 20, 2017 , 5:00am MDT. We already know the New England Patriots will likely open up the season on Thursday Night Football against the the Kansas City Chiefs.

There will be four games played in London, with two in Wembley Stadium and two at Twickenham Stadium. At Wembley, the Ravens will face off against the Jaguars in Week 3 or Week 4, and the Saints will meet the Dolphins in Week 4. The Vikings and Browns will play each other in Week 7 or 8 at Twickenham, and the Cardinals and Rams will match up in Twickenham in Week 7 or 8.

At least one of those games will be played at 9:30 a.m. ET, despite the fact that a lot of people hate that timing.

It has also been confirmed that the Raiders will return to Mexico City this season, and they’ll host the Patriots. We just don’t know when, but we’ll find out Thursday.

We know all of the matchups for the coming season

The schedule release will let us know the specifics, but we do know the opponents each team will face in 2017.

We all are aware of the obvious matchups, like those that pit your favorite team against each division opponent twice in any given season. The league announced each team’s full slate of opponents back in January.

A look at the strength of schedule for each NFL team

  A look at the strength of schedule for each NFL team With the official release of the 2017 NFL schedule, it's time to look at who has the easiest, and who has the toughest, schedule next year.For some teams, the road will be a lot less bumpy than for others, but no matter what the slate of games looks like, every team will be tested at some point next season.

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There are playoff rematches galore

We saw some thrilling games in the postseason, and we’ll have plenty of rematches this year. The Steelers will face off against the Chiefs and the Patriots. The Packers take on the Cowboys and the Falcons, and the Falcons also will meet the Seahawks.

Atlanta plays every team it faced in the postseason en route to the Super Bowl last year. We’ll even have a Super Bowl LI rematch between Atlanta and New England.

Assuming all of these teams return to the field near to their 2016 forms, these rematches should make for some great games in 2017.

Charlotte Motor Speedway moves NASCAR Cup Series playoff race .
The only Saturday night NASCAR Cup Series race of the playoffs is no more. Charlotte Motor Speedway announced Thursday it has moved back its Bank of America 500 to a Sunday afternoon start time in 2017 in hopes for a better race in the daytime with a slicker track surface.The first race in the Round of 12 will now be held on Sunday, Oct. 8 at 2 p.m. ET, instead of the initial announced date of Saturday, Oct. 7.

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