Feb 5, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) and Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) shake hands after Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
The 2017 NFL schedule has been released, revealing the exact dates and locations each of the 32 teams will play this fall. There are obviously way too many games at 256 total to dissect here right now. Instead, we have broken down the best matchups on the schedule.
Some feature the nitty-gritty divisional tilts that we enjoy each season. Others covered will see some players and head coaches pitted against their former teams.
Beginning with what can be considered a Super Bowl revenge matchup, here are 10 exciting NFL games to look forward to come September.
1. Atlanta Falcons @ New England Patriots, Week 7, Sunday Night Football
Falcons players and their fans will never forget the team’s loss to the Patriots in Super Bowl LI, a loss that consisted of the Falcons allowing New England to rally and gain 31 unanswered points starting mid-way through the third quarter.
The devastating loss of momentum for quarterback Matt Ryan and his Falcons ended their dream of becoming Super Bowl champions. Meanwhile quarterback Tom Brady earned his fifth Super Bowl ring.
This time around, Falcons fans will be eager to see their team make amends. In the ultimate of revenge matches, the Patriots will play host to the Falcons. Last year the Falcons averaged a league-high 33.8 points per game while New England averaged 27.6.
This tilt has high-scoring affair written all over it.
2. New York Giants @ Dallas Cowboys, Week 1, Sunday Night Football
This NFC East battle is always a fan favorite. The Giants were one of only two teams to beat the Cowboys during the 2016 regular season. And they did it twice. Dallas first lost to the Giants at home 20-19. Then, the Cowboys lost on the road, 10-7, later in the season in Week 14.
So, can a young quarterback in Dak Prescott crack the code when the two teams meet for the first time in 2017? Or will veteran quarterback Eli Manning once again school his younger counterpart?
Last season saw Dallas clinch the division with a 13-3 record. The Giants were not far behind with a second place finish at 11-5. It will be exciting to see which team gains the upper hand first with a big-time win.
3. Oakland Raiders @ Los Angeles Chargers, Week 17, 4:25 p.m. ET
Over the last couple of seasons, the Chargers had the knack for looking like the visitors on their home stadium turf. This was particularly the case when the team hosted the Oakland Raiders. Boisterous crowds consisting of Raiders fans made spotting …
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