The annual release of the NFL‘s regular-season schedule used to be a quiet act.
The schedules for each team would become official, and fans would find out by looking them up online, or in the dark days before the internet, in the newspaper or on their local news stations.
But now, the release of the schedule has become a legitimate event — one that almost seems made for television.
NFL fans used to find their team's schedule in the newspaper.
This year's NFL schedule release:
▪️ Three days of staggered announcements
▪️ International teasers
▪️ Reveals on Good Morning America
▪️ Highly-produced videos from every team
▪️ An hour of NFL Live on ESPN
▪️ A… pic.twitter.com/NeeTAxXzAc
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Certain big matchups were leaked prior to the full, official release, which takes place Thursday night,
The regular season will start on Thursday, September 7 when Patrick Mahomes and the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs will host the Detroit Lions, who were one of the league’s surprises last fall.
Detroit wasn’t expected to do anything, but after starting 1-6, they won eight of their last 10 games and came very close to making the playoffs.
Week 1’s Monday Night Football matchup will have the Buffalo Bills leaving home to take on the New York Jets and their newest squeeze, quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
They could end up being the two best teams in a very competitive AFC East, and a win by the Jets would send a big message not only to the division but to the rest of the league, especially since the Bills have won the division in each of the last three seasons.
There will also be a rematch of February’s Super Bowl in Week 11 on Monday Night Football, when the Philadelphia Eagles will look to avenge their loss on the road against the Chiefs.NEXT: Texans Announce Jersey Numbers For 2023 Draft Class