Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Local | By Adrian Hale

Patriots schedule 2017: New England will be tested, but not often

Patriots schedule 2017: New England will be tested, but not often

The game will be the Patriots' third regular-season game played outside the United States.

The Super Bowl champion New England Patriots kick off the season against the Kansas City Chiefs and will travel to Mexico City in November to play the Oakland Raiders, the National Football League said on Thursday when it released the new schedule.

Each team's opponent is already known, both home and away. That's been known since the day the 2016 regular season ended, as the opponents are determined by a formula based on the previous year's standings. The only unknowns is the specific dates and times of each games. Because it's on TV.

You could say Week 1 as the biggest and most exciting week of the season and no sane football fan could argue against it. Coach Adam Gase sparked Miami's first playoff appearance in eight years, and there is every reason to consider the Dolphins a playoff team in 2017. It's hard to know what to make of that odd occurrence.

Week 15: Sunday, Dec. 17 at Pittsburgh Steelers 4:25 p.m.

The Rams-Cardinals game will be a rare division contest played overseas.

Week 8 (Oct. 30) Broncos, 7:30 p.m.

The size of the Chargers' home crowd might make traffic logistics a little less relevant. The slot actually is a good one for the team, though, as it will not have to struggle with the Florida heat as much as it usually does. With defenses that struggled somewhat last season, there could be a lot of points scored at the Coliseum. It's not the crime of the century, but it is far from ideal and indicative of the NFL's herky-jerky return to the country's second-largest market. The holiday concludes with the Washington Redskins hosting the Giants on NBC 1.30am on Friday 24. That said, perhaps no schedule would be too hard for the defending champs.

A few years ago, public pressure appeared to be mounting against the franchise.

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