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The New England Patriots are set to be involved in several marquee National Football League games in 2017 after the schedule was released on Thursday. New England will host the Houston Texans on Sun., Sept 24, the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday Night Football on October 22, and travel to face the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sun., Dec. 17.

All of the preseason games will be televised on WBZ-TV and a regional network.

Week 2 is all about AFC-NFC matchups and the NFC Championship rematch.

New England's bye week comes at a convenient time, in the middle of the season and before a tough road game in Denver.

The Super Bowl LI rematch will come in the middle of the season, rather than the beginning. Kansas City will play six prime-time games. The Eagles, who lost to Reid's Chiefs, 26-16, in 2013, will face Reid for the second time since his firing in 2012. The Giants will have theirs in Week 8, which is a good time to have it as it will be right in the middle of the season. A year ago the Raiders hosted the Texans there.

The Patriots' 2017 regular season schedule is officially out, and most Pats fans will obviously find a way to watch them all. The Chargers play their first home game at StubHub Center, their temporary Los Angeles home, following their offseason move from San Diego.

Week 5: Sunday, Oct. 8, vs. Baltimore Ravens, 1:05 p.m. (CBS) Comment: Third straight year the Raiders have played Flacco and friends.

Home games against Buffalo and the Jets will finish the season, tentatively scheduled for 1 p.m. starts on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.

New England's game against the Raiders will be played in Mexico City.

Perhaps Malcolm Butler will be in New Orleans to cover Cooks, if he's dealt to the Saints before the season begins. Let's not forget the Cowboys were 6-1 on the road past year. The other NFC South games are at New Orleans and home versus two previous Superbowl opponents, Atlanta and Carolina.

Julio Jones was NOT interfered with by Richard Sherman last season in Seattle. The Falcons' roster doesn't appear to lack talent - they didn't lose many of their star players to free agency. (And yes, I'm excluding games where Sanchez played the entire second half). Not only does it mean the team is hosting the game as a Super Bowl champion, but it means a couple extra days of preparation for Week 2.

No division team gave the Falcons as much trouble as Tampa past year.


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