Get ready for more football.
The NFL officially announced Tuesday that the 2021 regular season will expand to 17 games, while the preseason has been reduced to three contests.
Beginning in 2021, the NFL is expanding to a 17-game regular season. pic.twitter.com/skNisJwPS2— NFL (@NFL) March 30, 2021
Players agreed to a potential 17-game season in their 2020 collective bargaining agreement. There will still be only one bye week.
"This is a monumental moment in NFL history," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. "The CBA with the players and the recently completed media agreements provide the foundation for us to enhance the quality of the NFL experience for our fans. And one of the benefits of each team playing 17 regular-season games is the ability for us to continue to grow our game around the world."
We really let this happen..🤦🏾♂️ https://t.co/ADxJUqfD1F— Adrian Amos (@_SmashAmos31) March 28, 2021
While it's unpopular with players, the 17-game season does include some additional juicy matchups, like Aaron Rodgers' Green Bay Packers taking on Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs and a battle between the Dallas Cowboys and New England Patriots.
Intriguing 2021 regular-season games created today with the official addition of a 18th week:— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 30, 2021
🏈New Orleans at Tennessee
🏈Tampa Bay at Indianapolis
🏈Green Bay at Kansas City
🏈N.Y. Giants at Miami
🏈Dallas at New England. https://t.co/YtZb65rNr2
To attempt to offset some of the physical wear-and-tear of an extra game, George Atallah, the NFL Players Association's assistant executive director of external affairs, assured there would be other changes to lighten the load on players' bodies.
What’s up brother...there will be automatic changes to the off-season and in season workout schedules as a result. https://t.co/ivdUaq5Ht7— George Atallah (@GeorgeAtallah) March 28, 2021
The 2021 NFL schedule will be released later this spring.
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