The New England Patriots are set to be involved in several marquee NFL games in 2017 after the schedule was released on Thursday.
There will be a Super Bowl rematch in week seven and the defending champions also get the season started.
The Patriots feature heavily in the 10 must-see games of the 2017 campaign.
10. Steelers at Texans, week 16, December 25: A Christmas Day treat in Houston will have a pair of playoff hopefuls and two of the NFL's stingiest defenses. The Texans have jettisoned Brock Osweiler and this could be an important game for both teams late in the season.
9. Falcons at Seahawks, week 11, November 20: A playoff rematch that was dominated by the Falcons last season, the Seahawks will hope to get some revenge at home. The Legion of Boom may be losing some of its punch, but the Seahawks are a different team at home and there almost always seems to be some sort of controversy when Seattle get a prime-time home game.
8. Chiefs at Patriots, week one, September 7: The champs will celebrate their Super Bowl victory before taking on one of last year's playoff teams. The Chiefs have not won at Foxborough since 1990, a stretch that includes six straight losses, including a playoff game in the 2015 season.
7. Dolphins at Chargers, week two, September 17: Tiny StubHub Center in Carson, California, will host its first NFL game as the Chargers officially debut as the Los Angeles Chargers at their new temporary home.
6. Packers at Falcons, week two, September 17: The Falcons will debut new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in week two against the Packers, who will hope for a much better result than the last time they went to Atlanta. The Falcons ran away with a blowout victory in last season's NFC championship game. Matt Ryan and Aaron Rodgers are sure to light things up once all the pomp and circumstance of the new stadium wears off.
5. Cowboys at Raiders, week 15, December 17: The Cowboys and Raiders both have Super Bowl aspirations this season and each team is loaded with young talent on offense. With defenses that struggled somewhat last season, there could be a lot of points scored at the Coliseum.
4. Patriots vs. Raiders, week 11, November 19: The Raiders are returning to Mexico this season and will face the Patriots, who will play in the country for the first time ever. This could have big playoff implications in the latter half of the season.
3. Patriots at Dolphins, week 14, December 11: If the Dolphins are going to sweep the Patriots, as wide receiver Jarvis Landry boldly predicted, they have to first win on November 26 in New England and then defend their home field two weeks later on Monday night.
2. Chiefs at Raiders, week seven, October 19: These are the two favourites in the AFC West and a win by the Raiders would go a long way toward a division that slipped away from them last season.
1. Falcons at Patriots, week seven, October 22: The Super Bowl rematch will be one of the more anticipated matchups of the season. It is a bit of surprise the NFL scheduled it in the middle of the season instead of making it a week one game. The Falcons will be bent on revenge, but going into Foxborough is never easy.
24. August 2017
|Dodgers´ Hill takes no-hitter into 10th, loses on walk-off homer|
|That´s what he´s capable of – Zidane praises Ronaldo after Fiorentina stunner|
|Franks ruled out of Bledisloe Cup Test|
|Pavlyuchenkova reaches New Haven quarters, Cibulkova rallies|
|Coric stuns Isner, Bautista Agut eases through|
|Haylett-Petty returns, Simmons to start for Wallabies|
|PSG asked for Nice midfielder Seri to f*** Barca – agent|
|I think WTF? It´s your job – Klopp tells players to deliver|
|Red Sox add speedy outfielder Davis in trade with A´s|
|Neymar on same level as Messi and Ronaldo – Dupraz|
|Season over for Cardinals closer Rosenthal, who needs Tommy John surgery|
|Britton´s record consecutive saves streak ends at 60|
|Surely there´s better? – Riise questions Lovren|
|Hansen: All Blacks have to be better|
|Real Madrid 2 Fiorentina 1: Banned Ronaldo nets stunner in Trofeo Santiago Bernabeu|
|Gay players in Premier League would get respect - Pogba|
|Mayweather confident McGregor ´gamble´ will pay off|
|Nagelsmann slams Hoffenheim´s Anfield collapse|
|Klopp delights in Liverpool´s perfect storm|
23. August 2017
|Champions League Review: Can bags brace as Liverpool qualify|
|Champions League is where Liverpool belong - Henderson|
|Wolves, Forest provide EFL Cup shocks as Burnley claim derby bragging rights|
|McGregor vows to break ´old man´ Mayweather|
|Thomas´ injury was significant concern – Celtics GM|
|White: McGregor will become the biggest star on earth|
|Liverpool 4 Hoffenheim 2 (6-3 agg): Can at the double in Reds´ Champions League romp|
|De Boer unsure of Zaha return date|
|Messi and Pogba launch UEFA initiative|
|Koeman respects Rooney´s England retirement|
|Billy Payne retiring as Masters, Augusta National chairman|
|The poor kids are freezing - Law blames English weather for Windies´ woes|
|Carragher endorses Rooney´s England retirement|
|Bairstow claims consistency is the key for England|
|Sanchez: Spurs move is huge step forward|
|Hometown hero Rooney right to call time on England days|
|Dane Coles set for long-awaited All Blacks return|
|Evans would shine for Man City, says Northern Ireland coach O´Neill|
|Anything could happen - Becker excited ahead of US Open|
|FIFA takes control of Cameroon´s FA|
|Clucas completes Swansea move|
|Talent means nothing to me – Mertesacker outlines academy ethos|
|Schumacher Jr to drive at Belgian Grand Prix|
|Froome gains valuable Vuelta seconds as Lutsenko solos to victory|
|Emery embracing Neymar whirlwind as PSG aim to conquer the world|
|No words needed - Juventus midfielder Marchisio rejects transfer speculation|
|Vettel aiming to spoil Hamilton landmark – Belgian GP in numbers|
|Favre critical of Balotelli performance after jewellery shenanigans|
|Atletico star Griezmann lands two-game ban for ref outburst|
|A magnificent international career - Lineker and Owen lead Rooney tributes|
|West Brom tie Dawson to new contract|
|Toulouse confirm back operation for Scotland forward Gray|
|De Villiers commits to Test comeback, but relinquishes ODI captaincy|
|Record at 17 to striking down Scotland – Rooney´s top five England performances|
|Huddersfield snap up Sabiri|
|Gazzaniga joins Tottenham on five-year deal|
|England still need him - Eriksson urges Rooney retirement rethink|
|53 goals, but just one at the World Cup - Wayne Rooney´s England career in Opta stats|
|Maxwell struck by heatstroke in Bangladesh|
|Kawasaki Frontale 3 Urawa Reds 1: Kobayashi double puts hosts in control|
|Wayne Rooney retires from England international duty|
|Biggar focused on Ospreys amid Saints speculation - Tandy|
|Mayweather v McGregor: They said what?! The best sound bites from a verbal sparring epic|
|Vandoorne retains McLaren seat for 2018|
|FIFA investigating Neymar complaint over unpaid Barcelona loyalty bonus|
|Wasps rest Lions star Daly amid burnout fears|
|Liverpool great Souness ´would snap Barcelona´s hand off´ for massive Coutinho fee|
|Walker-Peters signs new Tottenham contract after impressive debut|
|Sarri eyes Manchester United after Napoli reach Champions League groups|
|Appeal against Force Super Rugby axing adjourned|
|Ronaldo to play 90 minutes in Santiago Bernabeu Trophy clash|