Cleveland, Ohio – Are you ready for more football?
NFL owners voted to agree to expand the regular season from 16 games to 17 games starting in the 2021 season during the virtual annual meeting on Tuesday, while reducing the number of pre-season matches from four to three.
The 17 matches of the season are inter matches based on divisional rankings, with the AFC winning the extra place this year, and NFC winning it next year. This season, North Asia faces NFC West, which means third-placed Brown will host the third-placed Cardinals, who finished 8-8 in 2020 and missed the playoffs.
The bonus game can land anywhere on the table.
This year the Cardinals feature three-time NFL defensive best player JJ Watt, whom Brown sought out at free agency before choosing to sign a two-year, $ 28 million deal with Arizona, including a $ 12 million signing bonus.
It also meant a rematch between Baker Mayfield and his Oklahoma successor Keeler Murray, who beat Brown 38-24 as a rookie on December 15, 2019. Murray also followed Mayfield as a Heisman award winner and first place overall.
This marked the first regular season expansion in 43 years, increasing from 14 to 16 games in 1978. It will not increase again during the current CBA, which runs through 2031.
“This is a historic moment in the history of the NFL,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. “With the players and recently completed media agreements, CBA provides the basis for us to improve the quality of the NFL experience for our fans. One of the benefits of every team that plays 17 games in the regular season is our ability to continue developing our game around the world.”
Under the new formula, each team plays 17 games in the regular season, for one week. The clubs will host 10 matches overall – either nine games in the regular season and one game before the season or eight games in the regular season and two games before the season.
The 2021 NFL schedule will be announced later this spring on NFL Network and NFL.com.
The NFL season begins on Thursday night, September 9, and the regular season ends on Sunday January 9, 2022. The 2022 Pro Bowl will take place Sunday February 6 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas and conclude the season with Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles on Sunday the 13th February 2022.
Additionally, the expanded schedule ensures that all 32 teams will play internationally at least once every eight years starting in 2022.
The league will schedule up to four neutral-location matches each year in a country outside the United States, with an initial focus on Canada, Europe, Mexico, South America and the United Kingdom. As is currently the case, interested clubs can continue to volunteer to play home games internationally.
In other league news, the NFL has informed clubs that they can start the first phase of their team’s organized activities on April 19, According to Tom Bellisero of NFL Media. Players are currently allowed to train in team facilities in small groups and many of them have been doing so.
For the rest of the season, the NFL and NFLPA still worked through in-person training and meetings versus virtual training.
Here are Brown’s opponents, home and away in 2021:
a house: Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Arizona Cardinals, Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, Houston Texas, Las Vegas Riders.
far: Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots.
Here are all 17 matches:
NFC East vs. AFC East
1. The Washington Soccer Team at the Buffalo Bills
2. New York Giants at the Miami Dolphin
3. The Dallas Cowboys at the New England Patriots
4. Philadelphia Eagles at the New York Jets
NFC West vs AFC North
1. Seattle Seahawks in Pittsburgh Steelers
2. Los Angeles Rams in the Baltimore Ravens
3. Arizona Cardinals at the Cleveland Browns
4. San Francisco 49ers at the Cincinnati Bengals
NFC South vs AFC South
1. New Orleans Saints in the Tennessee Titans
2. Tampa Bay Pirates in Indianapolis Coults
3. The Carolina Panthers in Houston, Texas
4. Atlanta Falcons at Jacksonville Jaguars
NFC North vs AFC West
1. Green Bay Packers in Kansas City Chiefs
2. The Chicago Bears in Las Vegas Riders
3. Minnesota Vikings at Los Angeles Chargers
4. Detroit Lions at the Denver Broncos
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