The New England Patriots kickoff the NFL season by hosting the Pittsburgh Steelers at Gillette Stadium on September 10.
The NFL released its schedule on Tuesday night, and the Thursday night opener appears as one of many games football fans may mark on the calendar.
Green Bay hosts the Chicago Bears in a primetime NFC North grudge match on Thanksgiving. Lions open the day by hosting Chip Kelly’s revamped Philadelphia Eagles in Detroit. The Carolina Panthers spend their holiday in Dallas playing the Cowboys.
The Patriots travel to Denver to play the Broncos on Sunday Night Football on November 29. The Packers play a do-over against the Seattle Seahawks in Week Two in Green Bay. The Dallas Cowboys play their do-over against the Packers in Green Bay on December 13. Sadly neither the Lions nor the Seahawks enjoy a scheduled opportunity to re-write their sour season-ending scripts.
The Colts, one of a handful of teams boasting decent odds in Las Vegas to play in the Super Bowl, travel to New England for Sunday Night Football on October 18 and host Denver for the late afternoon featured game on November 8.