The NFL will announce this Wednesday the schedule for the 2021-22 season, but the reality is that the 32 teams, players and coaches, they secretly, and their fans publicly, are ready since the beginning of January to mark the exact dates of the games. most anticipated of the next season, which concludes with Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles.
After knowing the position in which the 32 teams finished at the end of the last calendar and according to the rotation that the NFL has managed for several years, we knew in advance which rivals each franchise would have next season and several games became more relevant or seized. made attractive after the Playoffs and Super Bowl LV.
All this, in addition to the 17th game that the owners added and whose creation offers attractive duels, has made the wait for the publication of the next calendar even more intriguing and there are not a few games that have some ingredient that puts them in the category of “Forbidden not to see them.”
Sunday, October 3, 8:20 pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New England Patriots
Do not deny it. Once Tom Brady decided to leave the cool and chilly New England environment, we all began to fantasize about the first game Brady would have against his former team, but with no idea when it might happen.
When Brady decided to continue his NFL adventure in hot Tampa weather, that fantasy began to take shape.
Don’t doubt that Brady’s choice played a major role in the NFL’s decision to raise the number of regular season games to 17 and then make the crossovers to make the dream of seeing Brady face the Patriots and Bill Belichick. come true as soon as possible.
Seeing Brady in Foxborough in another uniform will be strange and it will be interesting how the fans who gave him six Vince Lombardi Trophies in two decades will receive him and what his first meeting with Belichick will be like.
Sunday, November 7 – 3:25 pm ET
Green Bay Packers vs. Kansas City Chiefs
This is another game that the NFL surely had in mind to add one more game to the regular schedule, but if in the following weeks or months the rumors that indicate that Aaron Rodgers does not want to play in Green Bay are confirmed and is traded, then, enthusiasm for the Packers-Chiefs duel will drop considerably, so let’s face it, Jordan Love vs. Patrick Mahomes is not an equally attractive showdown.
If this happens and Rodgers ends up on some team that faces the Chiefs (the Broncos and Raiders are talked about as possibilities), then delete the Packers, put on Rodgers’ new team and save the date (or dates) for the meeting. Rodgers- Mahomes.
Thursday, September 9, 8:20 p.m. ET
Dallas Cowboys vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
In 2020 it was not possible, but in 2021, the NFL has elements to schedule an attractive duel so that Tom Brady, used to this type of ceremonies, and the Buccaneers unveil their banner of Super Bowl LV champions. As if that were not enough, this duel could also be called “The Return of Dak Prescott”.
After being out of action due to the fracture he suffered in Week 5 and after which the Cowboys collapsed, everything indicates that Prescott, who thus confirmed to be the soul of the team, will be ready to return to the field fully recovered.
In relation to the duel as such, the Cowboys are perhaps the only team that covers the characteristics of being a box office magnet and one of the most popular franchises for many decades.
It will also be interesting to see Prescott in his first game as a billionaire quarterback, after signing a six-year, $ 240 million deal last March, which includes a $ 1 million bonus if he leads the Cowboys to win the Super Bowl.
In 2020, the Chiefs, winners of Super Bowl LIV, had one of the weakest home schedules for an NFL champion team. His visits were more attractive, but the champion must initiate the defense of his title in conference.
Sunday, October 17 – 4:25 pm ET
Dallas Cowboys vs. New England Patriots
It’s the most glamorous game the NFL can offer, as the Cowboys ($ 5.7 billion) and the Patriots ($ 4.4 billion) are the most valuable franchises in the league, so winning on the field will serve their owners’ ego more. .
In sports, the Cowboys, who will have Prescott back, and the Patriots, who could have Mac Jones as their new franchise quarterback, are looking to resurface after a difficult 2020 season and if their plans are on the right track by the time it is scheduled. their clash, this meeting could well be a good parameter to determine how prepared both are to fight for the title of their divisions or their conferences.
Sunday, October 10, 8:20 pm ET
Buffalo Bills vs. Kansas City Chiefs
It is always attractive to have a new edition of a conference final in the following regular season and the visit of the Bills, with a defense that must maintain a good level and an offense to which interesting pieces were added (WR Emmanuel Sanders and T Daryl Williams) to challenge the explosive attack led by Mahomes and a defense that was also reinforced.
Sunday, October 24 – 4:05 pm ET
Detroit Lions vs. Los Angeles Rams
Having the Lions on a list of whatever is surprising even to themselves, but the quarterback trade they made with the Rams, in which they acquired Jared Goff and traded Mathew Stafford, makes this game an interesting one, albeit be it morbid, because on paper, Los Angeles should not have problems to beat Detroit, that is, they will have less than they would have had if they had not exchanged pins.
Sunday, December 26 – 1 pm ET
Jacksonville Jaguars vs. New York Jets
Trevor Lawrence and Zach Wilson are called to be the quarterbacks of Jacksonville and Jets from the moment they take the first step in the facilities of both teams in training camp, so the clash between the first and second global selections of the The past draft will inevitably be the framework for endless comparisons that will be unfair, since the real development of both will be seen within three or four years.
Domingo, September 19 – 8:20 pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs vs. Baltimore Ravens
Lamar Jackson vs. Patrick Mahomes Round 4.
The duels between the two most spectacular quarterbacks in the NFL today have tilted to one side, that of Mahomes’ Chiefs.
At the conclusion of Kansas City’s most recent win over Baltimore last season, a defeated Jackson indicated that the Chiefs were the Ravens’ kryptonite (and theirs, by the way). Although it is true after three losses in his career against Kansas City, saying it publicly and somehow predisposing his mentality and that of his team is not ideal, but Jackson and company have a new opportunity to prove otherwise or they will have to wait for that the fifth is the charm.
Domingo 26 de septiembre – 8:20 pm ET
Green Bay Packers vs. San Francisco 49ers
This duel presents several interesting angles, from when it was the clash in the NFC Championship Game in the 2019-20 season to what may happen with the Aaron Rodgers saga in Green Bay.
In the event that Rodgers continues with Green Bay, next season’s clash between Packers and 49ers could offer us a glimpse of “what could have been”, as the quarterback will be able to see in the front row the type of team that could tuck him in San Francisco, who decided to draft Trey Lance as his quarterback of the future and thus seemingly get out of line with Rodgers.
OTHER INTERESTING DUELS
Sunday, October 10 – 4:05 pm ET
Chicago Bears vs. Las Vegas Raiders
The specter of the trade that sent Khalil Mack to Chicago has haunted Raiders coach Jon Gruden since 2018, and the specter will make an appearance in the flesh in Las Vegas.
Mack has been one of the linchpins of the Bears defense the past three seasons, recording 30 sacks in that span, while the defense has been a headache for the Raiders in particular last season.
This is a match Mack surely looked forward to since he was traded by the Raiders after failing to agree to a new contract.
Domingo 12 de septiembre – 4:25 pm ET
Cleveland Browns vs. Kansas City Chiefs
A symptom of being a relevant team is appearing on the list of the most anticipated games of each season and the Browns experience it for the first time in many years as real contenders for the Playoffs in 2020 and what better parameter than to visit some Chiefs to whom They got a good scare in the Divisional Round last postseason.
Sunday, December 12 – 4:25 pm ET
Buffalo Bills vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Bills were one step away from reaching the Super Bowl and that’s more than enough to include the game against the Buccaneers as one of the most intriguing of next season.
Sunday January 2, 2022 – 4:25 pm ET
Los Angeles Rams vs. Baltimore Ravens
In addition to being contending teams in their respective conferences, add the ingredient that cornerback Marcus Peters has decided to express his annoyance at the way the Rams traded him to the Ravens and that the last time he met Jalen Ramsey, cornerback of Los Angeles both had to be separated.
Domingo 26 de septiembre – 4:25 pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaners vs. Los Angeles Rams
In 2020, the Rams and Bucs offered an attractive regular-season duel and the expectation was that they would meet again in the NFC Final, but the Packers got in the way. Now, with Stafford in the Rams, the duel between the Los Angeles attack and the Tampa Bay defense is one of the most attractive in 2021.
Sunday, October 31 – 1 pm ET (in Cleveland)
Monday, January 3 – 8:15 p.m. ET (in Pittsburgh)
Cleveland Browns vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
The Browns reappear on this list and do so with a relevant role, as their first game against Pittsburgh presents the expectation of seeing how the Steelers will react to the way Cleveland beat them in the Wild Card Round after dividing victories in the regular season. .