The defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots will open the 2017 NFL season at home against the Kansas City Chiefs, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports.
The matchup will be one of the highlights when the league officially releases the entire schedule of games Thursday at 8 p.m. ET. Other Week 1 matchups expected to be announced include:
The New York Giants will face the Dallas Cowboys in Dallas, a source told ESPN’s Jordan Ranaan. It will mark the fifth time in six seasons the Giants will have opened against the Cowboys.
The Green Bay Packers will open the season by hosting the Seattle Seahawks at Lambeau Field, ESPN’s Adam Caplan reports.
The Minnesota Vikings will host the New Orleans Saints as part of a Monday Night Football doubleheader on ESPN, according to ESPN’s Ben Goessling and Mike Triplett.
The Washington Redskins will open the season hosting the Philadelphia Eagles and the Tennessee Titans will host the Oakland Raiders, sources told Caplan.
The NFL had previously announced the Patriots and Raiders would be in Mexico City this season but hadn’t announced a date. The Patriots tweeted Thursday that the game will be played on Sunday, Nov. 19 at 4:25 p.m. ET.
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) April 20, 2017
While most speculated that a Super Bowl LI rematch between the Atlanta Falcons and Patriots would kick off he season, ESPN reports that game will be a Sunday Night Football matchup in October.