At this point, there’s enough smoke to believe the rumors are true, The National Football League seems on the verge of officially adding the long-rumored 17th regular season game to the schedule, beginning in 2021.
The NFL already had negotiated the ability to add a 17th game to the regular season schedule in the latest collective bargaining agreement with the Player’s Association, but they also had flexibility with the timing. The money, of course, was on this coming year given the revenue such an addition will generate, and now the league’s owners are expected to make that official with a vote this coming week, per Adam Schefter.
NFL reporter Field Yates then created a list of the way the games are likely to play out and it looks very interesting with some key competitive additions, including Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers visiting the Indianapolis Colts and Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers visiting the K.C. Chiefs.
The Chiefs were already facing a tough schedule next season with the entire AFC North on the slate of games—meaning showdowns with the Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, and Pittsburgh Steelers. The Buffalo Bills are also set to visit Arrowhead next year, while the Chiefs will travel to meet the Tennessee Titans. The upside is that the NFC East is especially weak right now, at least on paper, and the AFC West will face each of those teams as well in ’21.
The K.C. Chiefs could host Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.
With the addition of the Packers to the slate of Chiefs’ home games in ’21, it will instantly become the must see home game of the year. The Steelers and Bills will also make for excellent home games for the Chiefs and the Dallas Cowboys’ visit should be a popular one, too, but the idea of watching Patrick Mahomes and Aaron Rodgers face off in a regular season showdown will be the most popular ticket of all.
It could also serve as a potential Super Bowl preview given the success of both teams in recent years and the expected dominance for at least another year to come. As long as Rodgers is under center in Green Bay, they’re going to be among the favored teams to win the Lombardi every year. Of course, the defending champs will have something to say about that, especially as G.B wants to win the NFC for themselves.
Any league vote on a 17th game will come on Tuesday and Wednesday during virtual meetings to be held that will also consider how the NFL comes back to work during a still ongoing pandemic and NFL Draft plans.