THIS time of year football fans don’t have a lot to look forward too. However, the release of the NFL schedule yesterday means that both fans and teams can start to plan for the upcoming season. Below are the pick of the bunch for games that you absolutely have to watch. So in no particular order….

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Falcons @ Patriots – Week 7

LET me get the most anticipated and perhaps best match of the 2017 season to look forward too. Atlanta visiting the reigning champs in a Superbowl match up is a great fixture, but we will have to wait until Week 7 too see the fireworks.

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Cowboys @ Giants – Week 1

ONE of my personal favourites pits Dallas against New York in the 1st week of the season. The Giants were the only team to beat the Cowboys last year int he regular season and they did so twice (I don’t count their Week 17 loss to Philly). The Giants are a sneaky Superbowl pick this year in my eyes and if they can roll Dallas in week one, that could go a long way to confirming their potential.

Chiefs @ Raiders – Week 7

IT’s fair to say that the AFC West is one of the best divisions in football. The Chiefs, Broncos and Raiders went a combined 33-15 last season with the battle for the division title one worth watching all season long. A mid season match up between two of the seemingly playoff bound squads could go a long way in determining who claims the honours this year.

Seahawks @ Packers – Week 1

ONE of the great modern day football rivalries pits Russell Wilson against Aaron Rodgers in the first week of 2017 football. Two of the best head coaches in the game squaring off with their veteran play callers is just a small insight to this game. Brothers Michael and Martellus Bennett will face each other while Eddy Lacy will meet with the team that chose to not resign him in Green Bay. Bring your popcorn and get comfortable.

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Patriots @ Steelers – Week 15

BITTER conference rivals. A late season matchup. Potential playoff implications on the line. Big Ben vs. Tom Brady. AFC Championship game rematch. Do I need to say more?

Chiefs @ Cowboys – Week 9

A mid season game between the Chiefs and Cowboys should see two rather successful teams meet, but that isn’t the reason we will be tuning in. Nov 5th marks the first Dallas game that former QB now broadcaster Tony Romo will call. Alongside Jim Nantz it will be interesting and weird to hear Romo talking about his former team offering some unique insight.

Patriots @ Raiders – Week 11

OAKLAND had a successful trip to Mexico last season, topping Houston int he 1st Monday night game played outside of the US. It will be much tougher to come away with a W from this seasons’ trip south, as they square off against the Superbowl champion Patriots. Two of the teams expected to battle for AFC supremacy should make for an entertaining contest to say the least.

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