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Training camp is where it all starts and when teams begin forming the group of players that will take them through the 2017 season. As camps unfold and teams slowly dwindle down to their 53-man rosters. Training camp is used in several different ways. New players and coaches use it to acclimate themselves to new teammates and systems. For younger players, it serves as a period of evaluation; for veterans, it is time to round back into form. Training camp is divided into several different components. The first is scrimmages. These are pseudo-games where teams run nearly full games’ worth of plays. Sometimes, two practice sessions are held on the same day. This concept is referred to as two-a-days. Other parts of training camp include drills, meetings with coaches and other players at one’s position, weight training, and pre-season games. The latter half of training camp leads directly into the exhibition season. More and more teams are practicing close to home. In fact, 20 out of 32 NFL teams hold camp at home. Here are the practice locations for all the teams in the NFL along with the start dates.

Here are the practice locations for all the teams in the NFL along with the start dates.

Only 11 teams are going away for camp, both because many teams just find it easier to stay in their multi-million dollar facilities and because the new CBA cut down on camp time and on-field hours.

Though all teams can report for camp 15 days before their preseason opener, each team manages open practices and some early workouts differently. Below is a list of every team’s first full practice; teams that leave their home sites/facilities for camp are noted, as are key training camp dates.

 

AFC

Baltimore Ravens: Owings Mills, MD

Facility: Under Armour Performance Center; Rookies: 7/19; Veterans: 7/26

Buffalo Bills: Rochester, NY

Facility: St. John Fisher College; Rookies: 7/26; Veterans: 7/26

Cincinnati Bengals: Cincinnati, OH

Facility: Paul Brown Stadium; Rookies: 7/25; Veterans: 7/27

Cleveland Browns: Berea, OH

Facility: Cleveland Browns Training Complex; Rookies: 7/23; Veterans: 7/26

Denver Broncos: Englewood, CO

Facility: UCHealth Training Center; Rookies: 7/23; Veterans: 7/26

Houston Texans: White Sulphur Springs, WV

Facility: The Greenbrier; Rookies: 7/25; Veterans: 7/25

Indianapolis Colts: Indianapolis, IN

Facility: Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center; Rookies: 7/24; Veterans: 7/29

Jacksonville Jaguars: Jacksonville, FL

Facility: Florida Blue Health & Wellness Practice Fields; Rookies: 7/19; Veterans: 7/26

Kansas City Chiefs: St. Joseph, MO

Facility: Missouri Western State University; Rookies: 7/24; Veterans: 7/27

Los Angeles Chargers: Costa Mesa, CA

Facility: Jack Hammett Sports Complex; Rookies: 7/29; Veterans: 7/29

Miami Dolphins: Davie, FL

Facility: Baptist Health Training Facility; Rookies: 7/20; Veterans: 7/26

New England Patriots: Foxboro, MA

Facility: Gillette Stadium; Rookies: 7/24; Veterans: 7/26

New York Jets: Florham Park, NJ

Facility: Atlantic Health Jets Training Center; Rookies: 7/28; Veterans: 7/28

Oakland Raiders: Napa, CA

Facility: Napa Valley Marriott; Rookies: 7/24; Veterans: 7/28

Pittsburgh Steelers: Latrobe, PA

Facility: Saint Vincent College; Rookies: 7/27; Veterans: 7/27

Tennessee Titans: Nashville, TN

Facility: Saint Thomas Sports Park; Rookies: 7/28; Veterans: 7/28

NFC

Arizona Cardinals: Glendale, AZ

Facility: University of Phoenix Stadium; Rookies: 7/21; veterans: 7/21

Atlanta Falcons: Flowery Branch, GA

Facility: Atlanta Falcons Training Facility; Rookies: 7/26; Veterans: 7/26

Carolina Panthers: Spartanburg, SC

Facility: Wofford College; Rookies: 7/25; Veterans: 7/25

Chicago Bears: Bourbonnais, IL

Facility: Olivet Nazarene University; Rookies: 7/19; Veterans: 7/26

Dallas Cowboys: Oxnard, CA

Facility: Marriott Residence Inn; Rookies: 7/19; Veterans: 7/22

Detroit Lions: Allen Park, MI

Facility: Detroit Lions Training Facility; Rookies: 7/24; Veterans: 7/29

Green Bay Packers: De Pere, WI

Facility: St. Norbert College; Rookies: 7/26; Veterans: 7/26

Los Angeles Rams: Irvine, CA

Facility: University of California, Irvine; Rookies: 7/26; Veterans: 7/28

Minnesota Vikings: Mankato, MN

Facility: Minnesota State University, Mankato; Rookies: 7/23; Veterans: 7/26

New Orleans Saints: Metairie, LA

Facility: New Orleans Saints Training Facility; Rookies: 7/19; Veterans: 7/26

New York Giants: East Rutherford, NJ

Facility: Quest Diagnostics Training Center; Rookies: 7/27; Veterans: 7/27

Philadelphia Eagles: Philadelphia, PA

Facility: NovaCare Training Complex; Rookies: 7/23; Veterans: 7/26

San Francisco: Santa Clara, CA

Facility: SAP Performance Facility; Rookies: 7/27; Veterans: 7/27

Seattle Seahawks: Renton, WA

Facility: Virginia Mason Athletic Center; Rookies: 7/29; Veterans: 7/29

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Tampa, FL

Facility: One Buccaneer Place; Rookies: 7/25; Veterans: 7/27

Washington Redskins: Richmond, VA

Facility: Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center; Rookies: 7/26; Veterans: 7/26

 

 

2017 NFL Training Camp Links

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Bleacher Report

 

 

 

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The 2017 Hall of Fame Game will showcase the new Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium that was recently profiled among “13 Game-Changing NFL Stadiums” by Forbes. The stadium and entertainment complex is a major component of the $600 million Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village underway on the Hall’s campus. Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, upon its completion this summer, will feature a new NFL-caliber press box plus world-class hospitality experiences in a variety of settings that provide patrons with a spectacular view overlooking Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village.

The preseason classic takes place two days before the Class of 2017 is formally enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The annual Enshrinement Ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 5 at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. The Cowboys’ Owner/President/General Manager JERRY JONES and former Cardinals quarterback KURT WARNER are among the seven-man Class of 2017 that also includes MORTEN ANDERSEN, TERRELL DAVIS, KENNY EASLEY, JASON TAYLOR and LADAINIAN TOMLINSON.

Jones purchased the Cowboys in 1989 and quickly restored a winning tradition to the franchise. He has led the Cowboys to unprecedented success on and off the field. The Cowboys made seven playoff appearances, claimed six division titles and wins in Super Bowls XXVII, XVIII and XXX in Jones’ first decade of owning the team. Under his guidance, the team has advanced to the playoffs 13 times. In addition, his leadership in sports marketing and promotion has influenced the landscape of the NFL and America’s sports culture.

Warner’s Hall of Fame career was capped by five seasons in Arizona during which time he led the Cardinals to their first division title since 1975 and the franchise’s first-ever Super Bowl appearance in the 2008 season. The undrafted quarterback whose road to the NFL included stops in the Arena Football League and NFL Europe also played with the St. Louis Rams (1998-2003) and New York Giants (2004). Warner was named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player twice and the MVP of Super Bowl XXXIV when he led the Rams to victory with a then Super Bowl record 414 passing yards.

2017 PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME ENSHRINEMENT WEEK POWERED BY JOHNSON CONTROLS

The 2017 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls kicks off with the annual Hall of Fame Game (Cardinals vs. Cowboys) on Thursday, Aug. 3. Other major events complementing the Enshrinement Ceremony and Hall of Fame Game are the nationally televised Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Dinner (Friday, Aug. 4) and the Enshrinees Roundtable (Sunday, Aug. 6). The festivities wrap up on Sunday night with the Concert for Legends.

More than 120 Gold Jackets (living Hall of Famers) return to the Hall of Fame each year to be a part of the celebration. Nowhere else are fans able to see and interact with as many Hall of Famers in one place at one time as in Canton during the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls.

Fans can also sign-up to receive information and updates about tickets by going to http://www.profootballhof.com/enshrinement-ticket-info-request/ or by following the Hall on social media at @ProFootballHOF on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube.

 

 

NFL/HALL OF FAME GAME

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The Arizona Cardinals and Dallas Cowboys will travel to Canton in August to kick off the 2017 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls. The Cowboys and Cardinals will face each other in the Hall of Fame Game on Thursday, Aug. 3 in the spectacular new Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium.

The Cardinals, who played in the first-ever Hall of Fame Game in 1962, return to Canton for the fifth time and the Cowboys will make their sixth appearance in the Hall of Fame Game series.

Hall of Fame Game between the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals in Canton, Ohio on Thursday night, August 3.

Televised live at 8:00 PM ET by NBC, the Hall of Fame Game is the first of eight national preseason telecasts carried by NFL broadcast partners CBS, ESPN, FOX and NBC.

 

 

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Live Games on NFL Network Feature Preseason Debuts of Three First-Round Quarterbacks & Marshawn Lynch Facing the Seattle Seahawks

Only network to Show All 65 Preseason Games

Watch Live Out-of-Market Preseason Games with “NFL Game Pass”

NFL Network remains the only network to show the entire slate of 65 preseason games in 2017, highlighted by 16 live games featuring 10 playoff teams from 2016.

NFL Network’s live preseason schedule kicks off Wednesday, August 9 at 7:30 PM ET when the Carolina Panthers host the Houston Texans. Each team selected top prospects in the 2017 NFL Draft, with the Panthers drafting running back Christian McCaffrey and the Texans selecting national championship-winning quarterback Deshaun Watson.

In addition to Watson, NFL Network will broadcast the preseason debuts of two other first-round quarterbacks live when second overall pick Mitchell Trubisky and the Chicago Bears play the Denver Broncos on Thursday, August 10 at 8 PM ET, and when Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefsface the San Francisco 49ers on Friday, August 11 at 10 PM ET.

Additional live Week 1 preseason games on NFL Network include Jared Goff and the Los Angeles Ramshosting 2016 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday, August 12 at 9 PM ET, and the Chargers‘ first game in Los Angeles since 1961 when they face the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, August 13 at 8 PM ET.

NFL Network airs six Week 2 preseason games live, beginning with the Seattle Seahawks hosting the Minnesota Vikings Friday, August 18 at 10 PM ET. On Saturday, August 19, NFL Network offers a triple-header of live Week 2 preseason games, with the Tennessee Titans hosting the Carolina Panthers at 3 PM ET, the Indianapolis Colts visiting the Dallas Cowboys at 7 PM ET, and the Denver Broncos playing the San Francisco 49ers at 10 PM ET.

Week 2 concludes on Sunday, August 20 with the 2016 NFC Champion Atlanta Falcons visiting the Pittsburgh Steelers at 4 PM ET, and the Los Angeles Chargers hosting the New Orleans Saints at 8 PM ET.

NFL Network will air one game during Week 3 on Thursday, August 24 at 7 PM ET between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Miami Dolphins.

NFL Network’s live preseason schedule concludes with a Week 4 double-header on Thursday, August 31. At 7 PM ET, the New York Jets host the Philadelphia Eagles, followed by Marshawn Lynch and the Oakland Raiders playing Lynch’s former team, the Seattle Seahawks, at 10 PM ET.

To view the entire 2017 preseason schedule on NFL Network, visit: http://www.nfl.com/network/preseason.

All NFL Network programming — including 16 LIVE preseason games and re-airs of all 65 preseason games — can also be streamed on the NFL Mobile from Verizon app (NFL.com/mobile) and via Watch NFL Network on tablet (NFL Mobile, Watch NFL Network and NFL on Windows 10 apps), PC (NFL.com/watch), Xbox One and Xbox 360 (NFL on Xbox app) and other connected TV devices (NFL app on Apple TV, PlayStation 4, Android TV and Amazon Fire TV). Watch NFL Network access is available for NFL Network subscribers of participating TV providers. For more information, go to NFL.com/network.

NFL Game Pass provides fans in the United States with another opportunity to watch live out-of-market preseason games, as well as other exclusive content. Available for $99.99 for the 2017-2018 season, NFL Game Pass offers NFL fans the following:

»  Live Preseason Games – Watch live out-of-market preseason games (blackout restrictions apply)

»  NFL Game Replays – Watch full broadcasts of NFL games, available the same day the games are played. Additional features include condensed versions of NFL games and “All-22″ and “High Endzone” angle coaches film footage

»  Live Gameday Audio – Listen to the live home and away radio broadcast for every NFL game

»  NFL Game & Show Archive – Full NFL game broadcasts from 2009-2017 are available through NFL Game Pass, as well as previous seasons of NFL shows such as Hard Knocks, A Football Life, SoundFX and America’s Game

NFL Game Pass is available at www.NFL.com/GamePass, as well as on Smartphones and Tablets via NFL Mobile, and Connected TVs (Xbox One, Apple TV, PlayStation 4, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Windows 10) via the NFL app. New for this season, NFL Game Pass has undergone a complete website redesign and the search functionality

NFL NETWORK’S 2017 LIVE PRESEASON SCHEDULE

(All Times are Eastern)

Week 1

Wednesday, August 9

7:30 PM – Houston Texans vs. Carolina Panthers

Thursday, August 10

8:00 PM – Denver Broncos vs. Chicago Bears

Friday, August 11

7:00 PM – Pittsburgh Steelers vs. New York Giants

10:00 PM – San Francisco 49ers vs. Kansas City Chiefs (joined live in progress)

Saturday, August 12

9:00 PM – Dallas Cowboys vs. Los Angeles Rams

Sunday, August 13

1:30 PM Detroit Lions vs. Indianapolis Colts

8:00 PM Seattle Seahawks vs. Los Angeles Chargers

Week 2

Friday, August 18

10:00 PM – Minnesota Vikings vs. Seattle Seahawks

Saturday, August 19

3:00 PM – Carolina Panthers vs. Tennessee Titans

7:00 PM – Indianapolis Colts vs. Dallas Cowboys

10:00 PM – Denver Broncos vs. San Francisco 49ers

Sunday, August 20

4:00 PM – Atlanta Falcons vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

8:00 PM – New Orleans Saints vs. Los Angeles Chargers

Week 3

Thursday, August 24

7:00 PM – Miami Dolphins vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Week 4

Thursday, August 31

7:00 PM – Philadelphia Eagles vs. New York Jets

10:00 PM – Seattle Seahawks vs. Oakland Raiders

 

NFL NETWORK

 

NFL Network’s live preseason schedule kicks off Wednesday, August 9 at 7:30 PM ET when the Carolina Panthers host the Houston Texans. Each team selected top prospects in the 2017 NFL Draft, with the Panthers drafting running back Christian McCaffrey and the Texans selecting national championship-winning quarterback Deshaun Watson.

For fans on the go, all NFL Network programming can also be streamed live on the NFL Mobile from Verizon appWatch NFL Network on tablet (NFL Mobile, Watch NFL Network and NFL on Windows 10 apps), the NFL app delivered on Xbox One and Xbox 360 and other connected devices. Fans can access NFL Network on desktop with participating cable and satellite providers. For more information, visit NFL.com/Watch.

Watch all 65 Preseason games, including 16 LIVE games on NFL Network. Add your team’s entire 2017 Preseason schedule on NFL Network to your calendar and catch every game on NFL Network!

http://www.nfl.com/network/preseason

 

Hall of Fame Game between the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals in Canton, Ohio on Thursday night, August 3.

Televised live at 8:00 PM ET by NBC, the Hall of Fame Game is the first of eight national preseason telecasts carried by NFL broadcast partners CBS, ESPN, FOX and NBC.

NFL Network will also provide extensive coverage of the NFL preseason, including live game broadcasts in all four weeks of the preseason.

The 2017 preseason schedule was announced on April 10 without dates and times, which now have been confirmed.

 

 

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The complete 2017 NFL preseason schedule is listed below:
2017 NFL PRESEASON SCHEDULE
(Games grouped by start times and listed alphabetically by home team)
Hall of Fame
 Game
DAYDATE VISITOR HOMEETTV
ThursdayAug. 3Arizona CardinalsvsDallas Cowboys8:00 PMNBC
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 AUGUST 9-13
DAYDATE VISITOR HOMEET
WednesdayAug. 9Houston TexansatCarolina Panthers7:30 PM
ThursdayAug. 10Minnesota VikingsatBuffalo Bills7:00 PM
ThursdayAug. 10Atlanta FalconsatMiami Dolphins7:00 PM
ThursdayAug. 10Washington RedskinsatBaltimore Ravens7:30 PM
ThursdayAug. 10Jacksonville JaguarsatNew England Patriots7:30 PM
ThursdayAug. 10Denver BroncosatChicago Bears8:00 PM
ThursdayAug. 10New Orleans SaintsatCleveland Browns8:00 PM
ThursdayAug. 10Philadelphia EaglesatGreen Bay Packers8:00 PM
FridayAug. 11Pittsburgh SteelersatNew York Giants7:00 PM
FridayAug. 11Tampa Bay BuccaneersatCincinnati Bengals7:30 PM
FridayAug. 11San Francisco 49ersatKansas City Chiefs9:00 PM
SaturdayAug. 12Tennessee TitansatNew York Jets7:30 PM
SaturdayAug. 12Dallas CowboysatLos Angeles Rams9:00 PM
SaturdayAug. 12Oakland RaidersatArizona Cardinals10:00 PM
SundayAug. 13Detroit LionsatIndianapolis Colts1:30 PM
SundayAug. 13Seattle SeahawksatLos Angeles Chargers8:00 PM
 - WEEK 2 -
AUGUST 17-21
DAYDATE VISITOR HOMEETTV
ThursdayAug. 17Baltimore RavensatMiami Dolphins7:00 PM
ThursdayAug. 17Buffalo BillsatPhiladelphia Eagles7:00 PM
ThursdayAug. 17Tampa Bay BuccaneersatJacksonville Jaguars8:00 PMESPN
FridayAug. 18Minnesota VikingsatSeattle Seahawks10:00 PM
SaturdayAug. 19Carolina PanthersatTennessee Titans3:00 PM
SaturdayAug. 19Kansas City ChiefsatCincinnati Bengals7:00 PM
SaturdayAug. 19Indianapolis ColtsatDallas Cowboys7:00 PM
SaturdayAug. 19New York JetsatDetroit Lions7:30 PM
SaturdayAug. 19Green Bay PackersatWashington Redskins7:30 PM
SaturdayAug. 19New England PatriotsatHouston Texans8:00 PM
SaturdayAug. 19Los Angeles RamsatOakland Raiders10:00 PM
SaturdayAug. 19Denver BroncosatSan Francisco 49ers10:00 PM
SaturdayAug. 19Chicago BearsatArizona Cardinals10:00 PM
SundayAug. 20Atlanta FalconsatPittsburgh Steelers4:00 PM
SundayAug. 20New Orleans SaintsatLos Angeles Chargers8:00 PM
MondayAug. 21New York GiantsatCleveland Browns8:00 PMESPN
 - WEEK 3 -
 AUGUST 24-27
DAYDATE VISITOR HOMEETTV
ThursdayAug. 24Miami DolphinsatPhiladelphia Eagles7:00 PM
ThursdayAug. 24Carolina PanthersatJacksonville Jaguars7:30 PM
FridayAug. 25New England PatriotsatDetroit Lions7:00 PM
FridayAug. 25Kansas City ChiefsatSeattle Seahawks8:00 PMCBS
SaturdayAug. 26Arizona CardinalsatAtlanta Falcons7:00 PM
SaturdayAug. 26Buffalo BillsatBaltimore Ravens7:00 PM
SaturdayAug. 26New York JetsatNew York Giants7:00 PM
SaturdayAug. 26Indianapolis ColtsatPittsburgh Steelers7:30 PM
SaturdayAug. 26Cleveland BrownsatTampa Bay Buccaneers7:30 PM
SaturdayAug. 26Oakland RaidersatDallas Cowboys8:00 PM
SaturdayAug. 26Los Angeles ChargersatLos Angeles Rams8:00 PMCBS
SaturdayAug. 26Houston TexansatNew Orleans Saints8:00 PM
SaturdayAug. 26Green Bay PackersatDenver Broncos9:00 PM
SundayAug. 27Chicago BearsatTennessee Titans1:00 PMFOX
SundayAug. 27Cincinnati BengalsatWashington Redskins4:30 PMFOX
SundayAug. 27San Francisco 49ersatMinnesota Vikings8:00 PMNBC
 - WEEK 4 -
AUGUST 31
DAYDATE VISITOR HOMEET
ThursdayAug. 31Jacksonville JaguarsatAtlanta Falcons7:00 PM
ThursdayAug. 31Detroit LionsatBuffalo Bills7:00 PM
ThursdayAug. 31Los Angeles RamsatGreen Bay Packers7:00 PM
ThursdayAug. 31Cincinnati BengalsatIndianapolis Colts7:00 PM
ThursdayAug. 31Philadelphia EaglesatNew York Jets7:00 PM
ThursdayAug. 31Pittsburgh SteelersatCarolina Panthers7:30 PM
ThursdayAug. 31New York GiantsatNew England Patriots7:30 PM
ThursdayAug. 31Washington RedskinsatTampa Bay Buccaneers7:30 PM
ThursdayAug. 31Cleveland BrownsatChicago Bears8:00 PM
ThursdayAug. 31Dallas CowboysatHouston Texans8:00 PM
ThursdayAug. 31Miami DolphinsatMinnesota Vikings8:00 PM
ThursdayAug. 31Baltimore RavensatNew Orleans Saints8:00 PM
ThursdayAug. 31Tennessee TitansatKansas City Chiefs8:30 PM
ThursdayAug. 31Arizona CardinalsatDenver Broncos9:00 PM
ThursdayAug. 31Seattle SeahawksatOakland Raiders10:00 PM
ThursdayAug. 31Los Angeles ChargersatSan Francisco 49ers10:00 PM

 

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NFL Preseason Schedule by Team

 

 

 

 

AFC EAST

Buffalo Bills

Week 1: vs. Minnesota Vikings
Week 2: at Philadelphia Eagles
Week 3: at Baltimore Ravens
Week 4: vs. Detroit Lions

Miami Dolphins

Week 1: vs. Atlanta Falcons
Week 2: vs. Baltimore Ravens
Week 3: at Philadelphia Eagles
Week 4: at Minnesota Vikings

New England Patriots

Week 1: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Week 2: at Houston Texans
Week 3: at Detroit Lions
Week 4: vs. New York Giants

New York Jets

Week 1: vs. Tennessee Titans
Week 2: at Detroit Lions
Week 3: at New York Giants
Week 4: vs. Philadelphia Eagles

 

 

 

 

AFC NORTH

Baltimore Ravens

Week 1: vs. Washington Redskins
Week 2: at Miami Dolphins
Week 3: vs. Buffalo Bills
Week 4: at New Orleans Saints

Cincinnati Bengals

Week 1: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Week 2: vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Week 3: at Washington Redskins
Week 4: at Indianapolis Colts

Cleveland Browns

Week 1: vs. New Orleans Saints
Week 2: vs. New York Giants
Week 3: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Week 4: at Chicago Bears

Pittsburgh Steelers

Week 1: at New York Giants
Week 2: vs. Atlanta Falcons
Week 3: vs. Indianapolis Colts
Week 4: at Carolina Panthers

 

 

 

AFC SOUTH

Houston Texans

Week 1: at Carolina Panthers
Week 2: vs. New England Patriots
Week 3: at New Orleans Saints
Week 4: vs. Dallas Cowboys

Indianapolis Colts

Week 1: vs. Detroit Lions
Week 2: at Dallas Cowboys
Week 3: at Pittsburgh Steelers
Week 4: vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Jacksonville Jaguars

Week 1: at New England Patriots
Week 2: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Week 3: vs. Carolina Panthers
Week 4: at Atlanta Falcons

Tennessee Titans

Week 1: at New York Jets
Week 2: vs. Carolina Panthers
Week 3: vs. Chicago Bears
Week 4: at Kansas City Chiefs

 

 

 

 

AFC WEST

Denver Broncos

Week 1: at Chicago Bears
Week 2: at San Francisco 49ers
Week 3: vs. Green Bay Packers
Week 4: vs. Arizona Cardinals

Kansas City Chiefs

Week 1: vs. San Francisco 49ers
Week 2: at Cincinnati Bengals
Week 3: at Seattle Seahawks
Week 4: vs. Tennessee Titans

Los Angeles Chargers

Week 1: vs. Seattle Seahawks
Week 2: vs. New Orleans Saints
Week 3: at Los Angeles Rams
Week 4: at San Francisco 49ers

Oakland Raiders

Week 1: at Arizona Cardinals
Week 2: vs. Los Angeles Rams
Week 3: at Dallas Cowboys
Week 4: vs. Seattle Seahawks

 

 

 

NFC EAST

Dallas Cowboys

Hall of Fame Game: vs. Arizona Cardinals (in Canton, Ohio)
Week 1: at Los Angeles Rams
Week 2: vs. Indianapolis Colts
Week 3: vs. Oakland Raiders
Week 4: at Houston Texans

New York Giants

Week 1: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Week 2: at Cleveland Browns
Week 3: vs. New York Jets
Week 4: at New England Patriots

Philadelphia Eagles

Week 1: at Green Bay Packers
Week 2: vs. Buffalo Bills
Week 3: vs. Miami Dolphins
Week 4: at New York Jets

Washington Redskins

Week 1: at Baltimore Ravens
Week 2: vs. Green Bay Packers
Week 3: vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Week 4: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

 

 

 

 

NFC NORTH

Chicago Bears

Week 1: vs. Denver Broncos
Week 2: at Arizona Cardinals
Week 3: at Tennessee Titans
Week 4: vs. Cleveland Browns

Detroit Lions

Week 1: at Indianapolis Colts
Week 2: vs. New York Jets
Week 3: vs. New England Patriots
Week 4: at Buffalo Bills

Green Bay Packers

Week 1: vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Week 2: at Washington Redskins
Week 3: at Denver Broncos
Week 4: vs. Los Angeles Rams

Minnesota Vikings

Week 1: at Buffalo Bills
Week 2: at Seattle Seahawks
Week 3: vs. San Francisco 49ers
Week 4: vs. Miami Dolphins

 

 

 

NFC SOUTH

Atlanta Falcons

Week 1: at Miami Dolphins
Week 2: at Pittsburgh Steelers
Week 3: vs. Arizona Cardinals
Week 4: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Carolina Panthers

Week 1: vs. Houston Texans
Week 2: at Tennessee Titans
Week 3: at Jacksonville Jaguars
Week 4: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

New Orleans Saints

Week 1: at Cleveland Browns
Week 2: at Los Angeles Chargers
Week 3: vs. Houston Texans
Week 4: vs. Baltimore Ravens

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Week 1: at Cincinnati Bengals
Week 2: at Jacksonville Jaguars
Week 3: vs. Cleveland Browns
Week 4: vs. Washington Redskins

 

 

 

 

 

NFC WEST

Arizona Cardinals

Hall of Fame Game: vs. Dallas Cowboys (in Canton, Ohio)
Week 1: vs. Oakland Raiders
Week 2: vs. Chicago Bears
Week 3: at Atlanta Falcons
Week 4: at Denver Broncos

 

Los Angeles Rams

Week 1: vs. Dallas Cowboys
Week 2: at Oakland Raiders
Week 3: vs. Los Angeles Chargers
Week 4: at Green Bay Packers

San Francisco 49ers

Week 1: at Kansas City Chiefs
Week 2: vs. Denver Broncos
Week 3: at Minnesota Vikings
Week 4: vs. Los Angeles Chargers

Seattle Seahawks

Week 1: at Los Angeles Chargers
Week 2: vs. Minnesota Vikings
Week 3: vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Week 4: at Oakland Raiders

 

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New analysts are coming to both CBS and Fox

 

The 2017 NFL season is going to sound different on both CBS and Fox. There’s going to be a lineup shuffle for the NFL on Fox’s bottom tier of announcers. And at CBS, we already know Tony Romo will be replacing Phil Simms and there will be other changes coming as well.

Let’s take a look at what we know about the new lineups at both networks:

We start up top with Tony Romo. He’s joining the NFL on CBS’ “A” team with Jim Nantz. He’ll call both the top Sunday afternoon game for CBS as well as the first half of the Thursday Night Football package on both CBS and NFL Network.

With Romo in with Nantz, that means Phil Simms is out as lead analyst, but he’ll be joining the NFL Today so you won’t have heard the last of him. There was an opening on the NFL Today because Tony Gonzalez left for Fox.

Long-time analyst Solomon Wilcots announced that he was not returning to CBS and the network hired Hall of Fame wide receiver James Lofton from Westwood One Radio.

Over to Fox, Tony Gonzalez joins to become part of the Fox NFL Kickoff pregame at 11 a.m. ET. It’s not the same as being on at noon ET, but the gig is closer to his home in Southern California.

Jay Cutler will join the NFL on Fox’s “B” team with Kevin Burkhardt and Charles Davis.

So Johnston who had worked with Kenny Albert the past few seasons will be demoted to working with Myers.  That means Albert will have a new partner, perhaps that will be Ronde Barber.

Former ESPN’er Mark Schlereth will be part of the NFL on Fox. His partner is likely to be Dick Stockton.

So there’s going to be a lineup shuffle at both the NFL on CBS and the NFL on Fox. CBS especially prides itself on staying consistent, but it’s lineup will look much different in 2017.

 

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NFL LIVE on TV

 

 

The games won’t count for the 2017 season standings, but NFL fans will take the preseason for what it’s worth: a time to look at fresh roster talent. The Arizona Cardinals and Dallas Cowboys will kick off exhibition action with the Hall of Fame game in Canton, Ohio.

The seven televised contests to follow bring intrigue, especially with the perpetual quarterback competition in Cleveland commencing for the upcoming year. All 32 teams will finally see their 2017 draft classes in live action.

In the bigger picture, coaching staffs and front offices will keep tabs on player performances as the rosters shrink down to 53 men by September 2.

What can we look forward to through August during preseason action? The list below provides dates and times for all eight televised games. You can also see the complete exhibition schedule on NFL.com.

Hall of Fame Game: Dallas Cowboys vs. Arizona Cardinals, Thursday, August 3 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC

Week 2: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Jacksonville Jaguars, Thursday, August 17 at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN

Week 2: New York Giants at Cleveland Browns, Monday, August 21 at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN

Week 3: Kansas City Chiefs at Seattle Seahawks, Friday, August 25 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS

Week 3: Los Angeles Chargers at Los Angeles Rams, Saturday, August 26 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS

Week 3: Chicago Bears at Tennessee Titans, Sunday, August 27 at 1 p.m. ET on Fox

Week 3: Cincinnati Bengals at Washington Redskins, Sunday, August 27 at 4:30 p.m. ET on Fox

Week 3: San Francisco 49ers at Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, August 27 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC

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Week 1

Wednesday, August 9

7:30 PM – Houston Texans vs. Carolina Panthers

Thursday, August 10

8:00 PM – Denver Broncos vs. Chicago Bears

Friday, August 11

7:00 PM – Pittsburgh Steelers vs. New York Giants

10:00 PM – San Francisco 49ers vs. Kansas City Chiefs (joined live in progress)

Saturday, August 12

9:00 PM – Dallas Cowboys vs. Los Angeles Rams

Sunday, August 13

1:30 PM Detroit Lions vs. Indianapolis Colts

8:00 PM Seattle Seahawks vs. Los Angeles Chargers

Week 2

Friday, August 18

10:00 PM – Minnesota Vikings vs. Seattle Seahawks

Saturday, August 19

3:00 PM – Carolina Panthers vs. Tennessee Titans

7:00 PM – Indianapolis Colts vs. Dallas Cowboys

10:00 PM – Denver Broncos vs. San Francisco 49ers

Sunday, August 20

4:00 PM – Atlanta Falcons vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

8:00 PM – New Orleans Saints vs. Los Angeles Chargers

Week 3

Thursday, August 24

7:00 PM – Miami Dolphins vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Week 4

Thursday, August 31

7:00 PM – Philadelphia Eagles vs. New York Jets

10:00 PM – Seattle Seahawks vs. Oakland Raiders

 

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It’s been six months since the New England Patriots’ unforgettable Super Bowl LI comeback. If you’ve been in football hibernation since then, here’s your primer for the upcoming NFL campaign — 17 subplots to monitor for the ’17 season:

 

1. What can the Patriots do for an encore?

Little more to prove for the franchise that takes “no days off.” New England has reached a record nine Super Bowls, seven during the Bill Belichick/Tom Brady era. One more Lombardi Trophy would give the Pats six, tying the Pittsburgh Steelers for most , while making Brady — he already has a record four Super Bowl MVPs — the first player with six rings.

And the Patriots seem uniquely armed, even by their singular standards, to potentially mount a new title march with rare flair. Brady has finally escaped the pall of Deflategate and will enter the season with several new weapons (WR Brandin Cooks, TE Dwayne Allen, RBs Mike Gillislee and Rex Burkhead among them) and presumably will have TE Rob Gronkowski back at full strength. CB Stephon Gilmore and DE Kony Ealy are among the defensive newcomers, while MLB Dont’a Hightower returned after free agent flirtations elsewhere.

Bottom line, despite parting with proven players like TE Martellus Bennett and RB LeGarrette Blount, this roster looks fully loaded and may be good enough — perhaps — to pull off a perfect season 10 years after coming up just short in the wake of the league’s lone 16-0 regular season.

 

2. Can anyone in the AFC realistically challenge New England?

The Patriots might be vulnerable … if Brady gets suspended … or tears another knee ligament … or if Belichick decides to coach the Naval Academy lacrosse team. But barring that?

Aside from 2008, when Brady’s ACL snapped on opening day, the Patriots haven’t failed to win the AFC East since 2002. The Miami Dolphins made great strides under coach Adam Gase last year, but the Fins still aren’t ready to swim with the Pats even through WR Jarvis Landry has promised a 2017 sweep of New England. (LOL.)

The Pittsburgh Steelers appear improved, but will the return of WR Martavis Bryant and a healthy Le’Veon Bell — along with some apparent defensive upgrades — vault a team that was thoroughly outclassed in last season’s AFC Championship Game?

The X-factor may be the Oakland Raiders. If QB Derek Carr reaches postseason in one piece, RB Marshawn Lynch can still tap that Beast Mode button, and the defense takes a step up in class, the Silver & Black just might have a chance.

 

3. How do the Atlanta Falcons respond?

The Carolina Panthers suffered a massive Super Bowl hangover in 2016, a season after going 15-1. Now the Falcons appear in need of a greasy breakfast and cold shower after watching a 25-point third-quarter lead evaporate as the Patriots’ blitzkrieg prevented Atlanta from finally winning the Super Bowl.

From a roster perspective, the Falcons return virtually intact and even picked up some nice pieces for a promising defense that crumbled when it counted. But this team won’t sneak up on anyone in a conference far more balanced than the AFC. And the biggest question will be whether Steve Sarkisian, whose only season of NFL experience came as a quarterbacks coach more than a dozen years ago, can sustain one of the most productive offenses in NFL history now that previous coordinator Kyle Shanahan is in San Francisco.

And history isn’t on the Falcons’ side: no team has lost the Super Bowl and returned the following season since the 1990s Buffalo Bills did it three times.

 

4. MVP! MVP!

Brady, Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers had passed the MVP hardware around for years until Cam Newton emerged as a surprise winner in 2015. Then Falcons QB Matt Ryan stunned the NFL in 2016 with a record-setting campaign, suddenly morphing into superstardom in his ninth season. So who’s got next?

Maybe the award remains in the loaded NFC South — awash with new weapons, Jameis Winston might be primed for his own star turn, or perhaps stat machine Drew Brees will finally win it in his 17th year. Two-time winners Brady and Rodgers will surely be in the running; the Steelers have a troika of candidates (Bell, Antonio Brown and Ben Roethlisberger) capable of huge individual seasons; perhaps an elite pass rusher like Von Miller or Khalil Mack might break offensive players’ three-decade stranglehold on the award; Jerry Rice (1987) is the only receiver to win MVP, but Brown, Julio Jones and Odell Beckham are all capable in a league that now features the position so heavily; and any number of youngsters — Carr, Ezekiel Elliott, David Johnson, Marcus Mariota, Dak Prescott or Russell Wilson — could be ready to elevate themselves.

 

5. Sophomore slump? Or surge?

Elliott and Prescott were almost inarguably the greatest rookie tandem in NFL history, launching the Dallas Cowboys back to relevance. So now what? No one will be sleeping on Prescott, the 2016 offensive rookie of the year, and the NFC East champs’ reliance on him and Elliott is bound to increase amid the club’s defensive shake-up. The Cowboys are almost sure to face a tougher challenge from the Philadelphia Eagles and QB Carson Wentz, who has been armed with playmakers he lacked in an up-and-down freshman season.

Elsewhere, the Los Angeles Rams will be looking for a quantum leap from 2016 No. 1 pick Jared Goff, while the Denver Broncos are allowing QB Paxton Lynch, their first rounder a year ago, to compete for the starting job. Bears RB Jordan Howard will look to overtake Elliott after finishing second to him for the rushing title in 2016; Michael Thomas takes over as the No. 1 receiver for the New Orleans Saints; and defensive stars like Joey Bosa, Jalen Ramsey, Leonard Floyd and Deion Jones seek to make even larger footprints.

 

6. Young Guns

Some of the greatest quarterbacks the league has seen — Brady, Brees, Roethlisberger, Eli Manning, Philip Rivers — are approaching 40. But it appears there are maturing youngsters worthy of eventually succeeding them.

After being the draft’s top two picks, respectively, in 2015, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Winston and Tennessee Titans’ Mariota seem to have their teams on the cusp of contention. The Raiders’ revival can largely be credited to Carr. Prescott and Wentz seem primed to lead for years, but it’s time for the Jacksonville Jaguars’ Blake Bortles to finally prove he can do the same.

This year’s highly billed rookie quarterbacks — Mitchell Trubisky (Bears), Patrick Mahomes (Chiefs), Deshaun Watson (Texans) and DeShone Kizer (Browns) — aren’t expected to play extensively, if at all, in 2017. But as Bortles, Prescott and Wentz can attest, such plans tend to change quickly.

 

7. Rookie coaches

Five teams will deploy head coaches who have no experience beyond the coordinator level. Sean McVay — he was 30 at the time of his hiring, making him the youngest head man in modern NFL history — must get Goff on the right track while keeping the Rams relevant in the fickle L.A. market, especially since Anthony Lynn inherits a more talented Chargers roster on the other side of the town.

Vance Joseph takes over the Broncos, who come with significant expectations just one season removed from winning the Super Bowl. The Buffalo Bills’ Sean McDermott and San Francisco 49ers’ Kyle Shanahan, armed with a six-year deal, should enjoy more patience after quickly beginning the process of reshaping their teams in accordance with their respective philosophies.

 

8. Hot seat

All it takes is a poor September before mobs start massing with pitchforks in some cities. With rare exceptions like Belichick and Pete Caroll, almost every NFL coach is susceptible to the pink slip with just one disastrous season.

Grace periods could be over for the Chicago Bears’ John Fox, who apparently doesn’t see eye to eye with GM Ryan Pace anyway, and Todd Bowles after a year of turmoil and regression with the New York Jets. After narrowly avoiding a winless season in 2016, Hue Jackson needs to get the Cleveland Browns moving forward, while Jim Caldwell may have to prove he can get the Detroit Lions further than one-and-done status in the playoffs.

And keep an eye on some more established figures, too.

Chuck Pagano is working for a new general manager and hasn’t taken the Indianapolis Colts to postseason since 2014. John Harbaugh is almost an institution in Baltimore, but the Ravens have only reached the playoffs once since their Super Bowl victory more than four years ago. And the Cincinnati Bengals’ Marvin Lewis and New Orleans’ Saints Sean Payton have been in their posts for more than a decade.

 

9. Change of venue

Two NFL teams will be in new stadiums. As the Chargers migrate from San Diego to Los Angeles, they’ll move into suburban Carson’s StubHub Center for the next two seasons. It’s a facility designed for soccer, and though capacity will be expanded from 27,000 to 30,000 for NFL games, that’s still less than half of what most of the league’s buildings hold. Maybe the Bolts will enjoy an intimate and potentially raucous setting … or maybe it will feel like they’re playing in front of a high school crowd.

The situation is drastically different in Atlanta, where the Falcons will defend their NFC crown in Mercedes-Benz Stadium, with its innovative oculus roof, halo video board and 100-yard bar.

 

10. Contract year

The NFL’s financial landscape is in constant flux. But as things stand now, Kirk Cousins could be the prize of free agency next year — assuming the Washington Redskins don’t franchise him for a third straight year at what would be a financially insane $34-plus million. Jimmy Garoppolo is scheduled to go free, though the Patriots could use the same tag-and-trade approach they utilized with Matt Cassel in 2009. Several other quarterbacks are heading into the final year of their current contracts (Brees, Sam Bradford, Matthew Stafford).

Other players who might be looking for new deals include Devonta Freeman, Jarvis Landry, Alshon Jeffery, Jimmy Graham and Le’Veon Bell.

 

11. Comeback trail

Several high-profile running backs could vie for comeback player of the year honors. Adrian Peterson (Saints) and Jamaal Charles (Broncos) hope to prove they can still be effective while learning the ropes for their new teams. The same goes for Marshawn Lynch, though early reports out of Oakland suggest he looks spry after enjoying a year of retirement.

In Tampa Bay, Doug Martin must prove he was worthy of last year’s millions while beginning this season with a three-game suspension. The Rams’ spotty play at quarterback and on the offensive line hurt Todd Gurley last season, but the 2015 offensive rookie of the year also must bear some responsibility for a poor 2016 campaign. Elsewhere, Bell and David Johnson should be ready to roll after being banged up at the end of last season.

On the quarterback front, Luck and Newton will be handled with kid gloves this summer as they recover from shoulder surgeries. Carr and Ryan Tannehill are expected to be fully functional in training camp after late-season injuries left each of their team’s playoff hopes dead on arrival. Mariota is also virtually recovered from a broken leg. The big question is Teddy Bridgewater, whose career remains in limbo after last summer’s devastating knee injury.

Other players to monitor include Gronk (back), J.J. Watt (back), Luke Kuechly (concussion), Keenan Allen (knee) and Martavis Bryant (suspended in 2016).

 

12. Newcomers

Perhaps no team got a better infusion of talent this offseason than the Jaguars, who lured DL Calais Campbell and CB A.J. Bouye in free agency before drafting Fournette and OL Cam Robinson. WRs DeSean Jackson (Bucs), Terrelle Pryor (Redskins), Brandon Marshall (Giants), Jeffery (Eagles), S Tony Jefferson (Ravens), RB Eddie Lacy (Seahawks), Gilmore (Patriots) and Bennett (Packers) could all be impact free agent finds. Other rookies who seem likely to make early splashes are RBs Christian McCaffrey (Panthers) and Dalvin Cook (Vikings), TEs O.J. Howard (Bucs) and Evan Engram (Giants), WRs Corey Davis (Titans), Mike Williams (Chargers) and John Ross (Bengals), LBs Haason Reddick (Cardinals) and Jarrad Davis (Lions), safeties Jamal Adams (Jets), Malik Hooker (Colts) and Jabrill Peppers (Browns) and pass rushers Myles Garrett (Browns), Solomon Thomas (49ers), Jonathan Allen (Redskins), Charles Harris (Dolphins), T.J. Watt (Steelers), Taco Charlton (Cowboys) and McKinley (Falcons).

 

13. It’s analytics, baby

Cleveland continues the league’s most fascinating rebuild with an analytics-based approach that’s arguably produced as many dividends as questions thus far.

One year after passing on the chance to take Wentz, the Browns also chose not to pick Deshaun Watson in the first round to shore up their perennial quarterback dilemma, though Kizer’s value with selection No. 52 this year was apparently too good to ignore.

Executive VP of football operations Sashi Brown definitely seemed to obtain prime talent in this year’s first round, picking Garrett, Peppers and TE David Njoku. He’s also wheeled and dealed his way into five selections in the first two rounds next year, though he sacrificed $16 million of precious (we thought) salary cap space in order to eat QB Brock Osweiler’s contract and obtain the Houston Texans’ 2018 second rounder (this after letting Pryor walk).

Stay tuned as the plan continues to unfold … assuming ownership doesn’t run out of patience first.

 

14. Red flags not a stop sign?

It’s been three years since Ray Rice was thrown out of the NFL for slugging his fiancee in an Atlantic City elevator. However at least five players accused of violence against women just got drafted. The jury — figurative for now — remains out on Raiders first rounder Gareon Conley, accused of rape days before the draft, something he’s denied. The bone-breaking punch Bengals second rounder Joe Mixon threw at a woman in 2014 was captured on video. Jaguars fourth rounder Dede Westbrook and Browns sixth rounder Caleb Brantley have arrests on their records, while Cowboys third rounder Jourdan Lewis is on trial in Michigan for one misdemeanor count of domestic violence. A troubling trend and group of players who bear close watching.

 

15. Broken records?

Every year, somebody gets the statheads excited.

Before finishing with 1,631 rushing yards (in 15 games), Elliott seemed to have a shot at 2,000 yards as a rookie. That should remain the case going forward — if he’s available all season — as he operates behind the league’s best line for an offense that will likely have to pile up yards and points as it compensates for what’s expected to be a shaky defense.

Brees has surpassed 5,000 passing yards five times — no other quarterback has done it twice — and is always a threat to reclaim his single-season record from Peyton Manning (5,477). (Brees would need an unprecedented 5,830 yards to overtake Manning’s career mark for passing yards — 71,940 — this season.) And keep an eye on Brady, given his bolstered fleet of pass catchers and a relatively unproven group of running backs which could make the team more reliant than ever on its signature short passing game.

Brown, Jones and Beckham seem like the best candidates to become the first 2,000-yard receiver, a once unthinkable plateau which now seems inevitable. If J.J. Watt reclaims his superpowers, might he have a third 20-sack season in the tank — no other player has done that twice — and potentially break his tie with Lawrence Taylor by becoming the first four-time defensive player of the year?

 

16. Sam Darnold sweepstakes

None of the quarterbacks picked this year was considered a can’t-miss prospect or even necessarily ready to play in 2017. But that probably won’t be the case in the 2018 draft, where the buzz around Southern California’s Sam Darnold is already growing. Fans don’t want to endure a season that “earns” their team the No. 1 overall pick. But supporters of the Jets, Browns and 49ers might wind up rooting for defeats to pile up if Darnold is the consolation prize — assuming the redshirt sophomore doesn’t pull a Peyton Manning or Andrew Luck by returning to school for an additional year.

 

17. TV

The spotlight always shines brightest on quarterbacks, and that will remain the case — literally — for Tony Romo and Jay Cutler as they transition from the field to the broadcast booth. Without an iota of experience, will Romo prove worthy of supplanting longtime CBS lead analyst Phil Simms? And after seeing his body language and personality parsed for years, will Cutler prove a fit in a three-man booth — not always a smooth setup by definition — for Fox? Will either be lured back to a locker room despite vows that they’ll never strap on a helmet again? Buckle up, fellas. If there’s anything fans have less patience with than an ineffective quarterback, it may be an ineffective analyst.

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AFC

The New England Patriots were virtually unstoppable last year, rolling to a Super Bowl victory with a 17-2 straight up and 16-3 against the spread record on the season. The Patriots are favored to win the AFC again this year and make their fourth trip to the Super Bowl in the last seven years.

New England is a +190 favorite to win the AFC at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. It’s a steep price to pay, but an understandable one given the current makeup of the team.

The Patriots added an elite cornerback in Stephon Gilmore, who alongside Malcolm Butler will make up one of the best cornerback tandems in the NFL. And on offense, New England traded for speedy wideout Brandin Cooks and will get tight end Rob Gronkowski back from injury. This team is built to repeat.

The rest of the AFC won’t go down without a fight, however. The Pittsburgh Steelers (+700 to win the AFC) and Oakland Raiders (+700) figure to be New England’s biggest obstacles, while the Denver Broncos (+900) and Houston Texans (+900) could also get into the mix.

Pittsburgh surged into the conference final against New England last season on a 9-0 SU and 7-1-1 ATS run. But for the second straight year, the Steelers fell to the eventual Super Bowl champion. Whether Pittsburgh can bridge the gap this season remains to be seen, but this is one of the best teams in the NFL with an elite offense capable of shooting out with anyone.

Oakland, a contender at +1200 on the odds to win Super Bowl 52, also has the look of a team that can shoot out with anyone as long as quarterback Derek Carr is healthy. Before Carr’s season-ending injury, the Raiders were 12-3 SU and 10-5 ATS and looked poised to be a legitimate threat to New England. The addition of Marshawn Lynch gives a physical element to the run game that makes Oakland even more dangerous.

Houston and Denver had the two top defenses in the AFC last season and both units figure to be dominant again in 2017. With more consistent production on offense, either of these teams could be a threat.

Other potential contenders in the AFC include the Kansas City Chiefs (+1200), Indianapolis Colts (+1400), Baltimore Ravens (+2000) and Tennessee Titans (+2000).

 

AFC Conference Champion Odds (see the complete list at OddsShark)

New England Patriots +190

Pittsburgh Steelers +700

Oakland Raiders +700

Denver Broncos +900

Houston Texans +900

Kansas City Chiefs +1200

Indianapolis Colts +1400

Baltimore Ravens +2000

Tennessee Titans +2000

 

NFC

The Green Bay Packers finished 2016 on an 8-1 straight up and 7-2 against the spread run. The Packers will try to carry that momentum into 2017 and advance to the Super Bowl for the first time since 2011.

Green Bay is a +190 favorite to win the NFC title at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. After starting the season off 4-6 SU in 2016, the Packers went 6-0 SU and 5-1 ATS down the stretch to win the NFC North and defeated New York and Dallas in the playoffs before falling to Atlanta in the NFC Championship Game.

The acquisition of Martellus Bennett gives Aaron Rodgers another offensive weapon to work with, complementing one of the best receiving groups in the game.

The Packers, second at +750 on the Super Bowl LII odds, are certainly dangerous, but potential holes at running back and on defense keep them from being a sure thing. Value bettors might instead turn to three of the conference’s best teams, all going off at +600, in the Atlanta Falcons, Dallas Cowboys and Seattle Seahawks.

How big of an impact will losing Kyle Shanahan at offensive coordinator have on the defending NFC champions? That is the question bettors will need to ask themselves before placing a wager on the Falcons, who return all of the key players of an offense that torched the league for 33.8 points per game in 2016.

 

The pressure will be on new coordinator Steve Sarkisian to keep the offense rolling for an Atlanta team that went 13-6 SU overall and 12-7 ATS on the NFL point spreads last year.

Led on offense by a pair of sensational rookies in Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott, the Cowboys went 13-4 SU and 10-6-1 ATS in 2016. Both young stars return with more experience this season, and the addition of Nolan Carroll this offseason should help Dallas’ secondary. Barring any key injuries, a drop-off doesn’t appear likely in Dallas this season.

Seattle beefed up its offensive line with the acquisitions of Oday Aboushi, Luke Joeckel and LSU prospect Ethan Pocic and its backfield with Eddie Lacy in hopes of taking some of the pressure off star quarterback Russell Wilson. If Wilson is able to stay healthy this year, the Seahawks should push for their third Super Bowl berth in the last five years.

Other potential contenders to win the NFC include the New York Giants (+900), Arizona Cardinals (+1400), Carolina Panthers (+1400), and Minnesota Vikings (+1400).

 

NFC Conference Champion Odds (see the complete list at OddsShark)

Green Bay Packers +190

Atlanta Falcons +600

Dallas Cowboys +600

Seattle Seahawks +600

New York Giants +900

Arizona Cardinals +1400

Carolina Panthers +1400

Minnesota Vikings +1400

 

 

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New England Patriots +310
Pittsburgh Steelers +905
Seattle Seahawks +951
Green Bay Packers +994
Atlanta Falcons +1010
Dallas Cowboys +1147

 

 

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