As it reported over the weekend, the NFL plans to announce the official move to a 17-game schedule starting in 2021 sometime this week. The league has been using a 16-game schedule since the 1978 season, marking over 40+ seasons without a change to the current format.
NFL is expected to expand the regular season schedule this week to 17 games. The league had played a 16-game regular season schedule since 1978, by far the longest stretch without a change in NFL history.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 28, 2021
Per Peter King of NBC, one of the main points of interest regarding the new schedule is that the league will not offer teams an additional bye week. The plan is to play all 17 games within 18 weeks. Another to expect is that the Super Bowl will be pushed back a single week from February 6 to February 13.
Lastly, each conference is expected to alternate hosting the final week of the season every year, with the AFC being the first to hist in 2021. Per Mark Maske of the Washington Post, the NFL may change that in 2022 by using the extra games as an opportunity to host international games at neutral sites.
What do you all think of the move to a 17-game schedule? Are you happy about more happy or is it unnecessary? Let us know.
Now for today’s links.
Matthew Stafford has an excellent opportunity to cement his legacy in Los Angeles (TheRams.com)
Five things to know about DeSean Jackson (TheRams.com)
DeSean Jackson feels 100 percent healthy (The Rams Wire)
Andrew Whitworth gave up $3 million of his salary to help Rams in 2021 (Ramblin’ Fan)
Winners and losers from last week’s big draft-pick trades (CBS Sports)
Tyson Alualu changes mind, heads back to Steelers (ESPN)
Jarran Reed is signing with the Chiefs on a one-year deal (ESPN)
Chad Reuter’s latest mock draft (NFL.com)
Post-free agency power rankings (NFL.com)
Trevor Lawrence won’t be attending the NFL Draft in Cleveland (Bleacher Report)