2017 NFL season

This article is about the American football season in the United States. For the Gaelic football season in Ireland, see 2017 National Football League (Ireland).
2017 National Football League season
Regular season
Duration September 7, 2017 (2017-09-07)-December 31, 2017 (2017-12-31)
Start date January 6, 2018
Super Bowl LII
Date February 4, 2018
Site U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN
Pro Bowl
Date January 28, 2018

The 2017 NFL season, the 98th season in the history of the National Football League (NFL), will begin on Thursday September 7, 2017 with the defending Super Bowl LI champion hosting an as of yet determined team in the NFL Kickoff Game. The season will conclude with Super Bowl LII, the league's championship game, on Sunday February 4, 2018 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Player movements and retirements

The 2017 NFL League year will begin on March 9, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. ET.


For more details on this topic, see 2017 NFL draft.

The 2017 NFL Draft will be held on April 27–April 29, 2017 in Philadelphia.


Training camps for the 2017 season will be held in late July through August. Teams will start training camp no earlier than 15 days before the team's first scheduled preseason game.

Prior to the start of the regular season, each team will play four preseason exhibition games, beginning on Thursday August 10. The preseason will begin on the evening of Sunday August 6 with the 2017 Pro Football Hall of Fame Game which will be televised nationally on NBC. The 64-game preseason schedule will end on Thursday August 31.

Regular Season

The 2017 regular season features 256 games will be played out over a seventeen-week schedule which will begin on Thursday September 7. Each of the league's 32 teams play a 16-game schedule, with one bye week for each team. The slate also features games on Monday Night. They are games played on Thursday, including National Football League Kickoff game in prime time on September 7 and games on Thanksgiving Day. The regular season will conclude with a full slate of 16 games on Sunday December 31, all of which will be intra–division matchups, as it has been since 2010.

Scheduling Formula

Under the NFL's current scheduling formula, each team plays each other three times in their own division twice. In addition a team plays against four teams in one other division from each conference the final two games on a team's schedule are againist the two team's in the team's own conference in the divisions the team was not set to play who finished the previous season in the same rank in their division (e.g. the team which finished first in its division the previous season would play each other teamin their conference that also finished first in its respective division). The pre-set division parings for 2017 will be as follows.

AFC East vs AFC West
AFC North vs AFC South
NFC East vs NFC West
NFC North vs NFC South

AFC East vs NFC South
AFC North vs NFC North
AFC South vs NFC West
AFC West vs NFC East

Highlights of the 2017 schedule include:

The entire schedule will be released in April 2017.


The 2017 Playoffs will begin with the Wild Card playoff round the weekend of January 6–7, 2018. The winners of each of the games will visit the top two seeded teams in each conference in the Divisional Round games, which will then be played on the weekend of January 13–14, 2018. The winners of those games will advance to the Conference Championship game, which will be held on January 21, 2018 with the AFC Championship Game at 3:05pm ET on CBS and the NFC Championship Game at 6:40pm ET on Fox. The 2018 Pro Bowl will be held on January 28, 2018 and air on ESPN. Super Bowl LII will be held on February 4, 2018 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on NBC.


This is the fourth season under broadcast contracts with ESPN, CBS, Fox, and NBC. This includes "cross-flexing" (switching) Sunday Afternoon games between CBS and Fox before or during the season (regardless of the conference of the visiting team). NBC will continue to air Sunday Night Football, the annual Kickoff game, and the primetime Thanksgiving game. ESPN will continue to air Monday Night Football and the Pro Bowl. NBC will also serve as the broadcaster of Super Bowl LII. This will also be the second and final year of the current Thursday Night Football contract with CBS, NBC, NFL Network, and Twitter


This will be the Atlanta Falcons' inaugural season at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, after playing in the Georgia Dome during the previous 25 seasons.


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