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REPORT: NFL Moving to 17-Game Regular Season in 2021

The National Football League will reportedly be adding a 17th game to its regular season starting immediately in 2021. This will be the first adjustment to the regular season since the league went from 14 to 16 games in 1978.

While not officially announced yet, this move is projected to add a road game against the to the ' schedule.

Barring any changes before the official announcement, the each East team will meet one AFC East team in 2021.  The Cowboys and Patriots each finished third in their respective divisions last year, so that should result in their playing other.

The most significant effect of the extra game will be on single-season records. While not as impactful from 14 to 16 games, this will create one more opportunity for players to obtain volume-based statistics.

The effect on and tiebreakers should be relatively minimal. With this extra games coming against non-conference opponents, the head-to-head tiebreaker, division, and conference records will still be the key factors.

The NFL's official of this information is expected later this week.

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
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Does that mean a preseason game gets cut??

John Williams

Yes. So this year, the Cowboys are slated to play in the Hall of Fame game like they were last year. So instead of playing 5 preseason games, the Cowboys and Steelers will play four. Everyone else will play 3.


Will the extra game increase salary cap as well ?

James Vargas

Players will not like this. It might create disadvantages for teams playing an extra away game as well.

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