Ladies and gentlemen, bits and pieces have leaked all day long but now the full NFL schedule for 2019 has been released. Here's a thread to discuss whether you think your favorite team got screwed with a schedule that's frontloaded or backloaded or just loaded with teams coming off their bye weeks.
A look at some of the more important dates:
- Usually, the Super Bowl champion opens up the season on that first Thursday night, but not this year. To celebrate the NFL's 100th season, the season will open with the league's longest-running rivalry, the Green Bay Packers at the Chicago Bears. The Patriots will instead open their season and raise their sixth banner on Sunday night against the only other franchise with six Super Bowl championships, the Pittsburgh Steelers.
- The Monday night opening doubleheader has Houston in New Orleans followed by Denver in Oakland.
- We've got four different games in London this year. Two games at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium: Chicago "at" Oakland in the Khalil Mack revenge game, 1 p.m. Eastern in Week 5, and then Carolina "at" Tampa Bay, 9:30 a.m. Eastern in Week 6. Then there will be two games at Wembley Stadium: Cincinnati "at" the Los Angeles Rams is 1 p.m. Eastern Week 8, and Houston "at" Jacksonville is 9:30 a.m. Eastern in Week 9.
- The NFL will also try once again to play a game at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City. It's Kansas City again, but this time against the Los Angeles Chargers, Monday night of Week 11.
- Buffalo is the only team with no prime time games, but they do get a Thanksgiving spot. The Thanksgiving triple-header in Week 13 will see Bears at Lions, Bills at Cowboys, and Saints at Falcons. The last one is a rematch of last year's Thanksgiving night game, with just the home and away teams switched.
- NFL Network will run a Saturday tripleheader on the next-to-last weekend of the season, December 21.