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Major NFL Schedule Change Could Be Coming for 2021 Season

Isaiah De Los Santos
The 2021 NFL season schedule could feature a significant change.
The 2021 NFL season schedule could feature a significant change. / Patrick Smith/Getty Images
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As NFL free agency and the draft approach, fans are looking ahead to the 2021 season. Because of the impacts of the ongoing pandemic on the 2020 campaign, the league is looking for ways to recoup some lost revenue.

That could result in a major change for the 2021 NFL season schedule/

Per NBC Sports' Peter King, it's "highly likely" that the league adds a 17th game to schedule in 2021. This follows in line with previous rumors about a major schedule change for this year.

According to King, the league will pit AFC and NFC teams against each other for the extra game. These matchups will be between the same divisions that played against each other in 2019, but based on the 2020 standings.

So, based on this, the Kansas City Chiefs (the No. 1 seed in the AFC West in 2020) and the Green Bay Packers (the No. 1 seed in the NFC North in 2020) would play each other in Week 17 of the 2021 campaign. Other intriguing matchups now likely include the Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Seattle Seahawks, Baltimore Ravens vs. Los Angeles Rams and Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Indianapolis Colts.

The craziness of 2020 is causing the league to experiment, and it could pay off with some entertaining changes for the 2021 season.


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