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When Does NFL Season Start 2021?

Adam Taylor McKillop
When does NFL season start in 2021? When is the first NFL game of the 2021 season?
When does NFL season start in 2021? When is the first NFL game of the 2021 season? / Patrick Smith/Getty Images
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Now that minicamps and OTAs have wrapped up, all eyes are beginning to turn towards the start of the 2021 NFL season. Training camps are the next official dates on the NFL calendar, but following a month of training camps starting in July, fans will see preseason football and then the official start of the 2021 NFL season.

When Does the NFL Season Start?

The 2021 NFL season is set to kick off with a Week 1 Thursday Night Football matchup between the Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. That game is set for Thursday, Sept. 9. Tom Brady and the defending Super Bowl champions Buccaneers will look to get off to a quick start against the Dak Prescott in his return for the Cowboys.

When Does Football Season Start in 2021?

Following that Thursday Night Football action, Sunday, Sept. 12. features 14 matchups before a Monday Night Football game between the Chicago Bears and Los Angeles Rams on Monday, Sept. 13.

When Does the NFL Season Start?

The 2021 NFL season starts on Thursday, Sept 9. The full Sunday schedule of Week 1 games is set for Sunday, Sept 12.

When is the First NFL Game of the 2021 Season?

The first NFL game of the 2021 season is on Thursday, Sept. 9 between the Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

2021 NFL Season Start

The 2021 NFL Season will also feature a 17th game and Week 18 for the first time in the history of the league. All teams will play a 17th opponent as part of their 2021 NFL schedules.


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