There were rumblings of it earlier in the year, but it looks like the rumors will become true sometime this week. According to Adam Schefter, the NFL is expected to expand the regular NFL season to 17 games.
NFL is expected to expand the regular season schedule this week to 17 games. The league had played a 16-game regular season schedule since 1978, by far the longest stretch without a change in NFL history.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 28, 2021
As he mentions in the tweet, this is the longest stretch without a change in the season schedule in NFL history. With the NFL moving to a 17-game schedule, that means half the teams in the league are going to get one extra home game a year.
Although nothing is official yet, it looks as if the Raiders will benefit by getting an additional home game, which will most likely be against the Chicago Bears.
Using the formula reported by @peter_king (https://t.co/LAbNkZCi5p), here are the expected matchups for the NFL's 17th game for each team in 2021. pic.twitter.com/x4D4uF4jue— Field Yates (@FieldYates) March 28, 2021
Again, this hasn’t been made official yet but we’ll let you know as soon as it is.
In other Raiders’ links:
- 10 things we learned about the Raiders in March.
- Could the Raiders get an extra home game with the new schedule?
- CBS Sports gives a full AFC West preview.