NFL Schedule Release: Aaron Rodgers' Jets Debut, Lions Open at Arrowhead

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NFL Schedule Release: Lions and Chiefs Open the Season, Aaron Rodgers Gets a Primetime Debut


The Aaron Rodgers era in New York will open in primetime this season. As part of the NFL schedule release extravaganza, the NFL announced this morning via Twitter that Aaron Rodgers and the Jets will host the Buffalo Bills in Week 1 on Monday Night Football.

The Jets will be the home team in Week 1, with the Bills traveling to East Rutherford in this contest. This is the second Jets game that has been confirmed officially this week. In addition, we learned on Wednesday that Aaron Rodgers and the Jets will play in the first-ever Black Friday game. Rodgers and the Jets will host the Miami Dolphins in that contest on the Friday after Thanksgiving. 

Seeing the NFL taking full advantage of Rodgers’ move to New York might not be popular with some scorn midwesterners. However, it’s the obvious play by the NFL.

We’ve also learned this morning that the Detroit Lions will head to Arrowhead in Week 1. So, the NFL’s opening night kickoff will feature the Lions taking on the defending Super Bowl champs on Thursday, September 7 on NBC.

Detroit is the early favorite in the NFC North, and the Chiefs are, well, the Chiefs. This is a fascinating matchup. The NFL hit a home run here. We’ve got a chance for some real fireworks on opening night. Detroit and Kansas City should have two of the better offensive attacks in the NFL this season.

Also, this is the first time that the Lions have been to Arrowhead in two decades!

We also learned the morning that the Chiefs will host the Raiders on Christmas Day. So we now have confirmed two opening weekend primetime dates, the International Games, and a bulk of the holiday games.

The NFL schedule release is set for tonight. However, here’s what we have so far:

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Author: Patrick K. Flowers

Patrick is the Lead NFL Writer at Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @PatrickKFlowers.