NFL schedule release 2024 tracker: Leaks, rumors, live updates, what we know for games (2024)

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Cleveland Browns to face Dallas Cowboys in NFL Week 1 game NBC announces acquisition of additional Saturday NFL game on 2024 NFL schedule NFL Week 1 Brazil game between Eagles, Packers to air on Peaco*ck NFL International games to be revealed early Wednesday NFL schedule release date now official: Wednesday, May 15 NFL season opener: Baltimore Ravens to face Kansas City Chiefs When will each NFL team have its home opener in 2024 NFL schedule? Will Netflix stream the NFL's Christmas Day games in 2024? Which NFL teams will have most primetime games in 2024 schedule? NFL Thanksgiving Day games predictions for 2024 NFL schedule Rule out Cleveland Browns for London game in 2024 NFL schedule 2024 release delay surprises teams NFL schedule predictions: Mock 2024 schedule 5 NFL teams with favorable schedules in 2024 How to watch the 2024 NFL schedule release 2024 NFL schedule opponents for every team Under-the-radar NFL games to watch in 2024 season NFL win totals released before 2024 NFL schedule NFL grudge games on tap with 2024 NFL schedule NFL games to circle on 2024 NFL schedule NFL schedule 2024 predictions: Who will play on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day? Full NFL schedule release set for May 15, according to report Which NFL teams deserve more primetime games in 2024? NFL 2024 schedule: Questions swirling around timeline for release Which NFL teams will have toughest schedules in 2024? Which NFL teams will have easiest schedules in 2024? Could NFL go to an 18-game schedule? NFL schedule release could be next week according to 'signs' Kansas City Chiefs to host NFL kickoff game Philadelphia Eagles to face Green Bay Packers in NFL Week 1 Designated home teams announced for NFL International Games in 2024 There could be two NFL games on Christmas Day in 2024 New NFL rule could impact short-week games in 2024 Jacksonville Jaguars could play two games in London in 2024 Jim Irsay says 2024 NFL schedule coming out 'soon'

There are a lot of questions about the 2024 NFL schedule. The first one being: When will it be released?

Here's a look at what we know about the NFL schedule for 2024, including leaks, reports, rumors, speculation, educated guesses and more about the games and the release of the 2024 schedule.

Keep coming back for updates to the schedule for the 2024 NFL season.

The complete 2023 NFL schedule was released on May 11 last year, with select game information released earlier (Black Friday and Christmas Day games), meaning we could start getting more leaks and updates to the 2024 NFL schedule at any time.

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Cleveland Browns to face Dallas Cowboys in NFL Week 1 game

FOX Sports announced Monday that the Cleveland Browns will host the Dallas Cowboys in Week 1 of the season on Sunday, Sept. 8.

FOX will have coverage of the game. Michael Strahan announced that it would mark Tom Brady's FOX Sports' broadcasting debut.

NBC announces acquisition of additional Saturday NFL game on 2024 NFL schedule

NBC Sports announced Monday that it had acquired another NFL regular season game on Saturday, Dec. 21.

The game will be broadcast on NBC, Peaco*ck and Telemundo.

Coupled with Sunday Night Football on Dec. 22, this will mark the first time since 1997 that NBC will air NFL games on both SaturdayandSunday in Week 16.

NFL Week 1 Brazil game between Eagles, Packers to air on Peaco*ck

This is sure to ruffle some feathers.

NBC Sports announced that the NFL Week 1 game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Green Bay Packers in Brazil will air exclusively on Peaco*ck, the company's streaming service.

It is the NFL's first game in Brazil. The game will be played on Friday, Sept. 6, the second game of the season (Baltimore Ravens vs. Kansas City Chiefs is on Thursday, Sept. 5).

Packers-Eagles marks the third Peaco*ck exclusive NFL game following the Bills-Chargers regular season game in December 2023 and the Dolphins-Chiefs AFC Wild Card game in January 2024.

The Peaco*ck exclusive regular season game will be broadcast on NBC stations in Green Bay, Milwaukee, and Philadelphia, but fans in other markets will have to get Peaco*ck to see it.

NFL International games to be revealed early Wednesday

A special two-hour Schedule Release edition of "Good Morning Football" will air on Wednesday beginning at 7 a.m. ET (4 a.m. Pacific) on NFL Network, with hosts Jason McCourty, Peter Schrager, Kyle Brandt and Sherree Burruss.

The 2024 International Games will be revealed during the show ahead of the full schedule announcement Wednesday evening.

NFL schedule release date now official: Wednesday, May 15

The NFL has announced that the 2024 NFL schedule will be released on Wednesday, May 15 at 5 p.m. Pacific (8 p.m. Eastern) making the previously reported day official.

The schedule release show can be watch on NFL Network, NFL.com, the NFL app and NFL+.

ESPN will also have a two-hour special on the schedule release on Wednesday at 8 p.m. Pacific on ESPN2 and simulcast on ESPN+.

NFL season opener: Baltimore Ravens to face Kansas City Chiefs

The NFL season opener will be between the Baltimore Ravens and Kansas City Chiefs, per ESPN's Adam Schefter. It will occur on Thursday, Sep. 5 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kanas City.

The game will start at 5:20 p.m. Pacific time (8:20 p.m., EST) and will be shown on NBC and Peaco*ck.

When will each NFL team have its home opener in 2024 NFL schedule?

One account on X that provides updates on the NFL schedule release, provided an interesting graphic about recent home openers for NFL teams, showing the percentage of home openers by Weeks 1, 2 and 3 for each team over the past 15 seasons.

Will it mean anything for 2024? We will find out on Wednesday with the official NFL 2024 schedule release.

Will Netflix stream the NFL's Christmas Day games in 2024?

Puck reported that "it looks like Netflix will wind up carrying the two NFL games scheduled for December 25, per a bevy of sources."

Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio reported: "Prior reports indicated that the NFL wants at least $50 million — and ideally as much as $100 million — for each of the Christmas games. For Netflix, capturing the captive Christmas audience would be a major coup."

John Ourand of Puck also reported that the talks with Netflix are a big reason the 2024 NFL schedule release has been delayed.

Which NFL teams will have most primetime games in 2024 schedule?

NBC Sports released a graphic showing the NFL teams that have had the most primetime games since 2020 and the Green Bay Packers lead the list with 22, followed by the Kansas City Chiefs at 21.

The Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles and Buffalo Bills were also on the list.

All of those teams would likely be good candidates for several primetime games this season, as would the San Francisco 49ers, Baltimore Ravens, Houston Texans and Detroit Lions.

The New York Jets, with Aaron Rodgers' return, could also end up seeing some time in the spotlight.

NFL Thanksgiving Day games predictions for 2024 NFL schedule

Who will play on Thanksgiving Day in 2024?

We know that the Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys will host, as is customary for that day, but who could they play and who could play in the late game that day in 2024?

Several sites have made predictions.

Pro Football Network predicted these three matchups: Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions; Cincinnati Bengals at Dallas Cowboys; Miami Dolphins at New York Jets.

SB Nation predicted that the Cowboys would host the Houston Texas. Sports Illustrated speculated about the Baltimore Ravens being the Cowboys' opponent that day.

SB Nation projected the Los Angeles Rams to be the Lions' foe on Thanksgiving.

Interestingly, the Jacksonville Jaguars are the only NFL team to never play on Thanksgiving. Jacksonville.com predicted that will change, with the team predicted to be the Lions' opponent.

Will any of those predictions get it right?

Rule out Cleveland Browns for London game in 2024

The Browns posted on social media that "TrueFan Travel, an official fan experience partner of the Cleveland Browns, has trips planned to LV, NOLA, Denver, and Jacksonville. Stay tuned!"

That would mean that we can eliminate Cleveland as a possibility to play the Jaguars in London in 2024.

One site says Jacksonville's opponent for the International Game would likely be the New York Jets or New England Patriots.

NFL schedule 2024 release delay surprises teams

The Sports Business Journal reported that NFL teams were expecting the NFL schedule to be released on Thursday, May 9 before teams were notified the release would come on Wednesday, May 15.

Ben Fischer wrote: "The memo from NFL EVP/Media DistributionHans Schroederdid not give a reason for the delay. The schedule release had not been officially announced yet, and the league always maintains a degree of flexibility considering the complex nature of developing the schedule. But some teams had been told informally it was coming Thursday. Schroeder wrote that more details about activations or other nuances of the plan were expected in the coming days. The league and media rights holders sometimes announce specific high-profile matchups before the full slate is unveiled. The schedule release has become a key priority for teams and the league in recent years, with teams preparing increasingly sophisticated schedule social content and using it as a starting point for single-game ticket sales."

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NFL schedule predictions: Mock 2024 schedule

NFL Network's Peter Schrager presented some NFL 2024 schedule predictions in his mock 2024 NFL schedule, which included several NFL Week 1 matchup picks, his Thanksgiving and Christmas Day predictions and the teams with the most primetime games and the fewest primetime games.

You can see his selections in this post, with the Kansas City Chiefs, San Francisco 49ers and Detroit Lions projected to get the most primetime games and the Carolina Panthers and Arizona Cardinals projected to get the fewest.

5 NFL teams with favorable schedules in 2024

CBS Sports took a look at some NFL teams that have potentially favorable schedules in 2-024 based on the win percentage of their opponents last season and singled out the Atlanta Falcons, Chicago Bears, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Miami Dolphins and Philadelphia Eagles.

Jeff Kerr wrote: "Thestrength of schedule is already knownfor each team. While the metric is flawed, it's fun to speculate which teams will be good based on the strength of schedule (also plays into the offseason signings and draft picks).As the league awaits the 2024 schedule, here's a prediction of five teams that will be good in 2024 based on their strength of schedule. Three of these teams were playoff teams last season."

How to watch the 2024 NFL schedule release

The complete NFL schedule for 2024 will reportedly be released on Wednesday, May 15 at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT).

We are bound to get some leaks and updates before then, but that is when the entire schedule for every team is set to be announced.

NFL Network will have a schedule announcement show at 5 p.m. Pacific that day and NFL teams will being releasing their complete 2024 NFL schedule around that time.

ESPN will also have coverage of the release, which has become a spectacle for NFL fans over the years, as they eagerly anticipate the slate of games for their team.

Fans will just have to eagerly anticipate the 2024 NFL schedule release for another week.

2024 NFL schedule opponents for every team

We don't know when NFL teams play each other in the 2024 NFL season, but we do know who they will play.

The NFL released the list of every team's opponents for the upcoming season in January, revealing the home and away foes.

For example, the Kansas City Chiefs will host the Denver Broncos, Las Vegas Raiders, Los Angeles Chargers, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Houston Texans in 2024.

They will play at the Denver Broncos, Las Vegas Raiders, Los Angeles Chargers, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Buffalo Bills and San Francisco 49ers.

Click here for every NFL team's opponents on the road and at home in the 2024 NFL season.

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Under-the-radar NFL games to watch in 2024 season

We've already looked at some of the most-anticipated games on the 2024 NFL schedule, but what about some under-the-radar matchups to watch?

Athlon Sports listed five games it thought fell into this category in the upcoming season.

The five games? Miami Dolphins at Los Angeles Rams, Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts, Pittsburgh Steelers at Atlanta Falcons, Washington Commanders at Cincinnati Bengals and Seattle Seahawks at New England Patriots.

We now just have to have the NFL 2024 schedule released to find out when we can watch them.

NFL win totals odds 2024:Over/under wins for every NFL team in regular season

NFL win totals released before 2024 NFL schedule

We may not know the NFL schedule for teams in the 2024 season, but we do know the opponents each team will face.

And that's evidently enough to determine over/under win total odds for each NFL team in the upcoming season, according to one sportsbook.

FanDuel Sportsbook lists the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs with the highest over/under win totals for the upcoming season, at 11.5 wins. The New England Patriots, Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos are each at 5.5 wins, the lowest in the league.

You can see each NFL team's regular season win total odds for the 2024 NFL season here.

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NFL grudge games on tap with 2024 NFL schedule

We don't know when NFL "grudge" games will be played in 2024, but there will be some very interesting ones on the 2024 NFL schedule.

USA TODAY Sports broke down 15 games that could attract a lot of attention in the upcoming season because of players or coaches facing former teams.

The Los Angeles Chargers vs. Baltimore Ravens' Harbaugh Bowl will definitely attract a lot of eyeballs, as will the Kansas City Chiefs vs. San Francisco 49ers rematch.

One potentially underrated one that caught our attention on the list? The Washington Commanders at the Arizona Cardinals, which will mark former Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury's return to Arizona (and one-time Arizona State QB Jayden Daniels' return to the state).

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NFL games to circle on 2024 NFL schedule

SB Nation broke down seven games to circle on the 2024 NFL schedule, starting with the Kansas City Chiefs vs. Buffalo Bills.

But that isn't the only game to see mark on the calendar, when the schedule is released.

The site also singles out the Baltimore Ravens vs. Los Angeles Chargers game, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Denver Broncos game, Carolina Panthers vs. Chicago Bears game, Atlanta Falcons vs. Minnesota Vikings game and Chiefs vs. San Francisco 49ers game.

It's last suggested game to circle isn't exactly a game, it's the "New York Jets vs ... whoever."

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NFL schedule 2024 predictions: Who will play on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day?

While we await the release of the 2024 NFL schedule (or leaks of it), some sites have started making predictions for the big dates on the 2024 NFL calendar.

Pro Football Network predicts that the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions, Cincinnati Bengals and Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins and New York Jets will be the Thanksgiving Day matchups. It has the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens and Atlanta Falcons and Minnesota Vikings as its two Christmas Day game predictions.

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Full NFL schedule release set for May 15, according to report

Ben Fischer of the Sports Business Journal posted on X: "NEWS: The full NFL schedule is currently slated to be released at 8pm ET on May 15, per memo to teams this afternoon from exec Hans Schroeder. Teams had been expecting this week, Thursday. Reason for delay not mentioned in memo."

Which NFL teams deserve more primetime games in 2024?

Interestingly,SB Nationrecently published a story about three NFL teams who deserve more primetime games on the 2024 NFL schedule and the Arizona Cardinals were included among the three.

Joseph Acosta wrote: "Fighting for some shine in a loaded NFC West, the Cardinals spent the first quarter of 2023 looking like one of the worst teams of the NFL. However, after QB Kyler Murray returned, the Cardinals began to look like one of the more intriguing teams for the future. Again, it’s the offense that takes most of the shine here. Murray, TE Trey McBride, and rookie WR Marvin Harrison Jr. give fans something to look for when the Cardinals play. Murray plays really exciting football, and if Harrison Jr. can be the outside receiver we all think he can be, then the Cardinals should be extremely exciting. Defensively, the team is still slowly coming along, but safety Budda Baker is still a very fun player to watch. With Murray running around throwing passes to Harrison Jr., this will be one of the most fun teams to watch this year."

The Green Bay Packers and Indianapolis Colts were the other two teams that deserved more primetime games, according to the story.

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NFL 2024 schedule: Questions swirling around timeline for release

Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio and Chris Simms took a look at what could be impacting the release of the 2024 NFL schedule in a video.

Which NFL teams will have toughest schedules in 2024?

We don't know when teams will play their opponents in the 2024 NFL season, but we do know who they will play.

Which teams will have the most difficult schedules in 2024, based on last season's records?

According to NFL Research, the Cleveland Browns will have the toughest 2024 NFL schedule. The Browns' opponents in the upcoming season had a .547 win percentage last season.

The Baltimore Ravens are next, with a .536 opponent win percentage from last season, while the Pittsburgh Steelers' 2024 opponents had a .533 win percentage last season.

The Houston Texans and Green Bay Packers round out the Top 5 most-difficult NFL schedules in 2024, with opponents of both of those teams having a .526 win percentage last season.

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Which NFL teams will have easiest schedules in 2024?

The 2024 NFL schedule for some teams will be easier than others, based on win percentages from last season.

The Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints' opponents both had a .453 win percentage last season, while opponents of the Carolina Panthers and Chicago Bears were .467.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Los Angeles Chargers' opponents in 2024 had a .478 win percentage in 2023.

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Could NFL go to an 18-game schedule?

Could the NFL move to an 18-game regular schedule soon?

The league will still have a 17-game regular season in 2024, but Cincinnati Bengals QB Joe Burrow addressed the potential of adding another regular season game in the future with reporters recently, bringing up the idea that players would need a second bye week with an additional regular season game.

"That's definitely something that we've thought about it; 18 games is definitely a big ask," Burrow told reporters. That's not easy adding that extra game. Obviously, it would be great for revenue, but I feel like adding that bye week if you're going to have the 18-game schedule is pretty critical for our bodies. If you keep that first bye week, and some teams have the bye in Week 5, Week 6, and then you're going 12, 13 games in a row that's not easy. Probably a Thursday night game thrown in in there, too, so that's never easy. Those two byes are pretty critical.”

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NFL schedule release could be next week according to 'signs'

The NFL schedule could be released at any time. History says that it could come this week, based on previous schedules released, but Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio recently reported that it will probably come next week.

He wrote: "Will it be this week? As best we can tell, no, it won’t be. How about next week? That’s currently looking more likely. Especially since next week is a big week for the TV industry, with the “upfront” presentations in New York. Given that the league now authorizes each of the networks to announce a game or two in the days preceding the full release, it makes sense for the networks to generate maximum buzz by sharing a taste of the schedule on the day they unveil their full fall lineups. If not next week, the next week is the week preceding Memorial Day weekend. That’s not the week for getting the most possible attention for the coming schedule."

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Kansas City Chiefs to host NFL kickoff game

The Kansas City Chiefs are set to host the first game of the 2024 NFL season, the NFL kickoff game, on Thursday, Sept. 5.

We just don't know who the two-time defending Super Bowl champions will play in that game.

USA TODAY Sports' Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz ranked eight candidates to face the Chiefs in that game, from worst to best.

He ranked the Baltimore Ravens as the best possible matchup in the game, which will be played at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City.

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Philadelphia Eagles to face Green Bay Packers in NFL Week 1

The Philadelphia Eagles will host the Green Bay Packers in Week 1 on Friday, Sept. 6, 2024, at Corinthians Arena, home to Brazilian soccer team SC Corinthians.

The Eagles-Packers game will be the first NFL regular season game in Brazil.

Peaco*ck (NBCUniversal) will exclusively stream the Week 1 game in São Paulo, Brazil. The game will also be available on free, over-the-air broadcast television in the local markets of the competing teams as well as on mobile devices with NFL+.

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Designated home teams announced for NFL International Games in 2024

The Eagles are the host team for the game in Brazil in NFL Week 1, but that isn't the NFL's only international game this season.

Four other regular season games will be played as part of the 2024 NFL International Games and while we don't know the dates or complete matchups for those games, we do know the home teams for the European slate of international contests.

The Chicago Bears, Jacksonville Jaguars and Minnesota Vikings will all host games in London, while the Carolina Panthers will host a game in Munich, Germany.

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There could be two NFL games on Christmas Day in 2024

Ready for some Wednesday NFL football?

Dec. 25, 2024, is on a Wednesday and the NFL is reportedly set to have two games that day, according to CBS Sports.

The ratings are just too good for the league to not have games that day, evidently. CBS Sports reported that the games will be put up for bid between the league's broadcast partners.

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New NFL rule could impact short-week games in 2024

NFL owners approved a rule in March allowing teams to play two games on short rest during the season, meaning a team could potentially play on Sunday and then Thursday Night Football, twice, in an attempt to have better games that night.

So, that could mean we see the better teams in primetime more often this season, and it could mean less rest for some of those teams. The NFL previously only allowed teams to play on a short week once per season.

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Jacksonville Jaguars could play two games in London in 2024

Jacksonville.com wrote: "It’s not exactly a highly-guarded secret among league insiders, but when the NFL schedule is released sometime in May, the Jaguars are expected to return for another London doubleheader in 2024, according to a league source."

According to the report, the team would host one game and be the visiting team against the Bears in the other.

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Jim Irsay says 2024 NFL schedule coming out 'soon'

No one seems to be quite sure when the 2024 NFL schedule is coming out, but Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay might have left a clue when he posted a message on social media Tuesday.

"I smell a 2024 SCHEDULE coming out soon," he posted on X.

Does "soon" mean this week? Does it mean next? It looks like we'll just have to wait to find out.

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