The 2021 NFL season is four months away, but on Wednesday, May 12, the NFL started releasing the schedule. The full schedule will be released at 8 p.m. ET, but in the 8 a.m. hour, the league released the schedule for Week 1. ABC, CBS, and FOX all announced the first weekend of football in their morning shows.
The Bucs get the traditional home opener for a Super Bowl champion, and we get a fun one with them. Tampa will host the Cowboys in what should mark Dak Prescott’s first regular season game since fracturing his ankle last season. The injury proved how valuable Prescott is to the Cowboys and expectations will be sky high in his return.
The other two prime time games include Bears at Rams on Sunday Night Football and then Ravens at Raiders on Monday Night Football. One of the best games on the slate will be Sunday afternoon and likely a mostly national game on CBS as the Chiefs host the Browns to open the season. This is a potential playoff preview right out of the gate.
Here’s a full look at the full list of games set for Week 1 of the 2021 NFL season.
2021 NFL season: Week 1 schedule
Thursday, September 09, 2021
Dallas Cowboys at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC
Sunday, September 12, 2021
Philadelphia Eagles at Atlanta Falcons, 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX
Pittsburgh Steelers at Buffalo Bills, 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS
New York Jets at Carolina Panthers, 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS
Minnesota Vikings at Cincinnati Bengals, 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX
San Francisco 49ers at Detroit Lions, 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX
Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans, 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS
Seattle Seahawks at Indianapolis Colts, 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX
Arizona Cardinals at Tennessee Titans, 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS
Los Angeles Chargers at Washington Football Team, 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS
Cleveland Browns at Kansas City Chiefs, 4:25 p.m. ET CBS
Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots, 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS
Green Bay Packers at New Orleans Saints, 4:25 p.m. ET, FOX
Denver Broncos at New York Giants, 4:25 p.m ET, FOX
Chicago Bears at Los Angeles Rams, 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC
Monday, September 13, 2021
Baltimore Ravens at Las Vegas Raiders, 8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN/ABC