It’s that time of year again! The NFL season is upon us and fans are already gearing up for their team’s first game. But when does the real NFL season start?
The National Football League (NFL) preseason is a period each year during which NFL teams play several not-for-the-record exhibition games before the actual “regular” season starts. The preseason generally lasts about four weeks. During the preseason, each team plays two or three other teams.
The Hall of Fame Game
The annual Hall of Fame game is the first contest of the preseason, pitting together two teams made up of rookies and backups. The game is played at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio, which is also home to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. This year’s game will be played on Thursday, August 1 between the Dallas Cowboys and the Arizona Cardinals.
The Preseason Opener
The first game of the preseason is typically between two teams slated to have poor records the previous season. In order to increase ticket sales, teams will try to schedule a game against a local or rival team. The hope is that fans will be more likely to attend a game that has meaning beyond just preseason bragging rights.
The Battle of the Bay
The San Francisco 49ers and the Oakland Raiders are two of the most storied franchises in the NFL. They have a long-standing rivalry that dates back to when they were both members of the AFC West. The Battle of the Bay is always one of the most anticipated games of the season.
This year, there is an added wrinkle to the game. The 49ers are moving to Santa Clara, and this will be their last season playing in San Francisco. The Raiders, on the other hand, are moving to Las Vegas. This means that this could be the last Battle of the Bay ever.
The game is sure to be a heated one, and it will be interesting to see how each team handles the move. The 49ers will want to send their fans off with a win, while the Raiders will want to spoil their rivals’ farewell party.
The Regular Season
The regular season of the National Football League (NFL) begins the week after Labor Day, which is currently the first Sunday in September. (It was previously the last Sunday in September or the first Sunday in October.) Each team plays 16 games during the regular season.
The Kickoff Game
The NFL regular season typically begins on the Thursday night following the Labor Day holiday in early September. Each team plays 16 games over a 17-week schedule. The regular season ends on the first Sunday in January.
The Kickoff Game is usually played on the Thursday night to start the regular season. The game features the previous season’s Super Bowl participants, and is usually held at their home stadium.
The Thanksgiving Games
The National Football League (NFL) regular season begins on the weekend following Labor Day. The season schedule is typically released in April, although it is subject to change, usually due to flex scheduling. The sixteen game regular season is followed by the playoff tournament, which culminates in the Super Bowl, the league’s championship game.
The NFL regular season typically consists of seventeen weeks, sixteen games played by each of the league’s thirty-two teams. The teams are divided into two conferences, the American Football Conference (AFC) and the National Football Conference (NFC), each of which has four divisions: North, South, East, and West. Within each division, teams play against each other on a rotating basis. Non-divisional games are also scheduled, as well as games against teams from outside of the conference.
The NFL schedule traditionally features a number of marquee matchups on Thanksgiving Day. These highly anticipated games are typically broadcast on national television and attract large audiences. The most popular Thanksgiving Day game is the annual clash between the Detroit Lions and the Dallas Cowboys, which has been held every year since 1966.
The Conference Championships
In order to make it to the Super Bowl, teams first have to compete in the Conference Championships. The Conference Championships are two separate games that take place on the same day, featuring the winners of each conference’s divisional round matchup. The American Football Conference (AFC) Championship game is played at one of the home stadiums of the participating teams, while the National Football Conference (NFC) Championship game is played at a pre-selected site. The site for the NFC Championship game is rotated each year, similar to how the Super Bowl’s host city is selected.
The Super Bowl
The National Football League (NFL) is a professional American football league. It is the highest level of professional football in the United States. The Super Bowl is the biggest and most important game of the year. It is the annual championship game of the NFL.
The Big Game
The Super Bowl is the biggest and most important American football game of the year. It is the annual championship game of the National Football League (NFL). The game is played by the winning teams of the NFL’s two conferences, the American Football Conference (AFC) and the National Football Conference (NFC). The winner of the Super Bowl receives the Vince Lombardi Trophy, which is named after the former head coach of the Green Bay Packers, who won the first two Super Bowls.