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NFL Game Schedule Changes for Upcoming Season; Players Not Happy

The NFL expected to add an extra game to the season, making the 2021 season a 17-game schedule. The first schedule change since 1978

News of the new game schedule broke on Twitter Sunday, March 28, from ESPN NFL insider, Adam Schefter. 

“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,” he reported.

Schefter did not mention if the extra regular-season game will affect bye-weeks.

However, NBC Sports’ Peter King reported earlier this month that the NFL had created “an interesting formula” for the upcoming season. 

“The formula that prevailed—follow me now—was AFC versus NFC, cross-conference matchup from two years ago, 2021 matchup based on 2020 standings,” King wrote.

Field Yates tweeted the expected 17th game schedule of the 2021 season

Players Not Happy

While fans will be happy about the new extended season, players aren’t so happy about the new change.

New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara bluntly tweeted ” “Shit dumb… as hell..” in response to Schefter’s tweet.  Other players, such as Green Bay’s Adrien Amos and Philadelphia Eagle’s Darius Slay, also took to Twitter to voice their concerns.

Tenessee Titan linebacker, Will Compton, had a lengthy response to Schefter’s news to the game schedule.

Perfect timing, Schefty Hey @TaylorLewan77 if my math is correct – you average around $17 million per year. You will now get an extra game check, which will be around $1 million dollars extra. Bonus. Play money for you. Do you want to win a super bowl or not?” Compton wrote.

“There will be automatic changes to the off-season and in-season workout schedules as a result,” NFLPA executive George Atallah tweeted following the news. Atallah did not comment on what those changes would be.

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