The NFL has released the full regular season schedule for 2016. The NFL season will begin the way it ended in February– a match between the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers on Sept. 8 in Denver, Colorado.
The Broncos beat the Panthers, 24-10 in Super Bowl 50 earlier this year. It was also Peyton Manning’s final game before his retirement.
“We’re glad that it’s out,” Broncos executive vice-president of football operations John Elway said, reports FOX Sports.
“We knew who we were going to play and now we know when we’re going to play them. It’s always exciting to take that next step and look at the 2016 season. With the schedule coming out, that’s kind of the first step. With the draft coming up in the next couple of weeks, we’re on to 2016.”
Panthers coach Ron Rivera couldn’t be more excited than getting a rematch.
“It’s exciting for our players to compete on a national stage,” Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. “We have earned the right to be in the spotlight and we have to take advantage of it.”
Week 1 of the schedule in fact is a power-packed one. New England Patriots will face Arizona Cardinals on Sept 11 while Los Angeles Rams will face San Francisco 49ers on Sept 12.
The regular season will end on New Year’s Day 2017. Additionally, four games will be played abroad.
The Jacksonville Jaguars will face the Indianapolis Colts in London on Oct 2 at Wembley Stadium followed by Los Angeles Rams vs New York Giants on Oct 23 at Twickenham Stadium. And the following Sunday, Cincinnati Bengals will host Washington Redskins at Wembley. The last match abroad will be played in Mexico between Oakland Raiders and Houston Texans on Nov 21.
Check the full list of Week 1 here.