The NFL released the 2017 schedule on Thursday and it comes as no surprise that the reigning Super Bowl champion New England Patriots will be hosting the Kansas City Chiefs at Gillette Stadium in the league’s first regular season game. The game will take place on Thursday, Sept. 7 at 8:25 p.m. ET.

Five out of New England’s first eight games will take place at Gillette and that includes a Super Bowl LI rematch against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 7. New England will have a bye in Week 9 for the sixth season in a row and play in five games on national television.

Those include their home opener against the Chiefs, Week 5 matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Week 7 Super Bowl rematch against Atlanta, Week 10 matchup against the Denver Broncos, and Week 14 matchup against the Miami Dolphins.

The 2017 NFL schedule also confirmed New England will be playing against the Oakland Raiders at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City on Sunday, November 19 at 4:25 p.m. This won’t be the franchise’s first trip to Azteca Stadium. The 1998 team traveled to Mexico City to take on the Dallas Cowboys in a preseason game.

Bill Belichick and Co. will travel to MetLife Stadium in Week 6 to compete in their first AFC East matchup against the New York Jets. The rest of their divisional matchups will come later in the season, including the Dolphins in Weeks 12 and 14, Buffalo Bills in Week 13 and 16, and a season-finale against the Jets at Gillette in Week 17.

Stay tuned to End Zone Score for more on New England’s offseason.

Justin Caba is a staff writer covering the New York Jets and other AFC East news for Contact him via email at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter: @JustinCaba40

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