One of the NFL’s more hallowed days, the official day the upcoming season’s schedule is made public, is yet again a mystery.
Sources close to Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio told him earlier this week that the schedule would be released on Thursday, April 23. Now, it appears that date could be moved up a day or two.
“The schedule is and has been ready to go,” said Florio’s source on Saturday, but that it was subject to “beta testing” from a select group of team owners before being made final. Given the potential for adjustments to the schedule, it was initially expected that it would be released on Thursday, but now it appears that Tuesday, April 21 or Wednesday, April 22 are now the target dates.
Teams’ opponents for the 2015 season were set at the end of December. The schedule release simply sets the dates for those matchups.
Regardless of when the schedule is made public—via a lengthy NFL Network special, as it is every year—the home team for the season opener is well-known: The Super Bowl champion New England Patriots. On Thursday, September 10, the Patriots will host one of eight teams—the New York Jets, the Buffalo Bills, the Miami Dolphins, the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Philadelphia Eagles, the Tennessee Titans or Washington.
The Steelers seem like front-runners, given that they reached the postseason last year, have a wide-reaching fan base and would produce the best television ratings of any of the Patriots’ potential Week 1 opponents.
Either way, the 2015 NFL schedule will be released at some point in the upcoming week.
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