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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Happy “NFL Schedule Release Day”, one of the best days on the offseason football calendar. By 8 p.m. ET we will have the road map we’ll all be traveling this fall.
So get those calendars and daily planners ready.
Tom Brady and the Patriots are expected to open the season on Thursday, Sept. 7 at home against the Chiefs. AP Photo/Darron Cummings
Football, in many ways, brings people together. I’ve seen it on most New England Patriots road trips in recent years, from the airport terminal, to the tailgate lot, and stadium itself.
Fathers and sons. Moms and daughters. Friends making the annual weekend getaway. Those returning home for the holidays and wondering if they might have a chance to catch a game with a close pal or family member.
It’s a connection, in part, that ESPN is capturing in its “We The Fans” series.
Though some might poke fun at the NFL for announcing that Thursday is the announcement of the schedule, that doesn’t happen here. The announcement of the announcement is most appreciated, as it basically helps us plan a fall revolved around football.
We’ll also ask the question, “Is a father-son trip possible?”
The early gameplan is to target New Orleans, but does the date work?
If Patriots-Saints ends up on a Thursday or Monday night, or closer to the holidays, an audible might have to be called. Those are tougher, as we learned in 2014 with a trip to Kansas City, which was an unforgettable Monday night experience for multiple reasons.
A quick story about that trip: The Patriots got crushed, Tom Brady was pulled in the fourth quarter, Arrowhead Stadium was rocking, and it was a game that was as bad as it gets for a New England fan. But