2019 NFL Schedule: Key Games, Matchups, Dates


The schedule for the 2019 NFL season was set to be released Wednesday night, but some of the games and dates started to emerge earlier in the day.

Here is an overview of what we found out about the schedule in the hours before the official reveal:

Opening night

The Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears, the league's two oldest teams, will open the season on Thursday night, Sept. 5, as part of the NFL's 100th anniversary celebration.

New England Patriots

The Patriots open the season by hosting the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday Night Football. The Patriots have four additional primetime games: Oct. 10 vs. New York Giants (Thursday), Oct. 21 at New York Jets (MNF), Nov. 3 at Baltimore Ravens, Dec. 1 at Houston Texans. 

The full schedule, courtesy of reports from Jeff Howe and Nick Underhill of The Athletic: 

Week 1: vs. Steelers (Sunday Night Football)

Week 2: at Dolphins

Week 3: vs. Jets

Week 4: at Bills 

Week 5: at Redskins 

Week 6: vs. Giants (Thursday Night Football)

Week 7: at Jets (Monday Night Football)

Week 8: vs. Browns (4:25)

Week 9: at Ravens (Sunday Night Football)

Week 10: BYE

Week 11: at Eagles (4:25) 

Week 12: vs. Cowboys (4:25)

Week 13: at Texans (Sunday Night Football)

Week 14: vs. Chiefs (4:25) 

Week 15: at Bengals 

Week 16: vs. Bills (could be Saturday) 

Week 17: vs. Dolphins

Cleveland Browns

The Browns travel to the Jets for Monday Night Football in Week 2, face the Patriots in Week 8, meet the Bills in Week 10, and get a visit from the Dolphins in Week 12, accoring to reports.

New York Jets

The Jets open against the Bills, have one of their two meetings against the Patriots in primetime, face the Giants in Week 10 and have a reunion game for new running back Le’Veon Bell against the Steelers in Week 16.

Week 1: vs. Buffalo

Week 2: vs. Cleveland (Monday night)

Week 3: at New England

Week 4: Bye

Week 5: at Philadelphia

Week 6: vs. Dallas

Week 7: vs. New England (Monday night)

Week 8: at Jacksonville

Week 9: at Miami 

Week 10: vs. Giants

Week 11: at Washington

Week 12: vs. Oakland

Week 13: at Cincinnati 

Week 14: vs. Miami

Week 15: at Baltimore (Thursday night)

Week 16: vs. Pittsburgh

Week 17: at Buffalo

Buffalo Bills

The Bills stay close to home with Jets-Giants-Bengals-Patriots in the first four weeks.

New York Giants

The Giants open their season on Sept. 8 at Dallas, the fifth time in the past seven years the Giants and Cowboys will meet in Week 1.

Here's a look at the complete slate:

Week 1: at Dallas, 4:25 p.m.

Week 2: vs. Buffalo, 1 p.m.

Week 3: at Tampa Bay, 4:05 p.m.

Week 4: vs. Washington, 1 p.m.

Week 5: vs. Minnesota, 1 p.m.

Week 6: at New England (Thursday night)

Week 7: vs. Arizona, 1 p.m.

Week 8: at Detroit, 1 p.m.

Week 9: vs. Dallas (Monday night)

Week 10: at Jets, 1 p.m.

Week 11: Bye

Week 12: at Chicago, 1 p.m.

Week 13: Green Bay, 1 p.m.

Week 14: at Philadelphia (Monday night)

Week 15: vs. Miami, 1 p.m.

Week 16: at Washington, 1 p.m.

Week 17: vs. Philadelphia, 1 p.m.

Dallas Cowboys

A few games are penciled in for the Cowboys.

Week 1: vs. Giants

Week 4: at Saints (Sunday night)

Week 6: at Jets

Week 9: at Giants (Monday Night)

Week 12: at New England

Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles are likely to face the Minnesota Vikings on Thanksgiving Day, according to Sports Business Journal. Several other Eagles games have leaked:

Week 1: vs. Redskins

Week 2: at Falcons (Sunday night)

Week 5: vs. Jets

Week 11: vs. Patriots

Week 14: vs. Giants (Monday night) 

Week 17: at Giants

Washington Redskins

According to reports, the Redskins will play at the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 1, vs. the Patriots in Week 5, vs. the Jets in Week 11.

New Orleans Saints

The Saints will open the season hosting the Houston Texans on Monday Night Football, then will travel to Los Angeles for an NFC Championship rematch against the Rams in Week 2. The NFL also appears to be sending the Saints to Atlanta for a Thanksgiving night game with the Falcons.

Chicago Bears

Week 1: vs. Packers (Thursday night)

Week 2: at Broncos

Week 3: at Redskins

Week 4: vs. Vikings

Week 5: vs. Raiders (in London)

Week 6: Bye

Week 7: vs. Saints at Bears

Week 8: vs. Chargers at Bears

Week 9: at Eagles

Week 10: vs. Lions at Bears

Week 11: at Rams (Sunday night)

Week 12: vs. Giants at Bears

Week 13: at Lions (Thanksgiving Day)

Week 14: vs. Cowboys (Thursday night)

Week 15: at Packers

Week 16: vs. Chiefs (Sunday night)

Week 17: at Vikings

International games

The NFL released the schedule for four games in England and one in Mexico:

Week 5, Sunday, Oct. 6 (Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London): Chicago Bears at Oakland Raiders

Week 6, Sunday, Oct. 13 (Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London): Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Week 8, Sunday, Oct. 27 (Wembley Stadium, London): Cincinnati Bengals at Los Angeles Rams

Week 9, Sunday, Nov. 3 (Wembley Stadium, London): Houston Texans at Jacksonville Jaguars

Week 10, Monday, Nov. 11 (Estadio Azteca, Mexico City): Kansas City Chiefs at Los Angeles Chargers