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2021 NFL Schedule: Team-by-team opponents for NFL season

As we see the introduction of a 17th game to the NFL schedule, who are the team-by-team opponents for each squad for the 2021 NFL season?

2021 NFL Schedule: Team-by-team opponents for NFL season
Sep 15, 2019; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Detail photo of "The Duke" Wilson NFL football before the game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the San Francisco 49ers at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

While the 2021 NFL schedule release is not unveiled until May, each team does know their opponents for the 2021 NFL season. Let’s go team-by-team to look at the full list of opponents for the 2021 NFL season.

2021 NFL Schedule: Team-by-team opponents for NFC

As part of the 2021 NFL schedule, all 16 NFC teams will play 8 home games and 9 road games.

Atlanta Falcons 2021 Opponents

Home: Panthers, Saints, Buccaneers, Washington, Eagles, Patriots, Jets, Lions

Away: Panthers, Saints, Buccaneers, Giants, Cowboys, Bills, Dolphins, 49ers, Jaguars

Arizona Cardinals 2021 Opponents

Home: Seahawks, Rams, 49ers, Packers, Vikings, Texans, Colts, Panthers

Away: Seahawks, Rams, 49ers, Lions, Bears, Jaguars, Titans, Cowboys, Browns

Carolina Panthers 2021 Opponents

Home: Falcons, Saints, Buccaneers, Washington, Eagles, Patriots, Jets, Vikings

Away: Falcons, Saints, Buccaneers, Giants, Cowboys, Bills, Dolphins, Cardinals, Texans

Chicago Bears 2021 Opponents

Home: Packers, Lions, Vikings, Cardinals, 49ers, Ravens, Bengals, Giants

Away: Packers, Lions, Vikings, Rams, Seahawks, Steelers, Browns, Buccaneers, Raiders

Dallas Cowboys 2021 Opponents

Home: Washington, Giants, Eagles, Falcons, Panthers, Raiders, Broncos, Cardinals

Away: Washington, Giants, Eagles, Saints, Buccaneers, Chiefs, Chargers, Vikings, Patriots

Detroit Lions 2021 Opponents

Home: Bears, Packers, Vikings, Cardinals, 49ers, Ravens, Bengals, Eagles

Away: Bears, Packers, Vikings, Rams, Seahawks, Steelers, Browns, Falcons, Broncos

Green Bay Packers 2021 Opponents

Home: Bears, Lions, Vikings, Rams, Seahawks, Browns, Steelers, Washington

Away: Bears, Lions, Vikings, Cardinals, 49ers, Ravens, Bengals, Saints, Chiefs

Los Angeles Rams 2021 Opponents

Home: Seahawks, 49ers, Cardinals, Bears, Lions, Jaguars, Titans, Buccaneers

Away: Seahawks, 49ers, Cardinals, Packers, Vikings, Texans, Colts, Giants, Ravens

Minnesota Vikings 2021 Opponents

Home: Bears, Lions, Packers, Rams, Seahawks, Steelers, Browns, Cowboys

Away: Bears, Lions, Packers, Cardinals, 49ers, Ravens, Bengals, Panthers, Chargers

New Orleans Saints 2021 Opponents

Home: Panthers, Falcons, Buccaneers, Cowboys, Giants, Dolphins, Bills, Packers

Away: Panthers, Falcons, Buccaneers, Eagles, Washington, Patriots, Jets, Seahawks, Titans

New York Giants 2021 Opponents

Home: Cowboys, Washington, Eagles, Falcons, Panthers, Raiders, Broncos, Rams

Away: Cowboys, Washington, Eagles, Buccaneers, Saints, Chiefs, Chargers, Bears, Dolphins

Philadelphia Eagles 2021 Opponents

Home: Cowboys, Giants, Washington, Saints, Buccaneers, Chiefs, Chargers, 49ers

Away: Cowboys, Giants, Washington, Falcons, Panthers, Raiders, Broncos, Lions, Jets

San Francisco 49ers 2021 Opponents

Home: Seahawks, Rams, Cardinals, Packers, Vikings, Texans, Colts, Falcons

Away: Seahawks, Rams, Cardinals, Lions, Bears, Jaguars, Titans, Eagles, Bengals

Seattle Seahawks 2021 Opponents

Home: 49ers, Rams, Cardinals, Bears, Lions, Jaguars, Titans, Saints

Away: 49ers, Rams, Cardinals, Packers, Vikings, Texans, Colts, Washington, Steelers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2021 Opponents

Home: Panthers, Saints, Falcons, Cowboys, Giants, Dolphins, Bills, Bears

Away: Panthers, Saints, Falcons, Eagles, Washington, Patriots, Jets, Rams, Colts

Washington Football Team 2021 Opponents

Home: Cowboys, Giants, Eagles, Saints, Buccaneers, Chiefs, Chargers, Seahawks

Away: Cowboys, Giants, Eagles, Falcons, Panthers, Raiders, Broncos, Packers, Bills

2021 NFL Schedule: Team-by-team opponents for AFC

As part of the 2021 NFL schedule, all 16 AFC teams will play 9 home games and 8 road games.

Baltimore Ravens 2021 Opponents

Home: Bengals, Browns, Steelers, Chiefs, Chargers, Packers, Vikings, Colts, Rams

Away: Bengals, Browns, Steelers, Raiders, Broncos, Lions, Bears, Dolphins

Buffalo Bills 2021 Opponents

Home: Dolphins, Patriots, Jets, Texans, Colts, Falcons, Panthers, Steelers, Washington

Away: Dolphins, Patriots, Jets, Jaguars, Titans, Saints, Buccaneers, Chiefs

Cincinnati Bengals 2021 Opponents

Home: Ravens, Browns, Steelers, Chiefs, Chargers, Packers, Vikings, Jaguars, 49ers

Away: Ravens, Browns, Steelers, Raiders, Broncos, Lions, Bears, Jets

Cleveland Browns 2021 Opponents

Home: Bengals, Ravens, Steelers, Raiders, Broncos, Lions, Bears, Texans, Cardinals

Away: Bengals, Ravens, Steelers, Chiefs, Chargers, Packers, Vikings, Patriots

Denver Broncos 2021 Opponents

Home: Chiefs, Raiders, Chargers, Ravens, Bengals, Eagles, Washington, Jets, Lions

Away: Chiefs, Raiders, Chargers, Steelers, Browns, Giants, Cowboys, Jaguars

Houston Texans 2021 Opponents

Home: Colts, Jaguars, Titans, Patriots, Jets, Rams, Seahawks, Jets, Panthers

Away: Colts, Jaguars, Titans, Bills, Dolphins, 49ers, Cardinals, Browns

Indianapolis Colts 2021 Opponents

Home: Jaguars, Titans, Texans, Patriots, Jets, Rams, Seahawks, Raiders, Buccaneers

Away: Jaguars, Titans, Texans, Bills, Dolphins, Cardinals, 49ers, Ravens

Jacksonville Jaguars 2021 Opponents

Home: Colts, Texans, Titans, Bills, Dolphins, Cardinals, 49ers, Broncos, Falcons

Away: Colts, Texans, Titans, Jets, Patriots, Rams, Seahawks, Bengals

Kansas City Chiefs 2021 Opponents

Home: Broncos, Raiders, Chargers, Steelers, Browns, Cowboys, Giants, Bills, Packers

Away: Broncos, Raiders, Chargers, Ravens, Bengals, Eagles, Washington, Titans

Las Vegas Raiders 2021 Opponents

Home: Chiefs, Broncos, Chargers, Ravens, Bengals, Eagles, Washington, Dolphins, Bears

Away: Chiefs, Broncos, Chargers, Steelers, Browns, Giants, Cowboys, Colts

Los Angeles Chargers 2021 Opponents

Home: Chiefs, Raiders, Broncos, Browns, Steelers, Cowboys, Giants, Patriots, Vikings

Away: Chiefs, Raiders, Broncos, Ravens, Bengals, Eagles, Washington, Texans

Miami Dolphins 2021 Opponents

Home: Bills, Jets, Patriots, Colts, Texans, Panthers, Falcons, Ravens, Giants

Away: Bills, Jets, Patriots, Jaguars, Titans, Buccaneers, Saints, Raiders

New England Patriots 2021 Opponents

Home: Bills, Jets, Dolphins, Jaguars, Titans, Buccaneers, Saints, Browns, Cowboys

Road: Bills, Jets, Dolphins, Colts, Texans, Falcons, Panthers, Chargers

New York Jets 2021 Opponents

Home: Bills, Dolphins, Patriots, Jaguars, Titans, Saints, Buccaneers, Bengals, Eagles

Away: Bills, Dolphins, Patriots, Texans, Colts, Falcons, Panthers, Broncos

Pittsburgh Steelers 2021 Opponents

Home: Bengals, Browns, Ravens, Broncos, Raiders, Bears, Lions, Titans, Seahawks

Away: Bengals, Browns, Ravens, Chiefs, Chargers, Packers, Vikings, Bills

Tennessee Titans 2021 Opponents

Home: Jaguars, Colts, Texans, Bills, Dolphins, Cardinals, 49ers, Chiefs, Saints

Away: Jaguars, Colts, Texans, Patriots, Jets, Rams, Seahawks, Steelers

Why is each team playing 17 games in 2021?

As part of the Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiated in 2020, the NFL and NFLPA agreed to the potential of extending the season to include 17 regular-season games. After the NFL owners primarily agreed to the change in December, it became official in March 2021.

The 17th game will see each team face one extra opponent from the opposite conference. The opponent was determined based on the finishing positions of each team within their division. Therefore, the team finishing first in the AFC East (Buffalo Bills) will face the team finishing first in the NFC East (Washington Football Team).

For the 2021 season, the rotation sees the AFC East face the NFC East, the AFC West face the NFC North, the AFC South face the NFC South, and the AFC North face the NFC West. The divisions will rotate each year, and the home game will flip between the AFC and NFC each year.

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