NFL Schedule Leaks 2021: Rumors, latest news ahead of schedule release

With the 2021 NFL Schedule release nearing, what are the latest leaks, rumors, and news? Which team will face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to open the season, who will be playing in the International Series, and what teams will feature heavily in primetime this season? With all opponents for every team known, the season’s schedule is the final missing piece of the puzzle.

This page will be updated to reflect the latest we hear regarding the 2021 NFL schedule and any potential leaks. Be sure to check back to find out the latest we hear ahead of the schedule release. The current page has all AFC team leaks, while NFC teams are on the second page. 

Week 1 Schedule

As reported yesterday, the entire Week 1 schedule was released early this morning on CBS, FOX, ABC/ESPN, and NBC. Here is what the first week of NFL action will look like.

Season Opener | 8:20 PM ET

Dallas Cowboys at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Thursday Night Football)

Early Sunday Games | 1 PM ET

Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans
Pittsburgh Steelers at Buffalo Bills
New York Jets at Carolina Panthers
Arizona Cardinals at Tennessee Titans
Los Angeles Chargers at Washington Football Team
Minnesota Vikings at Cincinnati Bengals
San Francisco 49ers at Detroit Lions
Philadelphia Eagles at Atlanta Falcons
Seattle Seahawks at Indianapolis Colts

Late Window Sunday | 4:25 PM ET

Denver Broncos at New York Giants
Green Bay Packers at New Orleans Saints
Cleveland Browns at Kansas City Chiefs
Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots

Sunday Night Football | 8:20 PM ET

Chicago Bears at Los Angeles Rams

Monday Night Football | 8:15 PM ET

Baltimore Ravens at Las Vegas Raiders

Baltimore Ravens | Potential 2021 schedule leaks, rumors, and news

Eric Goodman of Mile High Sports reports that the Broncos will host the Ravens in Week 4 at 4:25 PM ET.

Buffalo Bills | Potential 2021 schedule leaks, rumors, and news

According to a report by Bills beat writer Ryan Talbot, Buffalo will not contest the opening game of the 2021 NFL season against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Talbot reported that the Bills will face the Buccaneers on December 12.

MySportsUpdate reports that the Chiefs will host the Bills in Week 5 on Sunday Night Football.

Sources tell Matthew Cannata that Buffalo will host the Miami Dolphins on Halloween in Week 8.

Per @MasterTes, Buffalo will go to the Bayou to take on the Saints on Thanksgiving.

Furthermore, per Matt Warren of SB Nation, the Bills will host the Patriots in Week 13 on Monday Night Football.

The Bills have been rumored to the following games:

Week 10: at Dolphins | 1 PM ET | CBS
Week 12: at Saints | 8:20 PM ET | NBC
Week 13: vs. Patriots | 8:15 PM ET | ESPN
Week 16: at Patriots | 1 PM ET | CBS
Week 18: vs. Dolphins | 1 PM ET | CBS

The Bills’ schedule via NYUpstate.com:

Week 1: vs. Steelers
Week 2: at Dolphins
Week 3: vs. Washington
Week 4: vs. Texans
Week 5: at Chiefs (Sunday Night Football)
Week 6: at Titans (Monday Night Football)
Week 7: BYE
Week 8: vs. Dolphins
Week 9: at Jacksonville
Week 10: at Jets
Week 11: vs. Colts
Week 12: at Saints (Thanksgiving night)
Week 13: vs. Patriots (MNF)
Week 14: at Buccaneers
Week 15: vs. Panthers
Week 16: at Patriots
Week 17: vs. Falcons
Week 18: vs. Jets

Cincinnati Bengals | Potential 2021 schedule leaks, rumors, and news

The Bengals will host the Chargers in Week 13, via Daniel Popper.

Jay Morrison of The Athletic has unofficially pieced together the following for the Bengals:

Week 2: at Bears
Week 3: at Steelers
Week 4: vs. Jaguars (TNF)
Week 8: at Jets
Week 9: vs. Browns
Week 10: at Raiders
Week 15: at Broncos
Week 16: vs. Steelers
Week 18: at Browns

Cleveland Browns | Potential 2021 schedule leaks, rumors, and news

Per Pro Football Talk, the Browns travel to Minnesota to take on Kevin Stefanski’s former club in a 1 PM ET Week 4 contest.

According to a report by Master Tesfatsion of Bleacher Report, the Cleveland Browns will play the Green Bay Packers in Week 16 on Christmas Day.

George Stoia III of the Denver Gazette confirms that the Broncos will travel to Cleveland to take on the Browns in Week 7.

The Browns have been rumored to the following games:

Week 9: at Bengals
Week 10: at Patriots | 1 PM ET | CBS
Week 18: vs. Bengals

Denver Broncos | Potential 2021 schedule leaks, rumors, and news

Per @FishSports, the Broncos will travel to Dallas to battle the Cowboys during a 1 PM ET contest Week 9.

Additionally, @FishSports reports that the Minnesota Vikings will host the Broncos for a Halloween night clash (NBC, 8 PM ET).

Per Andy Vasquez of USA Today, Denver will host the New York Jets Week 3.

Eric Goodman of Mile High Sports reports that the Broncos will host the Ravens in Week 4 at 4:25 PM ET.

George Stoia III of the Denver Gazette confirms that the Broncos will travel to Cleveland to
take on the Browns in Week 7. Stoia also reports that there is no Sunday Night or Monday Night football scheduled for the Broncos this season.

The Broncos are rumored to play at home versus the Bengals in Week 15.

Zac Stevens of DNVR Sports reports the following for the Broncos:

Week 2: at Jacksonville Jaguars (1 PM ET)
Week 3: vs. New York Jets
Week 6: vs. Las Vegas Raiders (4:25 PM ET)
Week 8: vs. Washington Football Team (4:25 PM ET)
Week 14: vs. Detroit Lions
Week 16: at Las Vegas Raiders (4:25 PM ET)

Houston Texans | Potential 2021 schedule leaks, rumors, and news

Joe Person from The Athletic is reporting that the Texans will host the Carolina Panthers for Thursday Night Football in Week 3.

The Texans have been rumored to the following games:

Week 4: at Bills
Week 5: vs. Patriots | 1 PM ET | CBS
Week 12: vs. Jets | 1 PM ET | CBS

Indianapolis Colts | Potential 2021 schedule leaks, rumors, and news

49ers Webzone is hearing a rumor that the Colts will travel to San Francisco in Week 7 (Sunday Night Football).

Master Tes of Bleacher Report is reporting that the Colts will play at Arizona in Week 16 (Christmas Day).

The Colts have been rumored to the following games:

Week 9: vs. Jets | 8:20 PM ET | NFLN/Amazon/FOX
Week 11: at Bills
Week 15: vs. New England Patriots (Flex)

Jacksonville Jaguars | Potential 2021 schedule leaks, rumors, and news

The Jaguars are rumored to play at the Bengals in Week 4 on Thursday Night Football.

John Shipley reports that the Jaguars will face the Dolphins Week 6 as part of the International Series.

The Jaguars have been rumored to the following games:

Week 9: vs. Bills
Week 16: at Jets | 1 PM ET | CBS
Week 17: at Patriots | 1 PM ET | CBS

Kansas City Chiefs | Potential 2021 schedule leaks, rumors, and news

MySportsUpdate reports that the Chiefs will host the Bills in Week 5 on Sunday Night Football.

The Chiefs have been rumored to host the Giants in Week 8.

According to Master Tes of Bleacher Report, the Chiefs will host the Packers in Week 9.

Las Vegas Raiders | Potential 2021 schedule leaks, rumors, and news

Per Andrew Fillipponi of 93.7 The Fan, the Steelers will host the Raiders in their home opener in Week 2.

According to Brad Biggs, Las Vegas and Jon Gruden will host the Bears and Khalil Mack Week 5 in the second matchup following the blockbuster trade in 2018.

The Raiders are rumored to play at home versus the Bengals in Week 10.

Per Adam Hill, best information on the Raiders’ schedule includes:

September 13 vs. Ravens (MNF)
October 10 vs. Bears
October 17 at Broncos
October 24 vs. Eagles
November 7 at Giants
November 25 at Cowboys (Thanksgiving)
December 26 vs. Broncos

J.P. Finlay of NBC Sports reports that the Washington Football Team will travel to Las Vegas to take on the Raiders in Week 13 (December 5).

Los Angeles Chargers | Potential 2021 schedule leaks, rumors, and news

The Chargers will host the Raiders on Monday Night Football in Week 4 (October 4), per source. AFC West showdown at SoFi Stadium in primetime.

The Bengals will host the Chargers in Week 13, via Daniel Popper.

The Chargers have been rumored to the following game(s):

Week 8: vs. Patriots | 4:05 PM ET | CBS
Week 14: vs. Giants

Gilbert Manzano of the O.C. Register reports that the Chargers’ home opener will be in Week 2 vs. the Cowboys.

Miami Dolphins | Potential 2021 schedule leaks, rumors, and news

John Shipley reports that the Dolphins will take on the Jaguars Week 6 as part of the International Series.

Sources tell Matthew Cannata that Buffalo will host the Miami Dolphins on Halloween in Week 8.

The Dolphins have been rumored to the following games:

Week 2: vs. Bills
Week 6: at Jaguars (London)
Week 8: at Bills
Week 11: at Jets | 1 PM ET | CBS
Week 13: vs. Giants
Week 15: vs. Jets | TBD
Week 16: at Saints | 8:15 PM ET | ESPN
Week 18: vs. Patriots | 1 PM ET | CBS

New England Patriots | Potential 2021 schedule leaks, rumors, and news

Per Matt Warren of SB Nation, the Patriots will visit the Bills in Week 13 on Monday Night Football.

The Patriots will host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday Night Football in Week 4, per @MasterTes.

Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports that the Saints will travel to take on the Patriots in Week 3 (September 26) at 1 PM ET.

Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports that this leaked Patriots schedule makes sense:

Week 1 (September 12) vs. Miami Dolphins (4:25 PM ET)
Week 2 (September 19) at New York Jets (1 PM ET)
Week 3 (September 26) vs. New Orleans Saints (1 PM ET)
Week 4 (October 3) vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8:20 PM ET)
Week 5 (October 10) at Houston Texans (1 PM ET)
Week 6 (October 17) vs. Dallas Cowboys (4:25 PM ET)
Week 7 (October 24) vs. New York Jets (1 PM ET)
Week 8 (October 31) at Los Angeles Chargers (4:05 PM ET)
Week 9 (November 7) at Carolina Panthers (1 PM ET)
Week 10 (November 14) vs. Cleveland Browns (1 PM ET)
Week 11 (TNF – November 18) at Atlanta Falcons (8:20 PM ET)
Week 12 (November 28) vs. Tennessee Titans (1 PM ET)
Week 13 (December 6) at Buffalo Bills (8:15 PM ET)
Week 14 — Bye
Week 15 (December 18 or 19) at Indianapolis Colts (Time TBD)
Week 16 (December 26) vs. Buffalo Bills (1 PM ET)
Week 17 (January 2) vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (1 PM ET)
Week 18 (January 9) at Miami Dolphins (1 PM ET)

New York Jets | Potential 2021 schedule leaks, rumors, and news

The Jets will face the Falcons in a Week 5 contest in the International Series.

Per Andy Vasquez of USA Today, the Jets will play at the Broncos in Week 3.

Per Dov Kleiman, the Jets’ schedule has been leaked:

Week 1: at Panthers | 1 PM ET | CBS
Week 2: vs. Patriots | 1 PM ET | CBS
Week 3: at Broncos | 4:25 PM ET | CBS
Week 4: vs. Titans | 1 PM ET | CBS
Week 5: at Falcons (London) | 9:30 AM ET | NFLN
Week 6: BYE
Week 7: at Patriots | 1 PM ET | CBS
Week 8: vs. Bengals | 1 PM ET | CBS
Week 9: at Colts | 8:20 PM ET | NFLN/Amazon/FOX
Week 10: vs. Bills | 1 PM ET | CBS
Week 11: vs. Dolphins | 1 PM ET | CBS
Week 12: at Texans | 1 PM ET | CBS
Week 13: vs. Eagles | 1 PM ET | CBS
Week 14: vs. Saints | 1 PM ET | FOX
Week 15: at Dolphins | TBD 
Week 16: vs. Jaguars | 1 PM ET | CBS
Week 17: vs. Buccaneers | 1 PM ET | FOX
Week 18: at Bills | 1 PM ET | CBS

Pittsburgh Steelers | Potential 2021 schedule leaks, rumors, and news

The Steelers have been rumored to play the Bengals at home in Week 3 and on the road in Week 16.

According to Danny Parkins of 670 the Score, the Chicago Bears will travel to Pittsburgh to play the Steelers on MNF in Week 9.

Per Andrew Fillipponi of 93.7 The Fan, the Steelers will host the Raiders in their home opener in Week 2.

Tennessee Titans | Potential 2021 schedule leaks, rumors, and news

The Titans have been rumored to the following games:

Week 4: at Jets | 1 PM ET | CBS
Week 6: vs. Bills (MNF)
Week 10: vs. Saints | 1 PM ET | CBS
Week 12: at Patriots | 1 PM ET | CBS

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