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  • The more, the merrier, as they say.This year, the NFL is back with a bigger schedule than ever, with the league expanding the regular-season schedule to 17 games, pushing back the Super Bowl to the second week in February.The schedule change, which was unilaterally imposed by the league's owners, is the first time the regular-season schedule has been expanded since 1978. The league is keeping with its traditional 12-team playoff format, though, a year after expanding the playoffs to 14, letting two more teams in in an effort to recoup some lo ses from theGridiron fans looking to the next big event after the 2021 NFL Draft can look no further than the league's schedule release.Here's what we know:MORE: The league is set to announce the 2021 slate of games for every NFL teamon Wednesday, May 12.Get ready for the biggest season ever. The 2021 NFL Schedule powered by AWS will be released on May 12th.: NFL Schedule Release '21 presented by Verizon on Wednesday, May 12th at 8pm ET. NFL (@NFL) The new-look schedule is going have 17 games on the docket, with an extra game added to the schedule in accordance with the 2020 CBA. It's the first expansion of the NFL's regular-seasonschedule since 1978.NFL schedule release:Date: May 12Time: 8 p.m. ETTV: ESPN2 / FS1 / NFL NetworkSeveral networks will broadcast the schedule release, including ESPN2, FS1 and NFL Network. Each of those networks can also be streamed on . The Pittsburgh Steelers, coming off a 12-4season, have the most difficult schedule to navigate in 2021.In addition to playing a difficult AFCNorth, the Steelers have to tango with the Seahawks, Packers and Chiefs this year. The Seahawks were the 17th opponent added for the league's expanded schedule.HomeAwayBaltimore RavensBaltimore RavensCincinnati BengalsCincinnati BengalsCleveland BrownsCleveland BrownsChicago BearsBuffalo BillsDenver BroncosGreen Bay PackersDetroit LionsKansas City ChiefsLas Vegas RaidersLos Angeles ChargersSeattle SeahawksMinnesota VikingsTenne see Titans Fly, Eagles, fly:Nick Sirianni and the Philadelphia Eagles have the easiest schedule for 2021.Playing against a weak but improving NFC East, the Eagles also drawthe Lions, Broncos and Jets. They do have some difficult home games, with the 49ers and defending champion Bucs entering the building.HomeAwayDallas CowboysDallas CowboysNew York GiantsNew York GiantsWashington Football TeamWashington Football TeamKansas City ChiefsAtlanta FalconsLos Angeles ChargersCarolina PanthersNew Orleans SaintsDenver BroncosSan Francisco 49ersDetroit LionsTampa Bay BuccaneersLas Vegas RaidersNew York Jets The defending Super Bowl champs Buccaneers once again have a slightly easier path to walk heading into the 2021 NFL season: With the fourth easiest schedule in the league, Tom Brady and the Bucs could be angling for another Lombardi Trophy.RankTeamOpponents' 2020 win percentage1Pittsburgh Steelers.574 (155-115-2)2Baltimore Ravens.563 (152-118-2)3Chicago Bears.550 (149-122-1)4Green Bay Packers.542 (147-124-1)5Minnesota Vikings.531 (144-127-1)T6Cincinnati Bengals.529 (144-128)T6Detroit Lions.529 (143-127-2)8Las Vegas Raiders.526 (142-128-2)9Cleveland Browns.518 (140-130-2)10Los Angeles Rams.515 (140-132)T11Kansas City Chiefs.511 (138-132-2)T11Seattle Seahawks.511 (139-133)T13Tenne see Titans.507 (138-134)T13Arizona Cardinals.507 (138-134)T15Washington Football Team.504 (136-134-2)T15Houston Texans.504 (137-135)17Los Angeles Chargers.493 (133-137-2)18Jacksonville Jaguars.491 (133-138-1)T19San Francisco 49ers.489 (132-138-2)T19New York Jets.489 (132-138-2)T19New England Patriots.489 (133-139)22New Orleans Saints.483 (131-140-1)T23Buffalo Bills.478 (130-142)T23Indianapolis Colts.478 (130-142)T23New York Giants.474 (128-142-2)26Carolina Panthers.472 (128-143-1)T27Denver Broncos.471 (127-143-2)T27Miami Dolphins.471 (128-144)29Tampa Bay Buccaneers.465 (126-145-1)30Atlanta Falcons.454 (123-148-1)31Dallas Cowboys.452 (122-148-2)32Philadelphia Eagles.451 (115-140-1) While dates have yet to be set for each of the 32 teams' matchups, fans have a decent idea as to who is playing who come the 2021 season. The formula the NFL uses is as follows:Home and away against its three division opponents (Six games)The four teams from another division within its conference on a rotating three-year cycle (Four games)The four teams from a division in the other conference on a rotating four-year cycle (Four games)Two intraconference games based on the prior years standings (these games match a first-place team against the first-place teams in the two same-conference divisions the team is not scheduled to play that season) (Two games)One interconference game based on the prior year's standings on a rotating four-year cycle. These games match a first-place team from one division against a first-place team in an opposite conference division that the team is not scheduled to play that season. The second-place, third-place and fourth-place teams in each division are similarly paired. The home conference for this game will rotate each season.While the dates and times of these games are scheduled to be released on May 12, we already know the opponents for all 32 squads. Here's what we know:AFC East New England PatriotsHome:Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints, New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tenne see TitansAway:Atlanta Falcons, Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, Houston Texans, Los Angeles Chargers, Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins, New York JetsBuffalo BillsHome:Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Pittsburgh Steelers, Washington Football TeamAway:Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints , New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tenne see TitansNew York JetsHome:Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tenne see Titans, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cincinnati Bengals, Philadelphia EaglesAway:Atlanta Falcons, Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins, New England PatriotsMiami DolphinsHome:Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Baltimore Ravens, New York GiantsAway:Buffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars, New England Patriots, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, New York Jets, Las Vegas Raiders, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tenne see TitansAFC North Baltimore RavensHome:Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Pi