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Patriots to host Steelers to open up NFL season

The New England Patriots will begin the defense of their Super Bowl title by hosting the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sept. 10 in the Thursday night opener of the NFL's 2015 season.

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Teams helped, hurt most by schedules

The Steelers rank among the teams who are hurt most by difficult schedules in 2015, writes Scott Kacsmar of Football Outsiders. Meanwhile, an easy schedule could lead to a Jets rebound. Schedule analysis (Insider)

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Tuley: Best NFL win total bets

With the 2015 NFL schedule now out, Dave Tuley gives advice on the season win totals for all 32 teams, including his best bets. Hint, he likes the Steelers. Not so much on the Eagles. Best bets (Insider)

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Looking at late schedules

The Falcons and Panthers are tied for the easiest December/January schedule (.338 opponent win percentage). The Raiders have the toughest schedule in December/January (.638). Complete NFL schedule

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Bad Omen for Ravens

The Broncos host the Ravens in Week 1. The last time the two teams met was Week 1 of the 2013 season when Peyton Manning threw for 462 yards and 7 TD. Complete NFL schedule

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Notable game: Week 17

Patriots at Dolphins on January 3. The Patriots are 1-4 in Miami in December/January under Tom Brady & Bill Belichick. Defending champs' 2015 schedule

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Are you ready for some football?

Ya know, a Monday night party? Here's ESPN's slate of Monday Night Football games in 2015.



More players facing their former team: -Golden Tate returns to SEA WK 4 -Andre Johnson returns to HOU WK 5 -Dwayne Bowe returns to KC WK 16

Field Yates @FieldYates

Week 13 will be the first game - pro or college - Chip Kelly will coach in New England since departing UNH after 2006 season.

NFL Schedule Release Special is live

Tune in to SportsCenter and see when your team will play each game in 2015. Live on ESPN & WatchESPN

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If this is the year the Packers break their run of 1-2 starts, then they will either have to win a division road game or beat Seattle. Analysis

Colts D better start prepping now

Check out the Colts potential opposing quarterbacks between Weeks 6 and 9: Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Cam Newton and Peyton Manning. Colts 2015 schedule


Packers with the rare T-Day home game

This year's home game vs. the Bears will be their first home Thanksgiving game since November 29, 1923. The Packers won 19-0 over the Hammond Pros at Bellevue Park.