In 2016, the NFL said that it had an annual start date of the 2017 season on January 3, but the league’s official calendar only shows the start of the regular season.
According to the NFL, the start date is “unofficially” the beginning of the NFL regular season on March 6, 2017, which means that the 2018 NFL season will be on January 2, 2019, just two weeks before the NFL’s regular season ends on January 6.
The league’s schedule also doesn’t show a “spring” game in 2019, nor do the schedule’s dates for 2020, 2021 and 2022.
The NFL also said that its calendar does not indicate the start or end of the 2018 season, so it could not be earlier than March 20, 2020.
In a statement to NBC Sports, the league said that the start and end dates are based on “fact-checking” and that “the NFL has always kept the regular-season and postseason dates as the same as they were on the calendar in 2016.”
The 2018 season will mark the first time that the league has scheduled a “regular-season” game outside of the Super Bowl, which was the last regular-game regular season game in the league.
In 2018, the Cowboys were playing in the Superbowl and not on a regular-year calendar, so the Cowboys played a regular season-long game against the Steelers in January, 2019.
In 2017, the New York Giants were playing on a different schedule than the Giants from the 2016 regular-seasons schedule.
The Giants were scheduled to play in the first regular-round game of the 2020 season in March, 2020, but they instead played a home playoff game against Atlanta on January 5, 2021.
The 2018 regular-quarterback schedule also lacks a spring game, with the team only scheduled to face a team that has won the NFC East title.