The 2023 NFL Schedule is finally here! On Thursday night, the NFL released its week-by-week schedule for the entire 2023 season – so plan accordingly as you prep for the fall/winter. “Who talks about football in May?” Me. I do. I love the NFL. And you do too. That’s why you’re here. We’re clinging to whatever football we have, whether that be the 2023 NFL Draft, NFL rookie mini-camps, dynasty fantasy football leagues, early fantasy football mock drafts, fantasy football best ball drafts – you name it. So you better BELIEVE we’re going to obsess over the 2023 NFL Schedule when that drops. The NFL schedule is even more important as you update fantasy football rankings, examine fantasy football ADP, or participate in fantasy football best ball drafts or dynasty rookie drafts. What we’ll do here is spin through and give our thoughts on the best NFL schedule matchups to know, the fantasy football bye weeks, NFL international games, the big NFL primetime matchups, the NFL Thanksgiving schedule and holiday games, and, of course, the fantasy football championship week (Week 17). 

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2023 NFL Schedule Release Best Matchups

WEEK 1: Buffalo Bills at New York Jets – Monday, 8:15 p.m. ET

Aaron Rodgers will make his debut for the Jets at home, in Gotham City, vs. Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills. This guy loves drama - how’s that for dramatic?

WEEK 5: Dallas Cowboys at San Francisco 49ers – Sunday, 8:20 p.m. ET

It’s an old-school rivalry and fans of both teams will be decked out in the timeless jerseys with their finest pair of jean shorts. Sunday Night Football at its finest. 

WEEK 11: Philadelphia Eagles at Kansas City Chiefs – Monday 8:15 p.m. ET

It’s not only the Super Bowl rematch but a rematch of one of the best Super Bowls in recent memory. What more needs to be said?

WEEK 11: Arizona Cardinals at Houston Texans – Sunday, 1 p.m. ET

Just kidding, this game is going to be terrible. 

WEEK 17: Cincinnati Bengals at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday 4:25 p.m. ET

You can basically pick any Chiefs game and put it in this list. The Chiefs vs. Aaron Rodgers and the New York Jets or the Chiefs vs. Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills will both be entertaining watches. But these games between the Bengals and Chiefs are electric, specifically because Cincinnati has actually won some. If everything goes according to plan, there will still be top-seed implications on the line and this will be a good one. And it will also be on New Year’s Eve – so get after it!


Best NFL Schedule Release Videos

Every NFL team is now getting in on the fun of releasing their own schedules via a funny or epic release video. Here are some of the best ones:

Denver Broncos

Los Angeles Chargers 

Tennessee Titans

Atlanta Falcons

2023 Fantasy Football Championship Week (Week 17)

Cincinnati Bengals at Kansas City Chiefs

We already mentioned this one above but it also falls squarely on championship week. As if drafting guys from these teams weren’t already appealing, the over/under for this game will no doubt be above 50. This is the kind of game that could win you a million dollars (or two million on Best Ball Mania) on Underdog. Use this link and Promo Code FANTASYALARM to get in on that - they will match 100% of your deposit up to $100!

Los Angeles Chargers at Denver Broncos

Do you believe Sean Payton and Joe Lombardi can turn these Broncos around? If you do, this could be a shootout with Kellen Moore now calling the plays for Justin Herbert and the gang. Both teams are loaded up on weapons and some new play-calling could make all the difference. 

Miami Dolphins at Baltimore Ravens

These might not be your father’s Ravens as Greg Roman is out and Todd Monken and his high-flying “Air Raid” offense are in. If Mike McDaniel can recapture the success the Dolphins had last season when everyone was healthy, this could be a barn burner. 


2023 NFL Bye Weeks for Fantasy Football

If you play fantasy football, you know how important managing bye weeks can be. Flash forward to the middle of the season, you're dealing with multiple injuries on your roster and are hitting the fantasy football waiver wire hard just to find replacements because of bye weeks. We've all been there. Some people don't care about bye weeks when doing fantasy football drafts or playing fantasy football best ball leagues. Either way, here are some bye weeks of the 2023 NFL season with some notable teams off. 

2023 NFL Schedule Thanksgiving, Black Friday & Christmas Games 

Thanksgiving Day

Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions

  • WEEK 12: Thanksgiving, November 23
  • LOCATION: Detroit
  • TIME: 12:30 p.m. ET

Washington Commanders at Dallas Cowboys

  • WEEK 12: Thanksgiving, November 23
  • LOCATION: Dallas
  • TIME: 4:30 p.m. ET

San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks

  • WEEK 12: Thanksgiving, November 23
  • LOCATION: Seattle
  • TIME: 8:20 p.m. ET

Black Friday

Miami Dolphins at New York Jets

  • WEEK 12: Black Friday, November 24
  • LOCATION: New York
  • TIME: 3:00 p.m. ET
  • CHANNEL: Amazon Prime

Christmas Day

Las Vegas Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs

  • WEEK 16: Christmas, Dec 25
  • LOCATION: Kansas City
  • TIME: 1:00 p.m. ET
  • CHANNEL: CBS, Nickelodeon

New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles

  • WEEK 16: Christmas, Dec 25
  • LOCATION: Philadelphia
  • TIME: 4:30 p.m. ET

Baltimore Ravens at San Francisco 49ers

  • WEEK 16: Christmas, Dec 25
  • LOCATION: San Francisco
  • TIME: 8:15 p.m. ET

I could not be more excited about a mid-day game for Black Friday. And to top it off, the friendly home delivery czar Jeff Bezos is making it free for everyone to watch via Amazon Prime. What an angel. Christmas has also basically just become Thanksgiving 2.0 for my family since we love food and football so I’m all for the three-game slate. I’m just not sure how the Nickelodeon Slime Time broadcast is going to top Patrick Star calling a live interception from Russell Wilson to former Seahawks defensive captain Bobby Wagner