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Will the NFL have 17 games next season? Media deal paves way for expanded schedule in 2021

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 losses from the 

Gridiron 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: What NFL’s 17-game schedule means for regular season, playoffs, Super Bowl

NFL schedule release date 2021

The league is set to announce the 2021 slate of games for every NFL team on Wednesday, May 12. 

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-season schedule since 1978. 

Who has the toughest NFL schedule in 2021?

The Pittsburgh Steelers, coming off a 12-4 season, have the most difficult schedule to navigate in 2021. 

In addition to playing a difficult AFC North, 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.

Home Away
Baltimore Ravens Baltimore Ravens
Cincinnati Bengals Cincinnati Bengals
Cleveland Browns Cleveland Browns
Chicago Bears Buffalo Bills
Denver Broncos Green Bay Packers
Detroit Lions Kansas City Chiefs
Las Vegas Raiders Los Angeles Chargers
Seattle Seahawks Minnesota Vikings
Tennessee Titans

Who has the easiest NFL schedule in 2021?

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 draw the Lions, Broncos and Jets. They do have some difficult home games, with the 49ers and defending champion Bucs entering the building.

Home Away
Dallas Cowboys Dallas Cowboys
New York Giants New York Giants
Washington Football Team Washington Football Team
Kansas City Chiefs Atlanta Falcons
Los Angeles Chargers Carolina Panthers
New Orleans Saints Denver Broncos
San Francisco 49ers Detroit Lions
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Las Vegas Raiders
New York Jets

2021 NFL strength of schedule rankings

Fans pining for a different quarterback to hoist a Lombardi Trophy might not be happy with the rankings, with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers gifted the second-easiest schedule in the league come the 2021 season. 

Rank Team Opponents’ 2020 win percentage
1 Pittsburgh Steelers .563 (143-111-2)
2 Baltimore Ravens .559 (142-112-2)
3 Chicago Bears .553 (141-114-1)
4 Detroit Lions .543 (138-116-2)
5 Cincinnati Bengals .539 (138-118)
6 Minnesota Vikings .537 (137-118-1)
7 Las Vegas Raiders .527 (134-120-2)
8 Green Bay Packers .531 (133-122-1)
9 Cleveland Browns .520 (132-122-2)
10 Houston Texans .516 (132-124)
11 Jacksonville Jaguars .506 (129-126-1)
12 Los Angeles Rams .504 (129-127)
T13 San Francisco 49ers .502 (128-127-1)
T13 New York Jets .502 (128-127-1)
T15 Los Angeles Chargers .496 (126-128-2)
T15 Arizona Cardinals .496 (126-128-2)
T15 Seattle Seahawks .496 (126-128-2)
T15 New England Patriots .496 (126-128-2)
T19 Tennessee Titans .492 (126-130)
T19 Kansas City Chiefs .492 (126-130)
21 Carolina Panthers .486 (124-131-1)
22 Washington Football Team .484 (123-131-2)
T23 Buffalo Bills .480 (123-133)
T23 Denver Broncos .480 (123-133)
25 Atlanta Falcons .479 (122-133-1)
26 Miami Dolphins .477 (122-134)
27 New Orleans Saints .471 (120-135-1)
T28 New York Giants .465 (118-136-2)
T28 Indianapolis Colts .465 (119-137)
30 Dallas Cowboys .453 (115-139-2)
31 Tampa Bay Buccaneers .451 (115-140-1)
32 Philadelphia Eagles .449 (115-141)

2021 NFL schedule for all 32 teams

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:

  1. Home and away against its three division opponents (Six games)
  2. The four teams from another division within its conference on a rotating three-year cycle (Four games)
  3. The four teams from a division in the other conference on a rotating four-year cycle (Four games)
  4. Two intraconference games based on the prior year’s 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)
  5. 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 Patriots

  • Home: Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints, New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Away: Atlanta Falcons, Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, Houston Texans, Los Angeles Chargers, Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets

Buffalo Bills

  • Home: Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Pittsburgh Steelers, Washington Football Team
  • Away: Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans

New York Jets

  • Home: Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cincinnati Bengals, Philadelphia Eagles
  • Away: Atlanta Falcons, Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots

Miami Dolphins

  • Home: Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Baltimore Ravens, New York Giants
  • Away: Buffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars, New England Patriots, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, New York Jets, Las Vegas Raiders, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans

AFC North

Baltimore Ravens

  • Home: Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Indianapolis Colts, Los Angeles Rams
  • Away: Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, Miami Dolphins, Las Vegas Raiders, Pittsburgh Steelers

Pittsburgh Steelers

  • Home: Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos, Las Vegas Raiders, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Tennessee Titans, Seattle Seahawks
  • Away: Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota Vikings

Cleveland Browns

  • Home: Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Denver Broncos, Las Vegas Raiders, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Houston Texans, Arizona Cardinals
  • Away: Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers

Cincinnati Bengals

  • Home: Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Jacksonville Jaguars, San Francisco 49ers
  • Away: Baltimore Ravens, Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, New York Jets, Las Vegas Raiders, Pittsburgh Steelers

AFC South

Houston Texans

  • Home: Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Los Angeles Chargers, Carolina Panthers
  • Away: Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins, San Francisco 49ers, Tennessee Titans

Tennessee Titans

  • Home: Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Kansas City Chiefs, New Orleans Saints
  • Away: Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Los Angeles Rams, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks

Indianapolis Colts

  • Home: Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Las Vegas Raiders, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Away: Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills, Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins, San Francisco 49ers, Tennessee Titans

Jacksonville Jaguars

  • Home: Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Denver Broncos, Atlanta Falcons
  • Away: Cincinnati Bengals, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Los Angeles Rams, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans

AFC West

Kansas City Chiefs

  • Home: Denver Broncos, Los Angeles Chargers, Las Vegas Raiders, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Buffalo Bills, Green Bay Packers
  • Away: Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Denver Broncos, Los Angeles Chargers, Las Vegas Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles, Tennessee Titans, Washington Football Team

Denver Broncos

  • Home: Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Las Vegas Raiders, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Jets, Washington Football Team, Detroit Lions
  • Away: Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, New York Giants, Las Vegas Raiders, Pittsburgh Steelers

Las Vegas Raiders

  • Home: Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Philadelphia Eagles, Miami Dolphins, Washington Football Team, Chicago Bears
  • Away: Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, Indianapolis Colts, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, New York Giants, Pittsburgh Steelers

Los Angeles Chargers

  • Home: Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Las Vegas Raiders, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, New England Patriots, Minnesota Vikings
  • Away: Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Denver Broncos, Houston Texans, Kansas City Chiefs, Las Vegas Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Football Team

NFC East

Philadelphia Eagles

  • Home: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, San Francisco 49ers, Washington Football Team
  • Away: Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, New York Giants, Las Vegas Raiders, Washington Football Team, New York Jets

Dallas Cowboys

  • Home: New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos, Las Vegas Raiders, Arizona Cardinals, Washington Football Team
  • Away: Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Washington Football Team, New England Patriots

New York Giants

  • Home: Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos, Las Vegas Raiders, Los Angeles Rams, Washington Football Team
  • Away: Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Washington Football Team, Miami Dolphins

Washington Football Team

  • Home: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Seattle Seahawks
  • Away: Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers, New York Giants, Las Vegas Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles, Buffalo Bills

NFC North

Green Bay Packers

  • Home: Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers, New York Giants, Las Vegas Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles, Buffalo Bills
  • Away: Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints, San Francisco 49ers, Kansas City Chiefs

Minnesota Vikings

  • Home: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Dallas Cowboys
  • Away: Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, San Francisco 49ers, Los Angeles Chargers

Chicago Bears

  • Home: Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, New York Giants
  • Away: Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Los Angeles Rams, Minnesota Vikings, Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Las Vegas Raiders

Detroit Lions

  • Home: Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Philadelphia Eagles
  • Away: Atlanta Falcons, Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers, Los Angeles Rams, Minnesota Vikings, Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks, Denver Broncos

NFC South

New Orleans Saints

  • Home: Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, Green Bay Packers
  • Away: Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles, Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Washington Football Team, Tennessee Titans

Atlanta Falcons

  • Home: Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Philadelphia Eagles, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Detroit Lions, Washington Football Team
  • Away: Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints, New York Giants, San Francisco 49ers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jacksonville Jaguars

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Home: Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, Chicago Bears
  • Away: Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Los Angeles Rams, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Football Team, Indianapolis Colts

Carolina Panthers

  • Home: Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Philadelphia Eagles, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Minnesota Vikings, Washington Football Team
  • Away: Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Buffalo Bills, Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints, New York Giants, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Houston Texans

NFC West

San Francisco 49ers

  • Home: Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Atlanta Falcons
  • Away: Arizona Cardinals, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, Los Angeles Rams, Philadelphia Eagles, Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans, Cincinnati Bengals

Seattle Seahawks

  • Home: Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, New Orleans Saints
  • Away: Arizona Cardinals, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Los Angeles Rams, Minnesota Vikings, San Francisco 49ers, Washington Football Team, Pittsburgh Steelers

Los Angeles Rams

  • Home: Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Away: Arizona Cardinals, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Baltimore Ravens

Arizona Cardinals

  • Home: Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Carolina Panthers
  • Away: Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans, Cleveland Browns

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What channel is UFC 262 on tonight? How to watch, buy Oliveira vs. Chandler on pay-per-view

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Oliveira vs. Chandler purse, salaries: How much money will they make at UFC 262?

It’s strap season for Michael Chandler and Charles Oliveira.

After spending the majority of his career with Bellator MMA, the three-time lightweight champ has an opportunity to capture the vacant UFC lightweight championship on Saturday against Oliveira.

MORE: Sign up to watch the UFC 262 PPV, exclusively on ESPN+

Chandler has a hungry and ready opponent in the No. 3-ranked Oliveira: Looking for his first UFC title, the veteran enters this fight on an eight-fight win streak, his last bout a unanimous decision win over Tony Ferguson at UFC 256.

Here’s what you need to know about Saturday night’s UFC event.

What channel is UFC 262?

  • Early prelims: UFC Fight Pass
  • Prelims: ESPN/WatchESPN
  • Main card: ESPN+ (pay-per-view)

The main card of UFC 262 will air exclusively on ESPN+, with early prelims kicking off the show on UFC Fight Pass, moving to ESPN for the prelims.

As with all UFC PPVs and ESPN, the show will air exclusively on ESPN+ at a PPV cost.

What time does Charles Oliveira vs. Michael Chandler start?

  • Early prelims: 6 p.m. ET
  • Prelims: 8 p.m. ET
  • Main card: 10 p.m. ET

The early prelims and preliminaries are expected to start at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. ET, respectively. The main card starts at 10 p.m. ET. Oliveira and Chandler are expected to make their ring walks around midnight. 

How much does UFC 262 cost on PPV?

  • Date: Saturday, May 15
  • Network: ESPN+

The main card will be broadcast exclusively on ESPN+, meaning you need an ESPN+ subscription to catch the fight. On top of the subscription, there is a price for the event:

  • For current yearly subscribers, the price is $69.99 on the ESPN+ app.
  • Current monthly subscribers can get UFC 262 and an upgraded bundle at a discounted rate of $84.99. They can also purchase the event itself for $69.99.
  • New subscribers will be able to pick up a yearly recurring subscription and the PPV for $89.98, which is a savings of more than 30 percent.

Click here to learn about the different pricing and bundling options with the ESPN+ platform.

UFC 262 fight card

Early prelims

  • Gina Mazany vs. Priscila Cachoeira, women’s flyweights
  • Kevin Aguilar vs. Tucker Lutz, featherweights
  • Christos Giagos vs. Sean Soriano, lightweights

Prelims

  • ​Lando Vannata vs. Mike Grundy, featherweights
  • Andrea Lee vs. Antonina Shevchenko, women’s flyweights
  • Jordan Wright vs. Jamie Pickett, middleweight
  • Ronaldo Souza vs. André Muniz, middleweights

Main card

  • Charles Oliveira vs. Michael Chandler for vacant UFC lightweight championship
  • Matt Schnell vs. Rogério Bontorin, bantamweights
  • Tony Ferguson vs. Beneil Dariush, lightweights
  • Katlyn Chookagian vs. Viviane Araújo, women’s flyweights
  • Shane Burgos vs. Edson Barboza, featherweights

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Khabib Nurmagomedov’s retirement from UFC has left a massive void in the UFC’s lightweight division — one that Charles Oliveira and Michael Chandler will seek to fill on Saturday.

The division’s Nos. 3- and 4-ranked fighters, respectively, will face off at the Toyota Center in Houston to become just the third non-interim lightweight champion since Conor McGregor took it from Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 in 2016.

Both Oliveira (30-8-1, eight KOs) and Chandler (22-5, 10 KOs) are coming off multiple wins, setting up a new era-establishing fight for the lightweight division. Will Oliveira earn the belt 11 years after first fighting under the UFC banner? Or will Chandler, fighting for only the second time under UFC since transferring from Bellator, take it?

We can’t wait to find out. With that, here’s everything you need to know to watch UFC 262, including the expected start time for the main event.

MORE: Sign up to watch the UFC 262 PPV, exclusively on ESPN+

What time does UFC 262 start today?

  • Early prelims: 6:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 p.m. PT
  • Prelims: 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT
  • PPV main card: 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT
  • Oliveira vs. Chandler: 12:15 a.m. ET (approx.) / 9:15 p.m. PT (approx.)

The main card for UFC 262 is projected to start at 10 p.m. ET. Depending on how long the four prior fights on the card last, Oliveira and Chandler will make their ring walks at roughly 12:15 a.m. ET.

What channel is UFC 262 on?

The early preliminaries and first half of the prelims will stream on ESPN+; the second half of the preliminaries will move to ESPN. After that, the main card can only be watched via PPV on ESPN+.

Click here to learn more about ESPN+ pricing and bundling options.

UFC 262 card

Main card

  • Charles Oliveira vs. Michael Chandler (lightweight championship)
  • Tony Ferguson vs. Beneil Dariush (lightweight)
  • Katlyn Chookagian vs. Viviane Araujo (women’s flyweight)
  • Shane Burgos vs. Edson Barboza (featherweight)
  • Matt Schnell vs. Rogerio Bontorin (bantamweight)

Prelims

  • Jacare Souza vs. Andre Muniz (middleweight)
  • Lando Vannata vs. Mike Grundy (featherweight)
  • Andrea Lee vs. Antonina Shevchenko (women’s flyweight)
  • Jordan Wright vs. Jamie Pickett (middleweight)

Early prelims

  • Gina Mazany vs. Priscila Cachoeira (women’s flyweight)
  • Kevin Aguilar vs. Tucker Lutz (featherweight)
  • Christos Giacos vs. Sean Soriano (flyweight)

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What time is the Preakness today? Post time, TV channel, horses & more to watch 2021 race

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The second jewel of the Triple Crown is up for grabs on Saturday.

The 2021 Preakness Stakes, which will run at the Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, will help determine whether Medina Spirit can become the first horse since Justify in 2018 to win the Triple Crown. Even if the horse does win Saturday’s race, however, that lofty accomplishment might not be guaranteed.

LIVE: Follow for updates from the 2021 Preakness Stakes

That’s because Medina Spirit returned a test positive for 21 picograms of betamethasone after its win at the 2021 Kentucky Derby. Pimlico decided to let the horse race on Saturday but, if a second test confirms the first, then Churchill Downs will invalidate Medina Spirit’s Derby win and grant runner-up Mandaloun the retroactive victory. The retesting results aren’t expected for several weeks.

Mandaloun is not part of Saturday’s race at the Preakness Stakes.

Just another tantalizing tidbit for bettors and sports fans alike ahead of Saturday’s race, which will include 10 horses and jockeys — including prohibitive morning-line favorite Medina Spirit (9/5 odds).

With that, here’s everything you need to know about the 2021 Preakness Stakes, including the post time and how to watch the event.

MORE: Watch the Preakness Stakes live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)

What time is the Preakness Stakes today?

  • Date: Saturday, May 15
  • Post time: 6:50 p.m. ET
  • TV coverage: NBC

NBC Sports will cover the Preakness Stakes starting at 2 p.m. ET and transfer coverage to NBC at 5 p.m. The race has a scheduled post time of 6:50 p.m. ET at the Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.

What channel is the Preakness Stakes on?

NBC has full broadcast rights for each of the Triple Crown races, including the Preakness Stakes. Viewers can also stream the race on NBC via fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial.

PREAKNESS STAKES: Full draw and odds for 2021 race

Preakness Stakes horses 2021

Post position Horse Odds
1 Ram 30/1
2 Keepmeinmind 15/1
3 Medina Spirit 9/5
4 Crowded Trade 10/1
5 Midnight Bourbon 5/1
6 Rombauer 12/1
7 France Go De Ina 20/1
8 Unbridled Honor 15/1
9 Risk Taking 15/1
10 Concert Tour 5/2

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