ELLSWORTH — The National Football League released its full 2017 schedule Thursday night, and the New England Patriots are set to open their title defense when they host the NFL Kickoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs at 8:30 p.m. Sept. 7 on NBC.The game marks the 14th consecutive year that the league’s Thursday night opener will involve the winner of the previous year’s Super Bowl. It marks the fourth time New England has hosted the game; the Patriots also did so in 2004, 2005, and 2015.Other games of interest include a Super Bowl LI rematch against the Atlanta Falcons on Oct. 22 and a brutal stretch between Week 10 and Week 15 that will see the Patriots will play five of six games away from Gillette Stadium.Below is the team’s full regular season schedule. Games are played on Sundays unless noted, and those after Week 5 are subject to be moved to different times and networks under the league’s flexible scheduling policy. All times are Eastern.Week 1: 8:30 p.m. Sept. 7, vs. Kansas City Chiefs (NBC, Thursday)Week 2: 1 p.m. Sept. 17, @ New Orleans Saints (CBS)Week 3: 1 p.m. Sept. 24, vs. Houston Texans (CBS)Week 4: 1 p.m. Oct. 1, vs. Carolina Panthers (FOX)Week 5: 8:25 p.m. Oct. 5, @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (CBS, Thursday)Week 6: 1 p.m. Oct. 15, @ New York Jets (CBS)Week 7: 8:30 p.m.Oct. 22, vs. Atlanta Falcons (NBC)Week 8: 1 p.m. Oct. 29, vs. Los Angeles Chargers (CBS)Week 9: BYE WEEKWeek 10: 8:30 p.m. Nov. 12, @ Denver Broncos (NBC)Week 11: 4:25 p.m. Nov. 19, @ Oakland Raiders (CBS)*Week 12: 1 p.m. Nov. 26, vs. Miami Dolphins (CBS)Week 13: 1 p.m. Dec. 3, @ Buffalo Bills (CBS)Week 14: 8:30 p.m. Dec. 11, @ Miami Dolphins (ESPN, Monday)Week 15: 4:25 p.m. Dec. 17, @ Pittsburgh Steelers (CBS)Week 16: Dec. 24, vs. Buffalo Bills (CBS)Week 17: Dec. 31, vs. New York Jets (CBS)This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text*Game played in Mexico City.