By CBSBoston.com Staff

BOSTON (CBS) — The NFL continues to push forward toward a 17-game regular season.

Mark Maske of The Washington Post reported Monday night that the league and team owners are working toward completion on the plan for implementing the 17-game season this year, with a reduction in the preseason from four games to three games.

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Maske noted that it’s not exactly certain that the 17-game season will be implemented this year, but the owners are “targeting” 2021 for the start of the new format.

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In terms of scheduling for individual teams, the added game is expected to be a matchup with a division from the other conference, based on the previous season’s finish in the division standings. Teams will alternate from having nine home games and eight home games each season.

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A final resolution is expected to be included when the league finishes negotiations on its new TV deals, a process which is ongoing but will reportedly be resolved by mid-March.

CBSBoston.com Staff