October Sports: Baseball Postseason, Football, and Hockey

Justin Turner
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PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 18: Los Angeles Dodgers Third base Justin Turner (10) watches his home run in the first inning during the game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies on September 18, 2017 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, PA.

Baseball’s postseason march to the Fall Classic begins, and the puck drops on a new NHL season:

MLB Postseason
The Chicago Cubs ended their 108-year championship drought last autumn. What other records might be toppled this October? The defending American League champs, the Cleveland Indians—who achieved an AL-record 22 consecutive wins during a stretch in August and September—could see their 68-season World Series title drought broken. Over the summer, Justin Turner and the L.A. Dodgers had the best 50-game stretch (43-7) since the 1912 New York Giants. But you can throw out the regular-season records come October, because the playoffs are an entirely new ball game. Wild-card games are on ESPN (AL) (Oct. 3, 8/7c) and TBS (National League) (Oct. 4, 8/7c). The best-of-three-game Division Series begins Oct. 5, 4/3c, FS1 or MLB Network (AL), and Oct. 6, 5/4c, TBS (NL). The best-of-seven AL Championship Series begins Oct. 13, 8/7c, Fox or FS1, with the NL Championship Series airing exclusively on TBS beginning Oct. 14, 8/7c.

MLB Playoffs 2017 Preview and TV ScheduleSee Also

MLB Playoffs 2017 Preview and TV Schedule

The 2017 MLB regular season ends Oct. 1, and the playoffs begin with wild-card games Oct. 3 on ESPN (AL) and Oct. 4 on TBS (NL).

NFL Football
Top NFL primetime matchups include the Washington Redskins at the Kansas City Chiefs (Oct. 2, 8:15/7:15c, ESPN), the New England Patriots at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Oct. 5, 8:25/7:25c, CBS & NFL Network) and the New York Giants at the Denver Broncos (Oct. 15, 8:30/7:30c, NBC).

2017 NFL TV Schedule: Patriots Host Chiefs in Season Opener on NBCSee Also

2017 NFL TV Schedule: Patriots Host Chiefs in Season Opener on NBC

The NFL released its 2017 schedule and the Super Bowl LI champion New England Patriots will open the season at home against the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday, Sept. 7, on NBC.

NHL Opening Night
The 2017–18 NHL regular-season opener (Oct. 4, NBCSN) features the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins hosting the St. Louis Blues (8/7c), followed by the Philadelphia Flyers at the San Jose Sharks (10:30/9:30c).

The PGA Tour visits Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa Valley, California, for the Safeway Open (Oct. 5–8, 5:30/4:30c, Golf Channel), the first of 49 FedExCup events in the 2017–18 season.

College Football
On the college gridiron, catch Louisville at N.C. State (Oct. 5, 8/7c, ESPN) and an Oct. 13 primetime doubleheader on ESPN with Clemson at Syracuse (7/6c) and Washington State at California (10:30/9:30c).

F1 Japanese Grand Prix
(late-night Oct. 7, 12:30am/11:30c, NBCSN) F1 drivers take on the 18-turn Suzuka International Racing Course for the Japanese Grand Prix.

NASCAR Playoffs
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs enter the Round of 12 with the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte (Oct. 8, 2/1c, NBC) and the Alabama 500 at Talladega (Oct. 15, 2/1c, NBC).

NASCAR 2017 Playoffs Drivers, Preview and TV Schedule on NBC SportsSee Also

NASCAR 2017 Playoffs Drivers, Preview and TV Schedule on NBC Sports

A look at the 16 drivers and the 10 races that make up the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs.

NBA Preseason
Before the NBA tips off for real, catch a preseason doubleheader Oct. 13 on TNT with the San Antonio Spurs at the Houston Rockets (8/7c) and the L.A. Lakers at the L.A. Clippers (10:30/9:30c).