Below is our primer for the 2017 NFL season on both television and national radio. All information is subject to change, and if you see any corrections that need to be made, please let us know. As usual, a huge thank you to our friend Sammy for helping put this together.


NBC will broadcast 28 primetime NFL games, including:

  • Super Bowl LII from US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on February 4, 2018

  • 17 broadcasts of Sunday Night Football

  • Six simulcasts of Thursday Night Football with NFL Network, streaming on Amazon

  • Two special Thursday games, including the Kickoff Game and the Thanksgiving Classic

  • Three postseason games that include a Wild Card game, Divisional game, and the Super Bowl

Talent: Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth will return as the lead team for Sunday Night Football, along with Michele Tafoya as sideline reporter. Mike Tirico becomes the new lead play by play of Thursday Night Football with Collinsworth and second year sideline reporter Heather Cox.  Michaels, Collinsworth, Tafoya, and Cox are expected to work through the postseason leading up to the Super Bowl.

NBC’s Football Night in America pregame show airs before the SNF game, with Tirico returning as host from the game site. Bob Costas will substitute select games and will host the the Super Bowl pregame show (because Tirico will be in South Korea hosting the Olympics).  Dan Patrick, Tony Dungy, and Rodney Harrison report from the NBC Sports studio in Connecticut.  They are joined by insiders Mike Florio and Peter King.  Costas, Dungy, and Harrison will appear on the TNF pregame show on both NBC and NFL Network.

Flex Scheduling: At least two games may be flexed to SNF from Weeks 5-9, with the traditional flex scheduling beginning Week 10 through Week 15 (Christmas weekend is excluded). The final Sunday night game with the most direct impact to the playoffs will be announced six days before Week 17.

Football Night in America, NBC Sunday 7 pm – Mike Tirico or Bob Costas (on-site), Dan Patrick; Tony Dungy, Rodney Harrison; Insiders: Mike Florio, Peter King

Sunday Night Football, NBC 8:30 pm – Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth & Michele Tafoya

Sunday Night Football Schedule

Week 1, September 7: Chiefs at Patriots (NFL Kickoff)

Week 1, September 10: Giants at Cowboys

Week 2, September 17: Packers at Falcons

Week 3, September 24: Raiders at Redskins

Week 4, October 1: Colts at Seahawks

Week 5, October 8: Chiefs at Texans

Week 6, October 15: Giants at Broncos

Week 7, October 22: Falcons at Patriots

Week 8, October 29: Steelers at Lions

Week 9, November 5: Raiders at Dolphins

Week 10, November 12: Patriots at Broncos

Week 11, November 19: Eagles at Cowboys

Week 12, November 23: Giants at Redskins (Thanksgiving)

Week 12, November 26: Packers at Steelers

Week 13, December 3: Eagles at Seahawks

Week 14, December 10: Ravens at Steelers

Week 15, December 17: Cowboys at Raiders

Week 16, December 23 Vikings at Packers (Saturday)

Week 17, December 31: TBD (Flex)

Playoffs, January 6-7: NFL Wild Card Game

Playoffs, January 13-14: NFL Divisional Game

Playoffs, February 4: Super Bowl LII

Football Night In America, NBC|NFL|Amazon 7:30 pm – Costas, Dungy, Harrison

Thursday Night Football, NBC|NFL|Amazon 8:25 pm –  Tirico, Collinsworth & Cox

Thursday Night Football Schedule

Week 10, November 9: Seahawks at Cardinals

Week 11, November 16: Titans at Steelers

Week 13, November 30: Redskins at Cowboys

Week 14, December 7: Saints at Falcons

Week 15, December 14: Broncos at Colts

Week 16, December 25: Steelers at Texans (Christmas Day)

NBCSN NFL Programming

Pro Football Talk, Weekdays NBCSN 6 pm;

Fantasy Football Live, Tue – Thu, NBCSN 6:30 pm

NFL Turning Point, Wed NBCSN 11 pm


CBS Sports will broadcast AFC games and select NFC games in 2017, while also simulcasting five Thursday Night Football games with NFL Network and streaming on Amazon.  CBS will also broadcast four postseason games including the AFC Championship Game.

Talent: Former Dallas QB Tony Romo joins CBS as the lead game analyst, joining Jim Nantz and sideline reporter Tracy Wolfson for Thursday night and Sunday national games. Jay Feely will join them as a special teams analyst for select Thursday night broadcasts.  Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, and reporter Evan Washburn return as the B team with a select assignment of national games.

ESPN’s Beth Mowins joins CBS (working select games with Feely), making her the first woman to be a regular play by play commentator on NFL broadcasts. CBS have shuffled some of the middle tiers of their broadcast crews, as James Lofton joins CBS and teams with Andrew Catalon.  Adam Archuleta joins NFL coverage full time and teams with Spero Dedes.  Returning teams also include Greg Gumbel, Trent Green and Jamie Erdahl, and the duo of Kevin Harlan and Rich Gannon.

Phil Simms leaves the broadcast booth and joins The NFL Today with the returning cast of James Brown, Boomer Esiason, and Bill Cowher.  NFL Network’s Nate Burleson will also join the revamped studio show.

NFL on CBS Game Announcers

Sun/TNF – Jim Nantz, Tony Romo & Tracy Wolfson; Jay Feely select games

Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts & Evan Washburn

Greg Gumbel, Trent Green & Jamie Erdahl

Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon

Andrew Catalon, James Lofton

Spero Dedes,  Adam Archuleta

Tom McCarthy, Steve Tasker, Steve Beuerlein

Beth Mowins, Jay Feely

Regional reporters will be assigned select games for sideline duties

The NFL TODAY, CBS Noon – James Brown, Nate Burleson, Bill Cowher, Boomer Esiason, Phil Simms; Insider: Jason La Canfora

CBS National Games of the Week; CBS 4:25 pm

Week 3, September 27: Bengals at Packers

Week 4, October 1: Raiders at Broncos

Week 6, October 15: Steelers at Chiefs

Week 7, October 22: Seahawks at Giants

Week 9, November 5: Chiefs at Cowboys

Week 11, November 19: Patriots vs. Raiders (at Mexico City)

Week 12, November 23: Chargers at Cowboys (Thanksgiving)

Week 12, November 26: Raiders at Broncos

Week 15, December 17: Patriots at Steelers

Playoffs, January 6-7: AFC Wild Card Game

Playoffs, January 13-14: AFC Divisional Game (2 games)

Playoffs, January 21: AFC Championship

NFL Thursday Night Kickoff: CBS|NFLN 7:30 pm – Brown, Cowher, Deion Sanders

Thursday Night Football; CBS|NFLN|Amazon 8:25 pm – Nantz, Romo & Wolfson

Thursday Night Football Schedule

Week 4, September 28: Bears at Packers

Week 5, October 5: Patriots at Buccaneers

Week 6, October 12: Eagles at Panthers

Week 7, October 19: Chiefs at Raiders

Week 8, October 26: Dolphins at Ravens

Additional CBS/NFL Programming

That Other Pregame Show; Sunday, CBSSN 9 am

NFL Monday QB, Monday, CBSSN 6 pm

Inside the NFL, Tuesday, Showtime 10 pm


FOX Sports will broadcast NFC games and select AFC games in 2017.  They will also air three NFC playoff games, including the NFC Championship game.

Talent: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Erin Andrews will return as the lead broadcast team for the NFL on FOX.  Rules Analyst Mike Pereira will join the crew onsite for select games.  Charles Davis joins Kevin Burkhardt and Pam Oliver as the #2 broadcast team (Jay Cutler was originally set to be part of this crew, but signed with Miami in August). Mark Schlereth joins FOX as an NFL game analyst, pairing with Dick Stockton and Shannon Spake (coming over from college football).

Shuffling of the middle tier teams sees new pairings of Kenny Albert and Ronde Barber; Chris Myers and Daryl Johnston, and Thom Brenneman and Chris Spielman. Former NFL Officiating Vice President Dean Blandino also joins FOX as a rules analyst along with Pereira on game broadcasts.

FOX NFL Sunday returns intact with Terry Bradshaw and Curt Menefee co-hosting, along with analysts Howie Long, Michael Strahan, and Jimmy Johnson. NFL insider Jay Glazer and comedian Rob Riggle contribute to the broadcast.  Josh Norman returns as an active player/contributor on selects broadcasts. Tony Gonzalez and Michael Vick join FOX NFL Kickoff alongside Charissa Thompson, Colin Cowherd, and Dave Wannstedt.

NFL on FOX Game Announcers

Joe Buck, Troy Aikman & Erin Andrews

Kevin Burkhardt, Charles Davis & Pam Oliver

Kenny Albert, Ronde Barber & Kristina Pink

Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston & Laura Okmin

Dick Stockton, Mark Schlereth & Shannon Spake

Thom Brennaman, Chris Spielman & Peter Schrager

Sam Rosen, David Diehl & Jennifer Hale

FOX NFL SUNDAY, FOX Noon: Curt Menefee, Terry Bradshaw; Howie Long, Michael Strahan, Jimmy Johnson; Insider: Jay Glazer; Rules Analysts: Mike Pereira, Dean Blandino; Predictions: Rob Riggle; Contributor: Josh Norman

FOX NFL KICKOFF, FOX 11 am: Charissa Thompson, Colin Cowherd, Tony Gonzalez, Michael Vick, Dave Wannstedt; Cooper Manning

FOX National Games of the Week

Week 1, September 10: Seahawks at Packers

Week 2, September 17: Cowboys at Broncos

Week 5, October 8: Packers at Cowboys

Week 8, October 29: Redskins at Cowboys

Week 10, November 12: Cowboys at Falcons

Week 12, November 23: Vikings at Lions (Thanksgiving)

Week 13, December 3: Giants at Raiders

Week 14, December 10: Cowboys at Giants

Week 16, December 24: Seahawks at Cowboys

Playoffs, January 6-7: NFC Wild Card Game

Playoffs, January 13-14: NFC Divisional Game

Playoffs, January 21: NFC Championship


ESPN will air 19 NFL games, including 17 Monday Night Football games, through Week 16.  They will open the season with their traditional primetime doubleheader.  In January 2018, they will air one Wild Card game as well as the Pro Bowl, both simulcast on ABC.  Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden, and Lisa Salters return as the lead broadcast team. Beth Mowins will call the second half of the opening week doubleheader, becoming the first woman to call a regular season NFL game in 30 years.

Talent: Samantha Ponder is the new host of Sunday NFL Countdown, as it expands to three hours this season. She will joined by the returning cast of Randy Moss, Matt Hasselbeck, and Charles Woodson.  Former NFL coach Rex Ryan will also join the show, also teaming with Mowins on the second half of the MNF doubleheader.  Louis Riddick will also join the show as an NFL Insider, joining Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter.  Suzy Kolber returns as host of Monday Night Countdown with Steve Young, Hasselbeck, Moss and Woodson.


Sunday NFL Countdown, ESPN 10 am – Samantha Ponder, Matt Hasselbeck, Randy Moss, Rex Ryan, Charles Woodson; Insiders: Chris Mortensen, Louis Riddick, Adam Schefter

Contributors: Michelle Beisner-Buck, Wendi Nix, Gerry Austin; Frank Caliendo

On-Site Reporters: Josina Anderson, Jac Collinsworth, Jeff Darlington, Sal Paolantonio, Jim Trotter

Fantasy Football Now, ESPN2 11 am – Lisa Kerney, Matthew Berry, Tim Hasselbeck, Stephania Bell, Field Yates


Monday Night Countdown, Mon, ESPN 6 pm: Suzy Kolber, Steve Young, Hasselbeck, Randy Moss, Charles Woodson

Monday Night Football, Mon, ESPN 8:15 pm: Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden & Lisa Salters

ESPN NFL Programming

NFL Live, Weekdays ESPN 2:30 pm

The Fantasy Show, Weekdays ESPN2 5 pm

Monday Night Football; ESPN 8:30 pm

Week 1, September 11: Saints at Vikings

Week 1, September 11: Chargers at Broncos

Week 2, September 18: Lions at Giants

Week 3, September 25: Cowboys at Cardinals

Week 4, October 2: Redskins at Chiefs

Week 5, October 9: Vikings at Bears

Week 6, October 16: Colts at Titans

Week 7, October 23: Redskins at Eagles

Week 8, October 30: Broncos at Chiefs

Week 9, November 6: Lions at Packers

Week 10, November 13: Dolphins at Panthers

Week 11, November 20: Falcons at Seahawks

Week 12, November 27: Texans at Ravens

Week 13, December 4: Steelers at Bengals

Week 14, December 11: Patriots at Dolphins

Week 15, December 18: Falcons at Buccaneers

Week 16, December 25*: Raiders at Eagles

* Christmas Day

Playoffs, Jan 6-7: NFL Wild Card Game


NFL Network will air 18 national games, all produced by CBS or NBC.  The league network will simulcast 11 of those games on national TV, all streamed on Amazon.  All TNF games will be called by CBS’s new lead broadcast team of Jim Nantz and Tony Romo, or NBC’s team of Mike Tirico and Cris Collinsworth.

NFL Network’s GameDay talent will be led by host Rich Eisen for their Sunday pregame show, as well as the pre-show for TNF’s pregame show.  He will be joined by Marshall Faulk, Michael Irvin, Steve Mariucci, and Kurt Warner

NFL GameDay Schedule

GameDay Morning, 7 am

GameDay Morning, 9 am

GameDay Live, 1 pm

GameDay Highlights, 7:30 pm

GameDay Prime, 11:30 pm

NFL Fantasy Live: Cable/DirectTV 11:30 am

NFL RedZone: Cable/DirectTV 1 pm: Scott Hansen (Cable); Andrew Siciliano (DirectTV)


GameDay Morning

Main Show: Rich Eisen, Marshall Faulk, Michael Irvin, Steve Mariucci, Kurt Warner; Insider: Ian Rapoport; Analytics Expert: Cynthia Frelund

Early: Colleen Wolfe, Mike Garafalo, Michael Robinson, Steve Smith

Reporters: Tiffany Blackmon, Stacey Dales, Kim Jones, Aditi Kinkhabwala, Randy Moss, James Palmer, Jane Slater

GameDay Live: Rhett Lewis, Terrell Davis, Heath Evans, Patrick Claybon, Daniel Jeremiah, Bucky Brooks

GameDay Highlights: Cole Wright, Steve Mariucci

GD Prime: Deion Sanders, LaDainian Tomlinson, Chris Rose

Thursday Night Football

TNF Gameday; NFL Network 6 pm – Eisen, Faulk, Irvin, Mariucci; Melissa Stark

Thursday Night Kickoff; NFL Network 7:30 pm*

Thursday Night Football; NFL Network 8:25 pm*

* Select broadcasts simulcast on CBS or NBC and streamed on Amazon

CBS Broadcasts: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo & Tracy Wolfson

Pregame: James Brown, Bill Cowher, Deion Sanders

NBC Broadcasts: Mike Tirico, Cris Collinsworth & Heather Cox; Kurt Warner (select games)

Pregame: Bob Costas, Tony Dungy, Rodney Harrison

Thursday Night Football Schedule – Thursday 8:25 pm

Week 2, September 14: Texans at Bengals

Week 3, September 21: Rams at 49ers

Week 4, September 28: Bears at Packers (CBS|Amazon)

Week 5, October 5: Patriots at Buccaneers (CBS|Amazon)

Week 6, October 12: Eagles at Panthers (CBS|Amazon)

Week 7, October 19: Chiefs at Raiders (CBS|Amazon)

Week 8, October 26: Dolphins at Ravens (CBS|Amazon)

Week 8, October 29: Vikings vs Browns at London (Sun 9:30 am)

Week 9, November 2: Bills at Jets

Week 10, November 9: Seahawks at Cardinals (NBC|Amazon)

Week 11, November 16: Titans at Steelers (NBC|Amazon)

Week 13, November 30: Redskins at Cowboys (NBC|Amazon)

Week 14, December 7: Saints at Falcons (NBC|Amazon)

Week 15, December 14: Broncos at Colts (NBC|Amazon)

Week 15, December 16: Bears at Lions (Sat 4:30 pm)

Week 15, December 16: Chargers at Chiefs (Sat 8:25 pm)

Week 16, December 23: Colts at Ravens (Sat 4:30 pm)

Week 16, December 25*: Steelers at Texans (NBC|Amazon; Mon 4:30 pm)

* Christmas Day

Daily Programming- NFL Network Fall Schedule

Good Morning Football, Weekdays 7 am

NFL Up to the Minute, Tuesday-Wednesday, Friday 4 pm

NFL Fantasy Live, Weekdays 5 pm

NFL Total Access, Weekdays 6 or 7 pm (except Thursday)

National Radio

Westwood One Radio: Radio Broadcasts all NFL prime time games and weekly Sunday doubleheaders. Westwood One is the exclusive broadcaster for the entire NFL Playoffs, including Super Bowl LII.  Kevin Harlan teams with Boomer Esiason for Monday Night Football and the Super Bowl.


MNF: Kevin Harlan, Boomer Esiason or Kurt Warner

SNF: Kevin Kugler, Jason Taylor; TNF – Ian Eagle, Tony Boselli

Sunday Afternoon: Tom McCarthy, John Sadak, Brandon Gaudin, Ross Tucker, Mike Mayock

Studio: Scott Graham; Jim Gray (MNF only)

NFL on Westwood One Sunday Afternoon Radio Schedule

Week 1, September 10: Steelers at Browns, 1 pm; Seahawks at Packers, 4 pm

Week 2, September 17: Cardinals at Colts, 1 pm

Week 3, September 24: Ravens at Jaguars, 9 am; Texans at Patriots, 1 pm; Raiders at Redskins, 4 pm

Week 4, October 1: Saints at Dolphins, 9 am; Titans at Texas, 1 pm; Eagles at Chargers, 4 pm

ESPN Radio: Broadcast select Sunday afternoon games throughout the NFL season.

Talent: Marc Kestecher, Adam Amin; Chris Canty, Herm Edwards, Brock Huard, Shaun O’Hara, Bill Polian

NFL on ESPN Radio Schedule

Week 1, September 10: Eagles at Redskins, Noon; Colts at Rams 4 pm

Week 2, September 17: Vikings at Steelers, Noon; 49ers at Seahawks, 4 pm

Week 3, September 24: Dolphins at Jets, Noon; Seahawks at Titans, 4 pm

Week 4, October 1: Panthers at Patriots, Noon; Giants at Buccaneers 4 pm

Week 5, October 8: Chargers at Giants, Noon

Compass Media: Broadcast select games throughout the season.  They are the broadcast home of the Dallas Cowboys and Oakland Raiders.

Sports USA Radio: Broadcast select Sunday afternoon doubleheaders throughout the NFL season.

Once again, thanks to Sammy for all of his help in compiling this information.

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