Earlier today, we threw up the NFL’s Monday Night Football schedule, so to complete the primetime schedule on broadcast and cable (we’re still waiting NFL Network), here is NBC’s Sunday Night Football schedule. If you want to waste some time and have fun with the schedule, NFL.com has a pretty cool interactive look at the full slate by team, week, and primetime. All SNF start times are 8:20 ET with Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth calling the action. Flex games will start in Week 11, so this schedule is subject to change where there are asterisks and the Week 17 game will be decided after Week 16’s games are complete.
NFL Kickoff: New Orleans Saints at Green Bay Packers
Week 1: Dallas Cowboys at New York Jets
Week 2: Philadelphia Eagles at Atlanta Falcons
Week 3: Pittsburgh Steelers at Indianapolis Colts
Week 4: New York Jets at Baltimore Ravens
Week 5: Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons
Week 6: Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears
Week 7: Indianapolis Colts at New Orleans Saints
Week 8: Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles
Week 9: Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers
Week 10: New England Patriots at New York Jets
*Week 11: Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants
*Week 12: Pittsburgh Steelers at Kansas City Chiefs
*Week 13: Indianapolis Colts at New England Patriots
*Week 14: New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys
*Week 15: Baltimore Ravens at San Diego Chargers
Week 16: Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers
*Week 17: TBA
The SNF schedule is awesome. Currently, it looks much stronger than the Monday Night Football slate. The season begins with a fantastic Thursday night kickoff between the last two Super Bowl champs – New Orleans and Green Bay. Week 1 also features an emotional home game in the Meadowlands between Dallas and the Jets on the 10 year anniversary of 9/11. I can’t remember a better primetime slate to start the year – Weeks 1-10 are absolutely stacked. Mike Vick’s return to Atlanta, Peyton Manning going home to New Orleans, and Rex Ryan’s return to Baltimore are only a few of the compelling games. The only matchup in there that can be deemed average is Minny at Chicago, if the Vikes can’t rebound post-Favre. The huge divisional rivalry games are also here like Pats/Jets, Ravens/Steelers, and Cowboys/Eagles. Barring catastrophic collapses, expect the big NFC East games to remain in the flexed schedule, as well as Colts/Pats of course. Since Christmas occurs on a Sunday this year, Packers/Bears is the only game scheduled on December 25 and is not a flex game. All of Week 17’s games will take place on New Year’s Day. On paper, the Sunday Night games are outstanding, it gets an A.
Now for the bad news… your list of teams not on Monday or Sunday Night Football: Arizona, Buffalo, Carolina, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Houston, and Tennessee. Of those teams, at least Cleveland and Houston get a Thursday Night Football bone thrown their way.