Below is our primer for the 2016 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. Football is back, and the sun is shining just a bit brighter today.


-FOX Sports will be the broadcast home of Super Bowl LI from Houston on February 2017. Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and sideline reporter Erin Andrews will return as the lead broadcast team and will be assigned SBLI.

-In addition, FOX will air four NFC playoff games, including the NFC Championship game.

-FOX will have regular season coverage of the NFC with some games swapped from CBS to enhance television distribution coverage for select weeks.

Talent: FOX NFL pregame show returns two national shows beginning with FOX NFL Kickoff followed by FOX NFL Sunday. The main show returns co-hosts Terry Bradshaw and Curt Menefee, along with analysts Howie Long, Michael Strahan, and Jimmy Johnson. NFL insider Jay Glazer, Rob Riggle and Mike Pereira will contribute to the pregame, with Pereira assisting on game broadcasts for rules analysis. New additions include Washington cornerback Josh Norman contributing to the pregame show during select Washington games airing on FOX.

Chris Spielman joins as a game analyst with Dick Stockton. Newly retired Charles Tillman joins the FOX NFL Kickoff morning show. Peter Schrager is promoted as a weekly sideline reporter and newly hired CFB reporter Shannon Spake will work select games.

NFL on FOX Game Announcers

Lead Sunday – Joe Buck, Troy Aikman; Reporter: Erin Andrews

Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch; Reporter: Pam Oliver

Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston; Reporter: Laura Okmin

Thom Brennaman, Charles Davis; Reporter: Peter Schrager (Spielman joins for select games)

Chris Myers, Ronde Barber; Reporter: Jennifer Hale

Dick Stockton, Chris Spielman; Reporter: Kristina Pink

Sam Rosen, David Diehl

Select Reporters: Holly Sonders, Danielle Trotta, Shannon Spake

Select Analysts: Matt Millen, Brady Quinn

FOX NFL Kickoff, FOX 11 am

Talent – Charissa Thompson, Colin Cowherd, Charles Tillman, Dave Wannstedt

FOX NFL Sunday, FOX Noon

Curt Menefee, Terry Bradshaw; Howie Long, Michael Strahan, Jimmy Johnson; Insider: Jay Glazer; Rules Analyst: Mike Pereira; Predictions: Rob Riggle; Josh Norman (select games)

FOX National Games of the Week

Week 1: N.Y. Giants at Dallas, 4:25 p.m.
Week 4: Dallas at San Francisco, 4:25 p.m.
Week 6: Dallas at Green Bay, 4:25 p.m.
Week 8: Washington at Cincinnati in London 9:30 a.m.; Arizona at Carolina, 4:25 p.m.
Week 10: Dallas at Pittsburgh, 4:25 p.m.
Week 12: Washington at Dallas, 4:30 p.m. (Thanksgiving)
Week 13: N.Y. Giants at Pittsburgh, 4:25 p.m.
Week 14: Seattle at Green Bay, 4:25 p.m.
Week 16: Arizona at Seattle, 4:25 p.m. (Sat, Christmas Eve)

CBS Sports

-CBS Sports will broadcast regular season coverage of AFC games, as well as produce and broadcast the first half of the league’s scheduled Thursday Night Football package. Their schedule includes five national simulcasts with NFL Network, including games streamed online on Twitter.

-CBS will also broadcast select NFC contests, and will air some NFC games from FOX to enhance television distribution coverage for select weeks.

-CBS will also broadcast three postseason games, including the AFC Championship Game.

Talent: Jim Nantz, Phil Simms and sideline reporter Tracy Wolfson will return as the lead broadcast team for Thursday night and most Sunday national games. Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts and reporter Evan Washburn return as the B team with a select assignment of national games.

The NFL Today returns with host James Brown along with Boomer Esiason, Bill Cowher, Tony Gonzalez and Bart Scott. Jason La Canfora returns as the show’s NFL Insider.

The NFL on CBS will implement their new logo and graphics package they introduce on their Super Bowl 50 broadcast in February.

NFL on CBS Game Announcers

TNF/Lead Sunday – Jim Nantz, Phil Simms; Reporter: Tracy Wolfson

Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts; Reporter: Evan Washburn

Greg Gumbel, Trent Green; Reporter: Jamie Erdahl

Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon

Spero Dedes, Solomon Wilcots

Andrew Catalon, Steve Beuerlein, Steve Tasker

Select: Tom McCarthy, Adam Archuleta; Carter Blackburn, Chris Simms; Brad Nessler, Dana Jacobson

The NFL Today, CBS Noon

James Brown; Bill Cowher, Boomer Esiason, Tony Gonzalez, Bart Scott; Insider: Jason La Canfora

Other Programming

TOPS; Sunday, CBSSN 9 am
NFL Monday QB, Monday, CBSSN 6 pm
Inside the NFL, Tuesday, Showtime 10 pm
NFL Thursday Night Kickoff: CBS|NFLN 7:30 pm
Thursday Night Football; CBS|NFLN 8:25 pm – Nantz, Simms & Wolfson

CBS National Games of the Week

Week 2: Indianapolis at Denver, 4:25 p.m.
Week 3: Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, 4:25 p.m.
Week 4: Indianapolis at Jacksonville in London 9:30 a.m.
Week 5: Cincinnati at Dallas, 4:25 p.m.
Week 7: New England at Pittsburgh, 4:25 p.m.
Week 9: Indianapolis at Green Bay, 4:25 p.m.
Week 11: Philadelphia at Seattle, 4:25 p.m.
Week 12: Minnesota at Detroit, 12:30 p.m. (Thanksgiving); Carolina at Oakland, 4:25 p.m.
Week 15: New England at Denver, 4:25 p.m.

Thursday Night Football Schedule CBS|NFLN 8:25 pm

Thu, Sep. 15: NY Jets at Buffalo, CBS|NFLN
Thu, Sep. 22: Houston at New England, CBS|NFLN
Thu, Oct. 6: Arizona at San Francisco, CBS|NFLN
Thu, Oct. 13: Denver at San Diego, CBS|NFLN
Thu, Oct. 20: Chicago at Green Bay, CBS|NFLN

NBC Sports

-NBC will air 24 national primetime games, including 17 Sunday Night Football, five national simulcasts of Thursday Night Football and two special Thursday games (Kickoff game and Thanksgiving night).

-NBC will produce and broadcast Thursday Night Football in the second half of the season, with five national simulcasts on NFL Network, including games streamed online on Twitter.

-They will air two playoff games in January, a Wild Card and a Divisional game.

Talent: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth will lead both Sunday night and Thursday night broadcasts. Sideline reporter Michele Tafoya will once again man the sidelines for SNF, while Heather Cox joins NBC to work on TNF.

Pregame: NBC’s Football Night in America pregame show airs on primetime with Mike Tirico as the new host from the game site, with spot appearances by Bob Costas. Dan Patrick, Tony Dungy, Rodney Harrison and Mike Florio will be reporting from the studio in Connecticut, along with insider Peter King. Costas will host TNF pregame show from the game site joined by Dungy and Harrison. Tirico and Doug Flutie will work select TNF assignments.

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. 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, Sunday 7 pm

On Site Host – Mike Tirico, Studio: Dan Patrick; Tony Dungy, Rodney Harrison; Insiders: Mike Florio, Peter King

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

Other NFL Programming

Pro Football Talk Weekdays NBCSN 6 pm
Fantasy Football Live Tuesday – Thursday, NBCSN 6:30 pm
NFL Thursday Night Kickoff: NBC|NFLN 7:30 pm – Bob Costas, Dungy, Harrison
Thursday Night Football, NBC|NFLN 8:25 pm – Michaels, Collinsworth; Reporter: Heather Cox; select: Tirico, Doug Flutie
NFL Turning Point Wednesday, NBCSN 11 pm

Sunday Night Football – 8:30 pm

Announcers- Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth; Reporter: Michele Tafoya

Thu, Sep. 8: Carolina Panthers at Denver Broncos
Sun, Sep. 11: New England Patriots at Arizona Cardinals
Sun, Sep. 18: Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings
Sun, Sep. 25: Chicago Bears at Dallas Cowboys
Sun, Oct. 2: Kansas City Chiefs at Pittsburgh Steelers
Sun, Oct. 9: New York Giants at Green Bay Packers
Sun, Oct. 16: Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans
Sun, Oct. 23: Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals
Sun, Oct. 30: Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys
Sun, Nov. 6: Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders
Sun, Nov. 13: Seattle Seahawks at New England Patriots
Sun, Nov. 20: Green Bay Packers at Washington Redskins
Thu, Nov. 24: Pittsburgh Steelers at Indianapolis Colts
Sun, Nov. 27: New England Patriots at New York Jets
Sun, Dec. 4: Carolina Panthers at Seattle Seahawks
Sun, Dec. 11: Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants
Sun, Dec. 18: Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals
Sun, Dec. 25: Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs

Thursday Night Football Schedule NBC|NFLN 8:25 pm

Thu, Nov. 17: New Orleans at Carolina, NBC|NFLN
Thu, Dec. 1: Dallas at Minnesota, NBC|NFLN
Thu, Dec. 8: Oakland at Kansas City, NBC|NFLN
Thu, Dec. 15: Los Angeles at Seattle, NBC|NFLN
Thu, Dec. 22: NY Giants at Philadelphia, NBC|NFLN


-ESPN will air 17 Monday Night Football games through Week 16, including an opening week doubleheader.

-They will air one postseason Wild Card game simulcast on ABC as well as the Pro Bowl from Orlando.

-Sean McDonough is the new lead play by play announcer for MNF, joining Jon Gruden and reporter Lisa Salters.

-Chris Berman will host both Countdown shows, with a a new cast of talent. Former FOX analyst Randy Moss joins the show, as well as Matt Hasselbeck and Charles Woodson.


NFL Match Up, ESPN Saturday 8:30 am
Sunday NFL Insiders, ESPN 10 am
Sunday NFL Countdown, ESPN Sunday, 11 am
Fantasy Football Now, ESPN2 11 am


NFL Insiders, ESPN 2 pm
NFL Live, ESPN 3 pm
Monday Night Countdown, Monday, ESPN 6 pm
Monday Night Football, Monday, ESPN 8:15 pm

Studio Talent

Sunday /Monday NFL Countdown – Chris Berman, Matt Hasselbeck, Randy Moss, Charles Woodson
Monday Second Set – Suzy Kolber, Trent Dilfer, Steve Young, Michelle Beisner-Buck
Insiders- Chris Mortensen, Adam Schefter;
Contributors- Wendy Nix, Gerry Austin, Matthew Berry, Frank Caliendo
Feature Reporters – Annie Apple, Frank Caliendo, Greg Garber, Jade McCarthy, Jim Trotter
Site Reporters- Josina Anderson, Jeff Darlington, Britt McHenry, Sal Paolantonio, Ed Werder
Fantasy Football – Michael Smith, Matthew Berry, Sara Walsh, Tim Hasselbeck, Field Yates, Stephania Bell
NFL Insiders (Sunday) – Trey Wingo, Chris Mortensen, Louis Riddick, Adam Schefter

Monday Night Football; ESPN 8:30 pm

Announcers- Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden; Reporter: Lisa Salters

Sep. 12: Pittsburgh Steelers at Washington Redskins – 7:10 pm
Sep. 12: Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco 49ers – 10:20 pm
Sep. 19: Philadelphia Eagles at Chicago Bears
Sep. 26: Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints
Oct. 3: New York Giants at Minnesota Vikings
Oct. 10: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers
Oct. 17: New York Jets at Arizona Cardinals
Oct. 24: Houston Texans at Denver Broncos
Oct. 31: Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears
Nov. 7: Buffalo Bills at Seattle Seahawks
Nov. 14: Cincinnati Bengals at New York Giants
Nov. 21: Houston Texans at Oakland Raiders in Mexico
Nov. 28: Green Bay Packers at Philadelphia Eagles
Dec. 5: Indianapolis Colts at New York Jets
Dec. 12: Baltimore Ravens at New England Patriots
Dec. 19: Carolina Panthers at Washington Redskins
Dec. 26: Detroit Lions at Dallas Cowboys

NFL Network

-NFL Network will air 18 national games, produced by CBS and NBC. NFL Network will simulcast 5 national Thursday night games on network TV and cable. All national simulcasts will be streamed on Twitter.

-CBS’s lead broadcast team of Jim Nantz and Phil Simms, and NBC’s lead broadcast team of Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth will call the games.

-NFL Network’s GameDay talent lead by Rich Eisen will host their Sunday pregame show, as well as the pre-show for TNF’s pregame show.

NFL GameDay Talent

Features- Andrea Kremer, Michael Silver, Mark Kriegel, Steve Cyphers

Reporters- Albert Breer, Stacey Dales, Kimberly Jones, Aditi Kinkhabwala, Steve Wyche, Desmond Purnell, Alex Flanagan

NFL GameDay First 7 am – Melissa Stark, Brian Billick, Michael Robinson, Shaun O’Hara
NFL GameDay Morning: 9 am – Rich Eisen, Kurt Warner, Marshall Faulk, Michael Irvin, Steve Mariucci; Insider- Ian Rapoport; Analytic Expert- Cynthia Frelund
NFL GameDay Live 1 pm
NFL GameDay Highlights: 7:30 pm
NFL GameDay Prime: Midnight – Chris Rose, Deion Sanders, LaDanian Tomlinson
Fantasy Football Live- Matt Smith, James Koh, Michael Fabiano, Frelund
NFL RedZone: Cable/DirectTV 1 pm

Thursday Night Football

TNF Gameday; NFL Network 6 pm

Thursday Night Kickoff; NFL Network 7:30 pm

CBS: James Brown, Bill Cowher, Deion Sanders

NBC: Bob Costas, Tony Dungy, Rodney Harrison

Thursday Night Football; NFL Network 8:25 pm

CBS Announcers – Jim Nantz, Phil Simms; Reporter: Tracy Wolfson (First half)

NBC Announcers- Mike Tirico, Collinsworth; Reporter: Heather Cox (Second Half)

Daily Programming

Good Morning Football, Weekdays 7 am;
NFL Fantasy Live, Mon–Wed; & Fri 5 pm; Sun 11:30 am NFL RedZone
Fantasy & Friends, Mon-Wed & Fri 6 pm
Sunday & Monday Night Football replay, Mon-Tue 1 pm
Up to the Minute, Mon-Fri 4 pm
NFL Total Access, Mon-Sat (except Thu) 7 pm
NFL Timeline, Wed 8 pm
Inside the NFL, Wed 9 pm
NFL Replay, Tue 10 pm
Undrafted, Wed 10 pm
A Football Life, Fri 9 pm

Thursday Night Football; CBS or NBC, NFL Network, Twitter 8:25 pm

CBS – Jim Nantz, Phil Simms; Reporter: Tracy Wolfson (First Half)

NBC – Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth; Reporter: Heather Cox (Second Half)

Thu, Sep. 15: NY Jets at Buffalo, CBS|NFLN|Twitter
Thu, Sep. 22: Houston at New England, CBS|NFLN|Twitter
Thu, Sep. 29: Miami at Cincinnati, NFLN
Thu, Oct. 6: Arizona at San Francisco, CBS|NFLN|Twitter
Thu, Oct. 13: Denver at San Diego, CBS|NFLN|Twitter
Thu, Oct. 20: Chicago at Green Bay, CBS|NFLN|Twitter
Sun, Oct. 23: NY Giants at Los Angeles in London – 9:30am, NFLN
Thu, Oct. 27: Jacksonville at Tennessee, NFLN
Thu, Nov. 3: Atlanta at Tampa Bay, NFLN
Thu, Nov. 10: Cleveland at Baltimore, NFLN
Thu, Nov. 17: New Orleans at Carolina, NBC|NFLN|Twitter
Thu, Dec. 1: Dallas at Minnesota, NBC|NFLN|Twitter
Thu, Dec. 8: Oakland at Kansas City, NBC|NFLN|Twitter
Thu, Dec. 15: Los Angeles at Seattle, NBC|NFLN|Twitter
Sat, Dec. 17: Miami at NY Jets, NFLN
Thu, Dec. 22: NY Giants at Philadelphia, NBC|NFLN|Twitter
Sat, Dec. 24: Cincinnati at Houston, NFLN
Sun, Dec. 25: Baltimore at Pittsburgh – 4:30pm, NFLN

National Radio

Westwood One Radio

-Westwood One Radio broadcasts all national prime time games on Thursday, Sunday, and Monday nights, as well as weekly Sunday doubleheaders.

-They also broadcast the entire NFL Playoffs, including Super Bowl LI.

Monday Night- Kevin Harlan, Boomer Esiason or Kurt Warner

Sunday Night- Kevin Kugler, James Lofton

Thursday Night- Ian Eagle, Tony Boselli

Sunday Afternoon- Tom McCarthy, John Sadak, Kevin Lee, Ross Tucker, Mike Mayock, Jason Taylor, Mike Holmgren

Reporters- Hub Arkush, Jim Miller, Laura Okmin, Ross Tucker, Scott Kaplan, Steve Tasker

Studio Host- Jim Gray (Monday); Scott Graham (Sunday)

Westwood One Sunday Afternoon Schedule

Week 1: Green Bay at Jacksonville; Miami at Seattle
Week 2: Cincinnati at Pittsburgh; Tampa Bay at Arizona
Week 3: Detroit at Green Bay; San Diego at Indianapolis
Week 4: Carolina at Atlanta; Denver at Tampa Bay
Week 5: New England at Cleveland; Buffalo at Los Angeles

NFL on ESPN Radio

Play by Play- Marc Kestecher, Bill Rosinski, Ryan Ruocco, Adam Amin

Analysts- Herm Edwards, Shaun O’Hara, Bill Polian

Reporter- Ian Fitzsimmons, Dave Shore

ESPN Radio Sunday Afternoon Schedule

Week 1: Cincinnati at NY Jets & Detroit at Indianapolis
Week 2: Miami at New England & Indianapolis at Denver
Week 3: Washington at NY Giants & San Francisco at Seattle
Week 4: Detroit at Chicago & Los Angeles at Arizona
Week 5: NY Jets at Pittsburgh

Sports Radio USA

Play by Play: Larry Kahn, Eli Gold, John Ahlers, Bob Fitzgerald

Analysts: Doug Plank, John Robinson, Hank Bauer

Reporter: Troy West

Sports Radio USA Sunday Afternoon Schedule

Week 1: Chicago at Houston; NY Giants at Dallas
Week 2: San Francisco at Carolina; Seattle at Los Angeles
Week 3: Denver at Cincinnati; NY Jets at Kansas City
Week 4: Buffalo at New England; New Orleans at San Diego
Week 5: Houston at Minnesota; Atlanta at Denver

Compass Media

Play by Play- Chris Carino, Gregg Daniels, Matt Smith,

Analysts- Brian Baldinger, Curtis Conway

Compass Media Sunday Afternoon Schedule

Week 1- Tampa Bay at Atlanta
Week 2- Kansas City at Houston

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