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Below is our primer for the 2018 NFL season on both television and national radio. All times are Eastern. All information is subject to change, and if you see any corrections that need to be made, please let us know via Twitter or email. As usual, a huge thank you to our friend Sammy for helping put this together.


CBS Sports will be the broadcast home of Super Bowl LIII from Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium in February 2019. CBS will broadcast the AFC package of games and select NFC games in 2018. CBS will air four postseason games, including the AFC Championship Game and the Super Bowl.

Talent: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo and Tracy Wolfson will once again lead the NFL on CBS. Bruce Arians joins the CBS broadcast booth, teaming with Greg Gumbel and Trent Green. Melanie Collins joins the team as the sideline reporter. Former NFL referee Gene Steratore joins the network as a rules analyst.

The NFL Today returns the cast of host James Brown, along with Nate Burleson, Bill Cowher, Boomer Esiason and Phil Simms.

The NFL on CBS can be streamed on CBS All Access (local blackouts apply).

NFL on CBS Game Announcers

Jim Nantz, Tony Romo & Tracy Wolfson

Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts & Evan Washburn

Greg Gumbel, Bruce Arians, Trent Green & Melanie Collins

Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon & Steve Tasker

Andrew Catalon, James Lofton

Spero Dedes, Adam Archuleta

Tom McCarthy, Steve Beuerlein

Beth Mowins, Jay Feely

Rules Analyst: Gene Steratore

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

Week 02- Patriots at Jaguars
Week 04- Saints at Giants
Week 06- Jaguars at Cowboys
Week 07- Titans at Chargers at U.K. (9:30 a.m. EST) / Cowboys at Redskins
Week 10- Seahawks at Rams
Week 12- Bears at Lions (Thanksgiving) / Steelers at Broncos (Sunday)
Week 15- Patriots at Steelers
Week 16- Steelers at Saints

Playoffs/Jan 5-6, 2019: AFC Wild Card Game

Playoffs/Jan 12-13, 2019: AFC Divisional Game

Playoffs/Jan 20, 2019: AFC Championship

Playoffs/Feb 3, 2019: Super Bowl LIII at Atlanta

Additional CBS/NFL Programming

That Other Pregame Show: Sunday, CBSSN, 8 am

NFL Monday QB, Monday, CBSSN, 6 pm

Inside the NFL, Tuesday, Showtime, 10 pm


FOX Sports will be the new home of Thursday Night Football, simulcasting 11 games on NFL Network and with the package also streaming on Amazon. FOX will broadcast the NFC package of games on Sundays with select AFC games as well as four NFC playoff games, including two divisional playoff games and the NFC Championship game.

Talent: Joe Buck and Troy Aikman will return as the lead broadcast team for the NFL on FOX for Thursday Night Football and select Sunday afternoons. Erin Andrews and Kristina Pink will both work as the sideline reporters for TNF, with Andrews working select Sundays as well. Mike Pereira will join the crew as the NFL rules analyst for TNF and Sundays. Michael Strahan will be the host of FOX’s Thursday Night Football Kickoff joined by Terry Bradshaw and Howie Long. The trio will also return to FOX NFL Sunday with Curt Menefee and Jimmy Johnson.

Select FOX affiliates will simulcast NFL Network’s GameDay Prime Sundays nights. Charissa Thompson hosts with Deion Sanders, LaDainian Tomlinson and Shannon Sharpe.

The NFL on FOX can be streamed on FOX Sports Go (local blackouts apply).

NFL on FOX Game Talent

TNF & Select Sundays – Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews & Kristina Pink; Mike Pereira (Rules Analyst). Pink on TNF Only.

Kevin Burkhardt, Charles Davis & Pam Oliver

Kenny Albert, Ronde Barber & Select Reporters

Thom Brennaman, Chris Spielman & Shannon Spake or Peter Schrager

Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston & Laura Okmin

Dick Stockton, Mark Schlereth & Jennifer Hale

Other Talent- Brian Custer, Dan Hellie, Kevin Kugler, Sam Rosen; Cris Carter, Jeff Fisher, Greg Jennings, Brady Quinn
Reporters- Shane Bacon, Tiki Barber, Karyn Bryant, Doug Gottlieb, Sarah Kustok, Sara Walsh

Rules Analyst: Dean Blandino, Mike Pereira

FOX NFL Sunday, FOX, Noon: Curt Menefee, Terry Bradshaw, Jimmy Johnson, Howie Long, Michael Strahan; Insider: Jay Glazer; Contributor: Rob Riggle

FOX NFL Kickoff, FOX 11 am: Charissa Thompson, Colin Cowherd, Tony Gonzalez, Michael Vick, Dave Wannstedt; Cooper Manning, Peter Schrager (select appearances)

GameDay Prime, FOX*|NFLN 11:30 p.m. – Thompson, Deion Sanders, LaDainian Tomlinson, Shannon Sharpe

* Airing in select FOX markets

FOX Thursday Night Kickoff, FOX 7:30: Strahan, Bradshaw, Long

FOX Thursday Night Football, FOX 8:20: Buck, Aikman, Andrews & Pink

NFL on FOX Sunday National Games

Week 01- Cowboys at Panthers
Week 03- Cowboys at Seahawks
Week 05- Vikings at Eagles
Week 06- Seahawks at Raiders at U.K. (1 p.m. EST)
Week 08- Packers at Rams
Week 09- Rams at Saints
Week 11- Cowboys at Falcons / Eagles at Saints
Week 12- Redskins at Cowboys (Thanksgiving)
Week 13- Vikings at Patriots
Week 14- Eagles at Cowboys
Playoffs/Jan 5-6, 2019: NFC Wild Card Game
Playoffs/Jan 12-13, 2019: Two NFC Divisional Games
Playoffs/Jan 20, 2019: NFC Championship

2018 Thursday Night Football on FOX schedule– FOX, NFL Network, Amazon 8:20 p.m.

Week 04- Vikings at Rams
Week 05- Colts at Patriots
Week 06- Eagles at Giants
Week 07- Broncos at Cardinals
Week 08- Dolphins at Texans
Week 09- Raiders at 49ers
Week 10- Panthers at Steelers
Week 11- Packers at Seahawks
Week 13- Saints at Cowboys
Week 14- Jaguars at Titans
Week 15- Chargers at Chiefs


NBC will broadcast 21 primetime games, including 17 broadcasts of Sunday Night Football. They will also air two special Thursday night games (the Kickoff Game and the Thanksgiving Classic), as well as two postseason games.

Talent: Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth will return as the lead team for Sunday Night Football, along with Michele Tafoya as sideline reporter. Former NFL referee Terry McAulay joins the network as a rules analyst. Mike Tirico is the new studio host of Football Night in America, while Liam McHugh will be the on-site host of the scheduled SNF game.

The NFL can flex up to 2 games between weeks 5-9 to Sunday night. Any game between weeks 10-16 can be flexed, with the final week reserved for the game with playoff implications.

Sunday Night Football can be streamed on NBC Sports Watch Live.

Football Night in America, NBC, Sunday, 7 pm- In-Studio Mike Tirico, Tony Dungy, Rodney Harrison, Mike Florio (Insider); On-Site Host – Liam McHugh

Sunday Night Football, NBC, Sunday, 8:20 pm- Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth & Michele Tafoya; Terry McAulay (Rules Analyst)

Sunday Night Football Schedule

Week 01- Falcons at Eagles (Kickoff) / Bears at Packers
Week 02- Giants at Cowboys
Week 03- Patriots at Lions
Week 04- Ravens at Steelers
Week 05- Cowboys at Texans
Week 06- Chiefs at Patriots
Week 07- Rams at 49ers
Week 08- Saints at Vikings
Week 09- Packers at Patriots
Week 10- Cowboys at Eagles
Week 11- Steelers at Jaguars
Week 12- Falcons at Saints (Thanksgiving) / Packers at Vikings
Week 13- 49ers at Seahawks
Week 14- Steelers at Raiders
Week 15- Eagles at Rams
Week 16- Chiefs at Seahawks
Week 17- TBD

Playoffs/Jan 5-6, 2019: NFL Wild Card Game

Playoffs/Jan 12-13, 2019: NFL Divisional Game


ESPN will air 19 NFL games, including 17 Monday Night Football games through Week 16. This includes an opening week doubleheader.

Talent: Joe Tessitore, Jason Witten, and Booger McFarland are the new MNF broadcast team. Lisa Salters returns as the sideline reporter. Former NFL referee Jeff Triplette joins the network as a rules analyst. Louis Riddick joins Monday Night Countdown, along with holdovers Suzy Kolber and Steve Young.

In January 2018, ESPN will air (and ABC will simulcast) a wild card playoff game and the Pro Bowl from Orlando.

ESPN Deportes will provide the Spanish Language broadcast of Super Bowl LIII. Alvaro Martin, Raul Allegre, and reporter John Sutcliffe will call the game from Atlanta.

Monday Night Football can be streamed on WatchESPN and ESPN+.


Sunday NFL Countdown, ESPN, 10 am- Samantha Ponder, Matt Hasselbeck, Randy Moss, Rex Ryan, Charles Woodson; Insiders- Chris Mortensen, Adam Schefter. Front office insider- Louis Riddick. Senior fantasy analyst-  Matthew Berry.

Contributors- Michelle Beisner-Buck, Wendy Nix, Frank Caliendo, Jac Collinsworth

Reporters-  Josina Anderson, Jeff Darlington, Dan Graziano, Sal Paolantonio, Dianna Russini and Michele Steele.

Fantasy Football Now, ESPN2 10 am- Molly Qerim, Matthew Berry, Tim Hasselbeck, Stephania Bell, Field Yates, Mike Clay.


Monday Night Countdown, ESPN 6 pm- host Suzy Kolber, analysts Matt Hasselbeck, Randy Moss, Charles Woodson and Steve Young, insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter, senior fantasy sports analyst Matthew Berry, features from Chris Berman and Michelle Beisner-Buck, halftime and post-game shows with Kolber, Young and Louis Riddick.

Monday Night Football, ESPN 8:15 pm- Joe Tessitore, Jason Witten, Booger McFarland (field analyst) & Lisa Salters (sideline reporter); Jeff Triplette (Rules Analyst)

2018 Monday Night Football schedule:

Week 01- Jets at Lions 7:10
Week 01- Rams at Raiders 10:20
Week 02- Seahawks at Bears
Week 03- Steelers at Buccaneers
Week 04- Chiefs at Broncos
Week 05- Redskins at Saints
Week 06- 49ers at Packers
Week 07- Giants at Falcons
Week 08- Patriots at Bills
Week 09- Titans at Cowboys
Week 10- Giants at 49ers
Week 11- Chiefs at Rams
Week 12- Titans at Texans
Week 13- Redskins at Eagles
Week 14- Vikings at Seahawks
Week 15- Saints at Panthers
Week 16- Broncos at Raiders

Playoffs/Jan 5-6, 2019: NFL Wild Card Game

ESPN NFL Programming

Monday Night Football-focused SportsCenter: Monday, noon

NFL Primetime, Monday 1:30 pm

NFL Live, Monday 2:30 pm; other weekdays 1:30 pm

NFL Matchup, Sunday 4 and 6:30 am

The Fantasy Show with Matthew Berry, Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m. on ESPN+

NFL Network

NFL Network will air 18 national games, all produced by FOX. The league network will simulcast 11 of those games on national TV and streamed on Amazon. NFL Network’s GameDay talent will be led by host Rich Eisen along with Michael Irvin, Steve Mariucci and Kurt Warner. This team will also work Thursday nights with FOX Sports.

NFLN GameDay Talent

GameDay – Rich Eisen, Michael Irvin, Steve Mariucci, Kurt Warner; Insider: Ian Rapoport; Analytics Expert: Cynthia Frelund

Good Morning Football weekends – Colleen Wolfe, Mike Garafalo, Michael Robinson, Steve Smith

GameDay Live – Rhett Lewis, Marc Istook, Terrell Davis, Rod Woodson, James Jones

GameDay Highlights -Chris Rose, Cole Wright

GameDay Prime – Charissa Thompson, Deion Sanders, LaDainian Tomlinson, Shannon Sharpe

NFLN GameDay Schedule

Good Morning Football weekend: Saturday & Sunday, 7 am

GameDay Morning, 9 am

GameDay Live, 1 pm

GameDay Highlights, 7:30 pm

GameDay Prime, 11:30 pm (simulcast on selected Fox affiliates)

NFL Fantasy Live: Cable/DirectTV 11:30 am

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

NFLN Daily Programming

Good Morning Football, weekdays, 7 am – Kay Adams, Kyle Brandt, Nate Burleson, Peter Schrager

NFL Fantasy Live, weekdays, 5 pm

NFL Total Access, weekdays, 7 pm; Monday, 6 pm; Thursday, midnight

NFL GameDay Prime, Monday 1 & 2 pm (Encore from Sunday)

The Aftermath, Monday, 3 pm

NFL Total Access: Endgame, Monday, 11:15 pm

NFL Up to the Minute, Tuesday & Wednesday, 4 pm; Friday 1 pm

NFL Power Rankings, Tuesday, 6 pm

21st and Prime, Tuesday, 6:30 pm

NFL Mic’d Up, Wednesday, 6 pm

NFL Playbook, Wednesday, 6:30 pm

Kyle Brandt Football Experience, Friday, 6 pm

NFL GameDay Pick’em, Friday, 6:30 pm

A Football Life, Friday, 8 pm

NFL’s Top 10, Friday, 10 pm

Thursday Night Football

TNF First Look, NFL Network, 3 pm

TNF Gameday, NFL Network, 6 pm

Thursday Night Kickoff, NFL Network 7:30 pm*

Thursday Night Football, NFL Network 8:20 pm*

TNF Postgame; NFL Network 11:30 pm

*- Weeks 4 through 15 are simulcasted on FOX and Amazon

Thursday Night Football Schedule- Thursday 8:20 pm

Week 02- Ravens at Bengals
Week 03- Jets at Browns
Week 04- Vikings at Rams (FOX|NFL|Amazon)
Week 05- Colts at Patriots (FOX|NFL|Amazon)
Week 06- Eagles at Giants (FOX|NFL|Amazon)
Week 07- Broncos at Cardinals (FOX|NFL|Amazon)
Week 08- Dolphins at Texans (FOX|NFL|Amazon)
Week 08- Eagles vs Jaguars at U.K. (Sun 9:30 a.m. EST)
Week 09- Raiders at 49ers (FOX|NFL|Amazon)
Week 10- Panthers at Steelers (FOX|NFL|Amazon)
Week 11- Packers at Seahawks (FOX|NFL|Amazon)
Week 13- Saints at Cowboys (FOX|NFL|Amazon)
Week 14- Jaguars at Titans (FOX|NFL|Amazon)
Week 15- Chargers at Chiefs (FOX|NFL|Amazon)
Week 15- Texans at Jets/Browns at Broncos (Sat 4:30 & 8:20 pm)
Week 16- To Be Determined (Sat 4:30 & 8:20 pm)

NFL National Radio

Westwood One Radio – The exclusive radio broadcaster for all NFL prime time, international and holiday games, as well as the entirety of the NFL Postseason including Super Bowl LIII. Kurt Warner is the new lead analyst joining Kevin Harlan for Monday Night Football through the Super Bowl. Westwood One has discontinued broadcasting regular season Sunday afternoon games.


Monday Night Football– Kevin Harlan, Kurt Warner; Jim Gray (MNF)

Sunday Night Football – Kevin Kugler, Jason Taylor or Mike Mayock

Thursday Night Football – Ian Eagle, Tony Boselli

Reporters – Ed Werder, Hub Arkush, Laura Okmin, Ross Tucker, Scott Kaplan, Steve Tasker, Tony Boselli

Studio – Scott Graham

ESPN Radio – Broadcasts select Sunday afternoon games throughout the NFL Season.


Adam Amin, Marc Kestecher, Bill Polian, Chris Canty, Brock Huard, Shaun O’Hara

Week 1 – Jaguars at Giants & Seahawks at Broncos
Week 2 – Chiefs

About Andrew Bucholtz

Andrew Bucholtz has been covering sports media for Awful Announcing since 2012. He is also a staff writer for The Comeback. His previous work includes time at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.