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Sunday night is still football night

Yes, the NFL plays prime-time games three nights per week.  Yes, there is no football night like Sunday night.

This year’s schedule on NBC starts with the Packers at the Seahawks on Thursday, September 4, in a rematch of the 2012 “Fail Mary” game.  Week One continues on Sunday night, as Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning hosts the team with which he spent 14 seasons, the Colts.

In Week Two, the Field of Jeans gets properly christened on Sunday night, with the Bears visiting the 49ers for the first game in their new stadium.

In Week Three, the Steelers travel to Carolina for a once-every-four-years game against the Panthers, a surprise playoff team in 2013.

In Week Four, the Saints return to Dallas for a game against the Cowboys.

In Week Five, the Bengals visit the Patriots, as Cincinnati tries to pile up enough wins to get to the playoffs for a fourth straight season.

For Week Six, the Giants travel to Philadelphia for one of the league’s most underrated rivalries.

Week Seven?  Jim Harbaugh gets a chance to “evaluate” Peyton Manning in person as the 49ers travel to Denver.

In Week Eight, the Packers visit the Saints.  Which means that Packers will twice play in prime time in stadiums where it’s virtually impossible to hear — and to win.

Week Nine has the Ravens at Pittsburgh for a rematch of perhaps the most intense rivalry in football; Week 10 has Bears at Packers for the oldest rivalry in football.

In Week 11, the Patriots travel to Indianapolis, where Andrew Luck has replaced Peyton Manning in the regular matchups with Tom Brady.

For Week 12, the Cowboys face the Giants in New Jersey.

Week 13 takes Peyton Manning back to Arrowhead Stadium to face the Chiefs, three days after the Seahawks square off against the 49ers on NBC for Thanksgiving night.

In Week 14, the Patriots travel to the Chargers

Week 15 has the Cowboys at the Eagles, and Week 16 sees the Seahawks at Arizona.

The Week 17 game won’t be determined until after Week 16 ends.

Flexible scheduling applies from Week 11 through Week 16, with a new twist this year.  From Week Five through Week 10, two total games can be flexed by the league, if an unexpected injury or other development results in a game becoming far less compelling.

For now, it all looks very compelling.  And I’m not just saying that because of our NBC connection.  But that helps.

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11 Responses to “Sunday night is still football night”
  1. trbowman says: Apr 23, 2014 8:41 PM

    Going way, way out on a limb and predicting the Week 17 game will be an NFC East matchup.

  2. mrneto72 says: Apr 23, 2014 8:49 PM

    What about Monday nights? ?

  3. yeevie13 says: Apr 23, 2014 9:04 PM

    Why in the world do the steelers have 4 prime time games

  4. upperdecker19 says: Apr 23, 2014 9:13 PM

    If Roger loves the overseas market so much…..How about shipping one of those games to London??? “NBC’s Football Night Out of America”

  5. ericxchavoya says: Apr 23, 2014 9:35 PM

    Bolts baby!

  6. cags777 says: Apr 23, 2014 9:59 PM

    No offense to other NFC East fans, but how did the Giants and Cowboys earn a lot of prime time games this season? Neither of those teams are looking good heading into this season, and their quarterbacks are one bad play away from being injured and finished for the season.

  7. 52lightsxout52 says: Apr 23, 2014 10:19 PM

    According to the the week 10 Sunday Night match-up is Bears@Packers…

  8. justintuckrule says: Apr 23, 2014 10:38 PM

    All this flexing insures that my Sunday afternoons are totally freed up now. Nice job rog. You just lost half your audience.

  9. rap49er says: Apr 23, 2014 11:24 PM

    The new season starts when the schedule is released. Welcome to 2014!

  10. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Apr 24, 2014 4:39 AM

    Typically the Sunday night games are good. Better than MNF in fact. MNF has a knack for serving up bad games in recent years.

  11. tictoccpthook says: Apr 24, 2014 5:39 AM

    Now that’s entertainment. Where have you been Sunday Night Football !

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