Sunday Night Football mixes it up a bit

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This year’s Sunday Night Football schedule doesn’t open with the Cowboys and Giants for a change, but it does kick off with a divisional rivalry.

The Bears will visit the Packers in the first installment of this year’s season of SNF.

The Cowboys and Giants will instead play in Week Two, and the Cowboys circle back for a Week Five contest against the Texans.

The Patriots also get a pair of early turns, visiting the Lions in Week Three and hosting the Chiefs in Week Six. So it’s probably best if Tom Brady‘s back, or that they know how to adjust in plenty of time.

Flexible scheduling procedures will begin in Week Five, and as usual, the season finale is to be determined, as the league tries to find a playoff-deciding matchup.

Games will start at 8:20 p.m. ET this season, a slight bump up from previous years, and a change which will mostly be appreciated by writers on deadline.

Sept. 9: Bears at Packers.

Sept. 16: Giants at Cowboys.

Sept. 23: Patriots at Lions.

Sept. 30: Ravens at Steelers.

Oct. 7: Cowboys at Texans.

Oct. 14: Chiefs at Patriots.

Oct. 21: Rams at 49ers.

Oct. 28: Saints at Vikings.

Nov. 4: Packers at Patriots.

Nov. 11: Cowboys at Eagles.

Nov. 18: Steelers at Jaguars.

Nov. 25: Packers at Vikings.

Dec. 2: 49ers at Seahawks.

Dec. 9: Steelers at Raiders.

Dec. 16: Eagles at Rams.

Dec. 23: Chiefs at Seahawks.

Dec. 30: TBD.

13 responses to “Sunday Night Football mixes it up a bit

  1. 32 open spots filled with 17 NON PLAYOFF teams. How is this possible????? No one wants to see the Rams, 49ers, and Seahawks twice while practically ignoring Jacksonville. What about Cincy, Cleveland, Buffalo, Atlanta, Indy, etc? Big market bias. Smh.

  2. dadsource says:
    April 19, 2018 at 9:02 pm
    32 open spots filled with 17 NON PLAYOFF teams. How is this possible????? No one wants to see the Rams, 49ers, and Seahawks twice while practically ignoring Jacksonville. What about Cincy, Cleveland, Buffalo, Atlanta, Indy, etc? Big market bias. Smh.
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    The fans in Jacksonville ignore Jacksonville, hence the tarps. Big market bias argument gets lost when the Packers get 3 games. People want to watch teams with a history of winning. Those winning teams have to play someone and if it’s a choice between that someone being a small market with no history of winning and a big market it makes perfect sense for the network to go with the match-up that most likely provides the bigger ratings. After all, we have all been told the NFL is a business and the bottom line is the real measure of winning or losing.

  3. Yeah yeah yeah so they can all show the man love for Aaron Rodgers . I can hear it now….ugh!The Bears are a much improved team and they could very well knock the Pack off. But you are right about the match ups, its a business and they have to cater to the top stories. They made Sunday game to showcase Aaron Rodgers, ya know pity party coming off an injury. It all makes for good headlines and the announcers will be gushing like Niagara falls.

  4. How did the Chargers get snubbed all around? Their offense is a much more fun to watch than most of the grinders listed.

  5. How did the Chargers get snubbed all around? Their offense is much more fun to watch than most of the grinders listed.

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