NFL Schedule Roundup: Major Networks Announce 2019 Slate of Games
The NFL season is just around the corner, and the major television networks announced their full menu of games for the 2019 campaign:
Marking its 60th season broadcasting the NFL, CBS Sports’ 2019 NFL on CBS schedule begins on Sunday, Sept. 8 highlighted by top games from the AFC and more marquee NFC crossover matchups than ever before.
The NFL on CBS schedule features games being played in the NFL’s highest-rated and most-watched window each week, the 4:25 PM, ET national game on doubleheader weeks. Highlighting the schedule is the rematch of last season’s epic AFC Championship Game, which was the second most-watched AFC Championship Game in 42 years – Kansas City vs. New England – in Week 14 (12/8), as well as New England-Philadelphia in Week 11 (11/17).
The NFL on CBS schedule also features more marquee cross-flex games than ever before, including four of the eight doubleheader weeks anchored by games in the 4:25 PM, ET national window highlighted by Dallas-N.Y. Jets in Week 6 (10/13), New Orleans-Seattle in Week 3 (9/22) and Minnesota-Chicago in Week 4 (9/29).
The NFL on CBS schedule also is highlighted by the annual Thanksgiving Day broadcast featuring Buffalo at Dallas in Week 13 (11/28); a London game in Week 8 (10/27) featuring Cincinnati vs. L.A. Rams, as well as compelling early window 1:00 PM, ET games: Oakland-Green Bay in Week 7 (10/20) and Pittsburgh-N.Y. Jets in Week 16 (12/22).
In addition, the CBS schedule features nine appearances each by Super Bowl champions New England Patriots, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Kansas City Chiefs; and 10 appearances by the new-look Cleveland Browns led by Baker Mayfield and Odell Beckham Jr.
For their full schedule, click HERE…
...Fox Sports announced its 2019 NFL schedule in anticipation of a monumental year for the network’s football coverage, highlighted by its exclusive presentation of Super Bowl LIV on Feb. 2, 2020, live from Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.
Fox Sports kicks off the regular season in Week 1 with America’s Game of the Week, television’s No. 1 show for 10 straight years, as the New York Giants take on the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, Sept. 8 from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. With 11 weeks of Thursday Night Football Presented by Bud Light, plus a Sunday afternoon slate, Fox Sports’ 2019 NFL schedule includes 110 total regular-season games. Fox’s presentation of Thursday Night Football from Weeks 4-15 (excluding Thanksgiving night), is simulcast on NFL Network and Amazon Prime Video and distributed in Spanish on Fox Deportes. NFL Network and Amazon Prime Video simulcasts are subject to change. Fox’s strong 2019 regular season schedule features 37 divisional matchups – 10 from the NFC East, nine from the NFC West, eight from the NFC North, seven from the NFC South and one game each from the AFC North, South and West.
Click HERE for the full schedule…
…The 50th season of Monday Night Football will kick off on ESPN with a doubleheader Monday, September 9 – Houston Texans vs. New Orleans Saints (7 p.m. ET) and Denver Broncos vs. Oakland Raiders (10:15 p.m. / 7:15 p.m. PT). ESPN’s 17-game prime time schedule in 2019 will feature all 12 playoff teams from 2018, including both the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots and NFC champion Los Angeles Rams.
In the MNF opener, Drew Brees and the Saints host Deshaun Watson and the AFC South champion Texans at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in a battle of 2018 playoff teams. A year ago on MNF, Brees became the NFL’s all-time leader in passing yards (Oct. 8 vs. Washington). The Saints previously played in the 2017 MNF opener (at Minnesota), while the Texans last opened the season on Monday night in 2013 (at San Diego, late game of the doubleheader).
Then, MNF’s most-popular rivalry will be renewed when Oakland’s new QB-WR duo of Derek Carr and Antonio Brown and the Raiders host the Broncos, now led by quarterback Joe Flacco. The AFC West opponents played in ESPN’s 2018 season-finale and this will be their 19th meeting all-time on Monday night, more than any other matchup in the history of the series. The Broncos also extend the NFL’s longest current streak, appearing on MNF for the 28th consecutive season (1992-present).
All MNF games will be streamed live on all devices via the ESPN App. ESPN Deportes, ESPN’s 24-hour Spanish-language domestic sports network, will again offer a Spanish-language production of MNF games in 2019.
For all games on MNF, click HERE…
NBC will televise the first game of the NFL’s milestone 100th season on Thursday, Sept. 5, from Soldier Field in Chicago, as Khalil Mack and the defending NFC North-champion Bears host Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers in NFL Kickoff 2019 at 8:20 p.m. ET. Packers-Bears is the most-played rivalry in NFL history, with the Kickoff game the 199th meeting between the clubs (first game was Nov. 27, 1921).
Then, in the season opener of Sunday Night Football on Sunday, Sept. 8, New England will raise its sixth Super Bowl banner at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., before Tom Brady and the Patriots host Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Roethlisberger-Brady meeting in Week 1 is the first of an NBC SNF schedule packed with star-studded quarterback matchups, headlined by 2018 NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes facing two-time MVP Aaron Rodgers for the first time, as the Kansas City Chiefs host the Green Bay Packers on Oct. 27.
In addition to kicking off the 2019 NFL season, NBC will also broadcast a Divisional Playoff game on the weekend of January 11-12, and a Wild Card Playoff game on the January 4-5 weekend.
Click HERE for NBC’s full schedule…
The 13-game Thursday Night Football slate of games features 11 Fox games which are scheduled to be simulcast on NFL Network and Amazon Prime Video, in addition to two NFL Network exclusive games.
The 2019 Thursday Night Football schedule kicks off Week 2 when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers visit the Carolina Panthers on Thursday, September 12 in an NFC South divisional matchup exclusively on NFL Network. All Thursday Night Football games are expected to kick off at 8:20 PM ET.
The 2019 Fox Thursday Night Football schedule begins Week 4 when the Green Bay Packers host the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday, September 26. This year marks the second year of the current NFL Thursday Night Football partnership with Fox and Amazon.
Adding to television availability, several streaming options will be available to fans. NFL Network exclusive games will be available through NFL digital properties and on mobile via Yahoo Sports and other Verizon Media properties. Fox Thursday Night Football games will be available to stream on Amazon via Prime Video and Twitch in addition to NFL, Foxx and Fox Deportes digital properties across devices. During the season, fans can learn all of the ways to watch at NFL.com/TNF.
Live game audio of Thursday Night Football will be broadcast nationally by Westwood One, and carried on SiriusXM and the TuneIn app.
In addition to the Thursday Night Football games, NFL Network will televise two International Series games from London (Carolina Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 6 and Houston Texans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 9) and a Week 16 tripleheader on Saturday, December 21 with matchups to be determined. Kickoff times for Saturday, December 21 are 1:00 PM ET, 4:30 PM ET and 8:15 PM ET, and will feature three of the following five potential matchups: Detroit Lions vs. Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders vs. Los Angeles Chargers, Buffalo Bills vs. New England Patriots, Los Angeles Rams vs. San Francisco 49ers and Houston Texans vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Fox will produce all 18 games across Thursday Night Football and NFL Network’s exclusive games this season, which collectively feature 11 playoff teams from 2018, including the Super Bowl LIII champion New England Patriots.
For a full NFL Network schedule, click HERE.