A Look Into The NFL's Primetime Schedules

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

So the full schedule for the NFL was released today and we get our first look at some of the great weekends for the upcoming season. I broke out all of the primetime games for you here, so you know how to plan ahead of time.

ESPN Monday Night Football

Monday, Sept. 8- Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers 7 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 15 - Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys 8:30 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 22- New York Jets at San Diego Chargers 8:30 p.m. ESPN
Monday, Sept. 29 - Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers 8:30 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 6 - Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints 8:30 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 13 - New York Giants at Cleveland Browns 8:30 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 20 - Denver Broncos at New England Patriots 8:30 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 27 - Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans 8:30 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 3 - Pittsburgh Steelers at Washington Redskins 8:30 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 10- San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals 8:30 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 17 - Cleveland Browns at Buffalo Bills 8:30 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 24 - Green Bay Packers at New Orleans Saints 8:30 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 1 - Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans 8:30 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 8 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers 8:30 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 15 - Cleveland Browns at Philadelphia Eagles 8:30 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 22 - Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears 8:30 p.m.

NBC Sunday Night Football

Thursday, Sept. 4- Washington Redskins at New York Giants 7 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 7 - Chicago Bears at Indianapolis Colts 8:15 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 14- Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns 8:15 p.m. NBC
Sunday, Sept. 21- Dallas Cowboys at Green Bay Packers 8:15 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 28 - Philadelphia Eagles at Chicago Bears 8:15 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 5 - Pittsburgh Steelers at Jacksonville Jaguars 8:15 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 12 - New England Patriots at San Diego Chargers 8:15 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 19 - Seattle Seahawks at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 8:15 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 26- No Game
Sunday, Nov. 2 - New England Patriots at Indianapolis Colts 8:15 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 9 - New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles 8:15 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 16 - Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins 8:15 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 23 - Indianapolis Colts at San Diego Chargers 8:15 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 30 - Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings 8:15 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 7 - New England Patriots at Seattle Seahawks 8:15 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 14- New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys 8:15 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 21 - San Diego Chargers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 8:15 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 28- TBD

NFL Network Thursday Night Football

Thursday, Nov. 6- Denver Broncos at Cleveland Browns 8:15 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 13- New York Jets at New England Patriots 8:15 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 20- Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers 8:15 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 27- Arizona Cardinals at Philadelphia Eagles 8:15 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 4- Oakland Raiders at San Diego Chargers 8:15 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 11- New Orleans Saints at Chicago Bears 8:15 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 18- Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars 8:15 p.m.

NBC once again gets a boatload of great games while ESPN is left to pick up the pieces and somehow the Browns and Bears each got 5...count them 5 primetime games! Neither team even made the Playoffs last year. NBC gets 3 Patriots games while the other two networks get a lone game. One of those games is even the Pats-Colts which was a ratings goldmine for CBS last year.

Should be a fun year. Outside of the 9ers and Cardinals there's not one MNF live-blog I wouldn't want to do and I may even be starting up a full time Sunday Night one as well.

AFC Team By Team Schedule (NFL.com)
NFC Team By Team Schedule (NFL.com)


Notice how there is no NFL-Network game in Week 17 - just in case there happens to be another undefeated team scheduled that week.

Doneycat said...
Apr 15, 2008, 2:57:00 PM  

Pam Ward's gonna be at the Motor City Bowl; they didn't want any scheduling conflicts.

/last time I'll bring that up

BTW, Excellent "Detriot Lions" schedule, nfl.com.

Apr 15, 2008, 3:00:00 PM  

Since I have exactly zero interest in any of the NFL Network games, I hereby endorse Pam Ward for the job!!!

BF said...
Apr 15, 2008, 3:19:00 PM  

After the Cowboys, Bears=solid ratings. They'll always be a home for the Bears in primetime (no matter how good/bad they might be)

Anonymous said...
Apr 15, 2008, 3:25:00 PM  

As a lifelong Browns fan, I just gotta say, "oh, crap..."

So much for flying under the radar and either making noise in the playoffs or disappearing in a puff of smoke. Now there's a chance to be humiliated multiple times on the national stage.

Oh, well, such is the life of a Browns fan.

Anonymous said...
Apr 15, 2008, 3:33:00 PM  

You can't fly under the radar when your team has Brady Quinn & ESPN has games to fill. Derek Anderson better make sure some ESPN intern or Shane Stant (not Shawn Eckhardt, Wilbon) isn't near the Browns' training facility.

Apr 15, 2008, 3:39:00 PM  

Aside from a possible tough game they both play against Pittsburgh, the Cowboys and Giants schedules are almost CAKE.

It looks like their hedging their bets on a NY-Dal showdown as an NFC answer to Indy-NE.

Salva73 said...
Apr 15, 2008, 3:46:00 PM  

1 "home game" for Mr Tony.

I expect bitching on the radio show tomorrow.

odessasteps said...
Apr 15, 2008, 3:46:00 PM  

Oh AA. You know you're excited to do that live-blog of the 49ers game.

Don't disappoint me...

Anonymous said...
Apr 15, 2008, 3:49:00 PM  

How is this year the first time in 20 years that the Steelers go to DC???

GMoney said...
Apr 15, 2008, 4:05:00 PM  

ESPN schedule leaves a lot to be desired.

Anonymous said...
Apr 15, 2008, 4:28:00 PM  

What about the Broncos at Oakland as the late game on the first Monday, September 8th?

Anonymous said...
Apr 15, 2008, 9:19:00 PM  

Anyone believe the September 21st Cowboys / Packers NBC Sunday Night Football game will be the Favre #4 retirement ceremony game?

Anonymous said...
Apr 15, 2008, 9:54:00 PM  

@Anon 9:54:

I thought the first MNF game would poach that ceremony (not like ESPN wouldn't promote it or anything).

Apr 15, 2008, 10:16:00 PM  

And YET AGAIN the Lions get hosed.

You're killin' me, Smalls.

Jack Cardinal said...
Apr 16, 2008, 9:43:00 AM  

The Browns went 10-6, are expected to make the playoffs, and have one of the most exciting teams to watch. The Eagles went 8-8 and finished in last place, yet also got five nationally televised appearances. Yet AA isn't bitching about it.

Anonymous said...
Apr 16, 2008, 12:51:00 PM  

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