Now that the 2019 NFL Schedule has been released, let’s take a look at the primetime packages to spotlight what you need to watch this season.
Today is a cause for celebration for football fans with the release of the 2019 NFL Schedule. The full list of dates and times for all 256 games that will take place over 17 glorious weeks in the fall has been dropped, meaning we are one step closer to the return of football.
Thanks to the fine folks from the NFL Research Twitter account, we have a grid with all 256 games available to see, including the highlighted prime time games.
As everyone knows, the NFL broadcasts games on Sunday afternoons but will also air games on three primetime packages: NBC’s Sunday Night Football, ESPN’s Monday Night Football, and the Thursday Night Football package that is simulcast on Fox and NFL Network. The elite teams are all over these games, but not every package is created equal.
With that in mind, we have taken the time to break down each primetime slate of games, including the highlights, lowlights, and an overall grade. Let’s start with the Sunday night games on NBC, which is supposed to be the marquee package due to its ability to flex out bad games for better ones as the season progresses.
Sunday Night Football: Best Games
Before we dive too far into this, let’s lay out the full list of Sunday Night Football games, courtesy of their Twitter account.
This slate is absolutely loaded, and if you’re a fan of marquee quarterback matchups the Sunday Night game will be must watch viewing. League MVP Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs will play under the Sunday night lights three times, with two of those games featuring epic showdowns with Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers (in Week 8) and another with Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts (in Week 5), both taking place at Arrowhead Stadium.
The Dallas Cowboys are also getting plenty of love from NBC, getting their standard three games from the Sunday night package, but two of them are absolute gems. An NFC East showdown with the Philadelphia Eagles headlines Week 7 while Dallas heads to the Superdome to take on the New Orleans Saints in Week 4.
Other matchups of note include the Patriots raising the banner against Pittsburgh in Week 1, a big showdown between the Seattle Seahawks and Los Angeles Rams in the NFC West in Week 14, and a fun Thanksgiving night game between the Saints and Falcons.