NFL Sunday Night Football Betting
Since the 1987 season, there has been some form of Sunday Night Football. It had modest beginnings on ESPN, with TNT getting a share of the franchise from 1990 through 1997. And then ESPN had complete control of the package from 1998 through 2005 and did a fine job of expanding the audience and the brand itself to the point where NBC thought it was attractive enough to purchase as the exclusive rights holder in 2006. Since NBC took over, Sunday Night Football has become the most popular TV program in the United States, not to mention the most valuable sports television property in American history.
Sunday Night Football Betting Schedule
A big part of NBC's success as the sole carrier of Sunday Night Football is the enthusiastic cooperation of the NFL in ensuring that the highest-profile games each week are featured on the Peacock. This year is no exception to that rule.
The first Sunday Night game features the Chicago Bears at Los Angeles Rams in a matchup of 2020 playoff teams on September 12. This game marks the debut of Matthew Stafford as the Rams quarterback. And while Bears fans are pining for rookie Justin Fields to replace Mitch Trubisky under center, they may not get their wish.
September 19 is a potential AFC playoff preview as the Baltimore Ravens host the Kansas City Chiefs. Last year the Chiefs embarrassed the Ravens in a prime-time win at Baltimore.
The San Francisco 49ers will host the Green Bay Packers on September 26. Will it be rookie Trey Lance or veteran Jimmy Garoppolo under center for San Francisco?
Sunday, October 3, is circled on the calendar of all football fans. Tom Brady returns to Gillette Stadium as the world champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers visit Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots. Does anything else need to be said?
On October 10, the Kansas City Chiefs will host the Buffalo Bills in a rematch of the 2020 AFC championship game. Are the Bills ready to take the next step in the NFL's loudest stadium?
October 17 is a good one with the Pittsburgh Steelers hosting the Seattle Seahawks. First round draft pick Najee Harris arrives to power the Steelers ground attack that has been useless since LeVeon Bell's departure.
It doesn't get much better when it comes to historic NFL rivalries than the Raiders and Chiefs. This one dates back to the 1960s and the old American Football League with epic matchups filled with NFL legend and lore. Sin City will finally get to see its new football team in the flesh after Allegiant Stadium was COVID-19 empty in 2020. Many gamblers see the Raiders as a sleeper this year.
December 5 features a high-profile NFC West showdown with the Seattle Seahawks hosting the San Francisco 49ers. Will Russell Wilson get some help from the Seahawks defense this year? The Seattle fans return after a year on the sidelines to offer jet engine noise for the home side.
The oldest rivalry in pro football will be renewed on December 12 when the Green Bay Packers host the Chicago Bears. By this time, we'll know if Justin Fields is ready to start as Bears quarterback.
The Final Sunday Night game takes place on January 2 on the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field, where the Green Bay Packers will host the Minnesota Vikings. The NFC North title could be at stake.
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