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2019 NFL Sunday Night Football Betting
A primetime NFL game has aired on Sunday since 1987 when ESPN began showcasing the league. NBC took over the rights to air Sunday night games in 2006 and has been doing so ever since. One of the highest rated primetime shows in its slot, NBC Sunday Night Football will begin its 14th season with the annual Hall of Fame Game from Canton, Ohio, on August 1, which begins the NFL’s preseason each year.
The current contract negotiated with the NFL calls for the National Broadcasting Company to air the season-opening NFL Kickoff Game, the Thanksgiving Night primetime matchup and two playoff games.
It all begins with the NFL Kickoff on Thursday, September 5, with the most played rivalry in league history. Celebrating the NFL’s 100th anniversary, the Chicago Bears play host to the Green Bay Packers in the 199th overall meeting between the storied franchises.
NBC got a sweet deal when signing on with the NFL, and they paid a large sum of money to get it. The most compelling matchups are slated for Sunday primetime and the 2019 schedule is no different. Every division winner from 2018 is scheduled to make at least one appearance on SNF and 14 of the 18 scheduled games will include at least one playoff team from last season.
The opening night matchup between the Packers and Bears is one of four NFC divisional games on the 2019 schedule. Defending East champion Dallas hosts Philadelphia in Week 7 and the two-time defending West champion Los Angeles Rams host the Seahawks in Week 14. The other game is a rematch from last season’s Thanksgiving tussle, only this time the Falcons and Saints will get together in Atlanta.
Six teams are scheduled to make three appearances on SNF with three games featuring those squads. The Chicago Bears made an impression last season winning 12 games and their first division title since 2010, so they get featured prominently on the NFL’s biggest stage. In addition to their opening night tilt with the Packers, they’ll visit the Rams in Week 11 and host Kansas City in Week 16 in matchups between division winners.
The Rams travel to Cleveland for a Week 3 contest with the Browns and host the Seahawks in Week 14. MVP Patrick Mahomes and his Chiefs will host Indianapolis in Week 5 and Green Bay in Week 8 before visiting Chicago.
The defending champions always get some love for primetime action and the New England Patriots will be featured three times for the second straight season. They’ll open the Sunday portion of the schedule with a Week 1 home game against Pittsburgh. They also visit Baltimore and Houston later in the season. NFC East rivals Dallas and Philadelphia are also scheduled to appear in three SNF games, including their Week 7 tilt in Jerry’s World.
To guarantee the best matchup possible on Sunday nights, flex scheduling goes into effect beginning in Week 5. No more than two games can be flexed from Weeks 5 to 10, but it’s fair game after that. Only Sunday afternoon games can be flexed into the primetime slot and Week 17 is left open to determine the best matchup with playoff implications following the Week 16 games.
2019 Sunday Night Football Betting Schedule
NFL Regular Season Schedule
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