Networks get their NFL plays

Armed with its new Thursday Night Football package, FOX kicks off its coverage of the regular season with Week 1 as a national weekend on Sept. 9 pitting the Cowboys/Panthers and the Seahawks/Broncos at 4:25p while Thanksgiving will see the Redskins/Cowboys on the channel. This year’s Thursday Night Football package on FOX begins in Week 4 with the Vikings/Rams on Sept. 27 at 8:20p. Overall, FOX will broadcast 11 Thursday Night Football games between Weeks 4-15 (excluding Thanksgiving night), with those games also being simulcast via NFL Network and distributed in Spanish on FOX Deportes.

In addition, NFL Network will exclusively televise seven games this season, beginning in week 2 with Ravens/Bengals on Sept. 13 and FOX producing the full slate of 18 games, beginning with

CBS Sports’ NFL lineup this season will be anchored by Super Bowl LIII from Atlanta on February 3, marking the 20th time the channel has carried the event. The regular season will kick off on Sept. 9 with a broadcast slate that features 10 appearances by AFC powerhouses New England, Pittsburgh and Denver, and nine appearances by Oakland with the first national 4:25p game taking place in week two with Patriots/Jaguars. In addition, this network’s Thanksgiving game this year will feature the Bears/Lions. Jim Nantz, Tony Romo and Tracy Wolfson serve as the NFL ON CBS’s lead announce team.

NBC’s Sunday Night Football package this season will showcase 19 NFL games during the 2018 regular season beginning with NFL Kickoff 2018 on Sept. 2 pitting the Falcons/Eagles followed by the SNF season opener on Sept. 9 with Bears/Packers as the franchise begins a new, earlier kickoff time of 8:20p, 10 minutes earlier than last year. Every 2017 division winner makes an appearance on the series this season and features three games each for the Eagles, Patriots, Steelers, Cowboys, and Packers. Thanksgiving features the Saints hosting the Falcons in the first-ever NFL T-Day game in New Orleans.

ESPN’s Monday Night Football lineup will open with a familiar face as former MNF analyst Jon Gruden makes his NFL coaching return in ESPN’s coverage of the Rams/Raiders as part of the season-opening doubleheader game on Sept. 10, with Jets/Lions the early game. ESPN will again televise the NFL International Series game in Mexico City when the Chiefs play the Rams on Nov. 19. Making multiple appearances on the franchise this season will be: Broncos, Chiefs, Rams, Saints, Giants, Raiders, 49ers, Seahawks, Titans and Redskins. Beginning in week 2, MNF games will kick off at 8:15p, with Suzy Kolber hosting the Monday Night Countdown pregame show throughout the season, as well as halftime and post-game SportsCenter coverage.

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