The NFL and its broadcast partners announced the 17-week, 256-game regular-season line for 2017, which kicks off Sept. 7 on NBC as the Patriots host the Chiefs Thanksgiving will feature a tripleheader on Nov. 23. Opening with the Vikings/Lions at 12:30p on FOX, followed by Chargers/Cowboys at 4:30p on CBS and concluding with Giants/Redskins on NBC at 8:30p. Of course, the league will partner with Amazon Prime this season for a “Tri-Cast” distribution model for 10 Thursday Night Football games as well as a Christmas Day contest. NFL Network will also exclusively televise a seven-game schedule comprised of three Thursday Night Football games, three late-season Saturday contests and a Sunday morning London matchup.
In addition to opening the season, NBC will also close it as home of Super Bowl LII on Feb. 4. Overall the network will showcase a combined 28 regular season and postseason games on the network through TNF and Sunday Night Football. The Sept. 10 opener of SNF will see Giants/Cowboys while the network begins its TNF slate on Nov. 9 with the Seahawks/Cardinals. Every 2016 playoff team makes an appearance on SNY this year with 23 of NBC’s 24 scheduled regular-season games (with Week 17 TBD) set to involve at least one playoff team from last season.
CBS once again serves up two packages in The NFL on CBS and Thursday Night Football. The action will include nine doubleheader weekends on Sundays with play beginning Sept. 10, while the Thursday night primetime package kicks in on Sept. 28 with Bears/Packers. Beginning this season, the opportunity for CBS All Access and eligible pay TV subscribers to stream NFL ON CBS content on NFL digital properties also is provided.
The FOX Sports package includes 100 regular-season games, including nine editions of America’s Game of the Week. The series kicks off Week 1 as Seahawks/Packers at 4:25p and include Packers/Cowboys in Week 5; Cowboys/Redskins on Week 8, Cowboys/Falcons in Week 10, Giants/Raiders in Week 13 and Cowboys/Giants in Week 14.
ESPN’s Monday Night Football package will now see nine of the 17 MNF games feature divisional matchups with appearances be each of last year’s Super Bowl teams as well as all of last season’s playoff squads. Eight teams have two appearances each – Broncos, Chiefs, Dolphins, Eagles, Falcons, Lions, Redskins and Vikings, with play beginning with a doubleheader on Sept. 11 that will see the Saints/Vikings at 6:55p and Chargers/Broncos at 10:15p. ESPN Deportes will again offer a Spanish-language production of MNF games in 2017.