The weekly NFL schedule is filled with appealing matchups, but fans know where to look for the marquee game of the week: Sunday Night Football.
Sunday Night Football is reserved for teams poised to make some noise in the coming (or ongoing) NFL season. Later in the year, the flex policy to move big games in or out of the Sunday Night line-up helps to insure that’s still the case.
Here’s a detailed look at what to expect from another exciting season of Sunday Night Football plus the latest live odds on each week’s SNF matchup.
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When the NFL works on putting together the massive schedule each year, particular care is given to the Sunday Night Football time slot. SNF is filled with playoff teams from the prior season and those who look to be on the rise for the coming year.
Later in the year, matchups that suddenly aren’t so intriguing can be swapped out via the flex policy. A more appealing game is moved in its place, while the original contest goes to the Sunday afternoon window.
Here’s what the 2020 Sunday Night Football schedule looks like.
The SNF slate kicked off with an entertaining game between a pair of top NFC teams. The Cowboys looked poised for a potential Super Bowl run to begin the year but were surprised by the Rams, who look good to return to the postseason after missing out last year.
CenturyLink Field lit up for this primetime affair between two top squads. Week 2 of the post-Brady era in New England looked promising with Cam Newton throwing for 297 yards but Russell Wilson continued to put his stamp on the 2020 season with 5 TD passes.
The NFC is shaping up to be super-competitive this season, so this one will have big ramifications down the road. The latest duel between Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees went to Rodgers in a back-and-forth battle. The Packers remain undefeated so far in 2020 while the Saints dropped to 1-2.
Another pivotal NFC matchup took center stage as the first month of the regular season wrapped. The Eagles surprised the 49ers, looking to make it back to the Super Bowl for the second year in a row, with their first win of the season. Struggling QB Carson Wentz threw a key 4th quarter TD and Alex Singleton returned an INT for a TD to make the difference.
The talented Vikings seemed primed to turn their season around with an early advantage against the Seahawks but Russell Wilson led an inspired comeback capped by a last-second TD throw to escape with the win. An entertaining game was expected and the two squads delivered in spades.
The NFC West has evolved into one of the toughest divisions in the NFL and took center stage with this primetime tilt from the West Coast. The meeting of the last two NFC teams to reach the Super Bowl surprised as Jimmy Garopp0lo got the Niners off to a 21-6 halftime lead and the 49ers bounced back to .500 with a solid win over Jared Goff and the Rams.
The previously undefeated Seahawks rolled into Arizona high on confidence and with a well-earned reputation for pulling out strange games in the 4th quarter but Kyler Murray and the Cards turned the tables. MVP favorite Russell Wilson threw three picks and Murray rallied the Cards in the 4th and OT with three scoring drives.
However uninspiring both teams have been this year, the NFC East will likely come down to these two clubs. So even with their poor records and Dak Prescott‘s injury, this matchup between Cowboys and Eagles had lots at stake. In the end the Eagles and Carson Wentz did just enough in the second half to secure the big win and move 1.5 games ahead of Dallas in the NFC East.
Hoo boy. Brady and Brees don’t cross paths too often, so this one had the potential to be special. It was a blowout by halftime (31-0!) and ended up as the worst loss (points-wise) of Tom Brady’s career. Eep. Drew Brees and the Saints made it clear they’re still the big dog in the NFC South with 5 straight wins against the Bucs.
Surprise, surprise. The 6-2 Ravens came in the decided favorite versus the middling Pats but the defence locked down Lamar Jackson and Cam Newton delivered a couple of timely scores to pull out the victory. At 4-5 the Pats are suddenly back in the AFC playoff race.
The defending Super Bowl champion Chiefs got their revenge on the AFC West rival Raiders, who earlier in the season handed the Chiefs their only loss so far. Patrick Mahomes delivered again under the primetime lights, hitting Travis Kelce with a TD pass with under 30 seconds left to clinch the win.
On the Sunday Night after Thanksgiving, the NFL’s most historic rivalry took center stage and … it wasn’t close. The Bears and Packers have hooked up for many memorable affairs through the years but this wasn’t one of them. QB Mitch Trubisky returned for his first action since Week 3 and turned the ball over three times. Aaron Rodgers and the Pack are now 8-3 and headed to the playoffs; the Bears have lost five straight since a 5-1 start.
The Chiefs are well on their way to another AFC West crown, but the Broncos held their own in a matchup that ended up much closer than expected. After losing to the Chiefs by 27 in Week 7 the Broncos redeemed themselves somewhat with a better effort but still couldn’t overcome the combined power of Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce once again.
The AFC Playoff race has been intriguing this season with these two teams right in the thick of it. The Steelers stormed out to a perfect 11-0 start only to hit the skids the past two weeks, including against the Bills on Sunday night. The Bills have shown that they’ve officially arrived as contenders all season and did so convincingly again against the Steelers.
These long-time rivals have many NFC crowns between them, and both hoped to add to the resume in 2020 before stumbling. The 49ers and Cowboys still locked horns at Jerry World for what was a heated test for both sides with the Cowboys prevailing.
An interesting inter-conference affair got the spotlight as a lengthy holiday weekend wrapped up but the game wasn’t much of a contest. The Titans and Packers both reached the title game in their respective conferences last season but it looks like the Packers are the only team with a chance to repeat the feat in 2020.
The NFL always makes sure that the last game of the season has some kind of bearing on the playoff picture, so it was the deciding game of the NFC East that aired to end the 2020 regular season. In a down year for the NFC East the Washington Football Team needed a win to clinch the division and they got it over the struggling Eagles.
Sunday Night Football is a featured attraction at online and mobile sportsbooks. You’ll have a full range of wagering opportunities to consider, including:
Keep your eyes peeled for promotions surrounding SNF, such as special prop bet offers or odds boosts on the outcome.
Here’s an interesting way to get some extra bang for the buck: You can place a bet on the side and total at the same time, usually at positive odds. Known as a double or same-game parlay depending on the operator, you can find it among the “more wagers” option.
There’s no longer any need to take a trip to Las Vegas to find the best sports betting odds. Online sportsbooks in legal states – a list that continues to grow longer – are now providing odds right in line with what you’ll find out in the desert.
You can easily scope out the lines from multiple shops quickly and easily. Our live odds feed makes it even more painless as we gather the data from multiple sportsbooks so that you don’t have to.
If you want to take your Sunday Night Football experience to a whole new level, then be sure to check out live (in game) betting. This has become a must-have feature at legal and regulated online sportsbooks and many of them go all out for primetime NFL games.
These are bets that are placed in real time as the action unfolds, so the market moves really fast. Here’s just a sampling of what you might see.
Additionally, you’ll see additional spread, moneyline, and totals opportunities offered on the game as a whole and on certain snippets, such as just for the second half.
Sportsbook apps are a fantastic way to stay on top of these fast-moving markets, and many books have a featured section that’s dedicated solely to current and upcoming live betting opportunities.
Historically, home favorites have been the safer bet in NFL primetime games, but this can vary on a season-to-season basis. This is especially true when we’re talking about moneyline versus point spread, so there’s unfortunately no hard and fast rule to lean on.
However, that doesn’t mean we’re completely out of luck when hunting for an edge. Here’s a handful of factors that could impact the proceedings.
Since 2006, SNF has made its home on NBC. A featured attraction of the NFL week, we have seen dozens of great games and impressive individual performances underneath the bright primetime lights. Here are some notable facts and figures to consider.
NBC is the exclusive broadcast home for NFL Sunday Night Football. The primetime game has been in the network family since 2006 when NBC took over its coverage from ESPN.
SNF is generally viewed as the marquee game of the NFL week, and league schedule makers do their best to ensure that’s the case. Upon the initial release of the schedule, the Sunday Night Football slot is filled with appealing matchups.
As the season moves along, games that looked great in advance of the season may suddenly not be so appealing. However, there’s an escape hatch for NBC in the form of flex scheduling.
This means that a game can be bumped up from the afternoon slate while the originally scheduled contest swaps places. It’s done to make sure that there’s a compelling game in the premiere broadcast window for the league.
The flex policy becomes all the more important when Week 17 rolls around. SNF serves as the final game of the regular season, so the NFL does its best to make sure the game has playoff implications.
NBC is one of the big four broadcast networks. As a result, it’s a staple of various cable, satellite, and cord cutting packages. The network has a vast reach and affiliates in multiple states, so the feed can be picked up with an HD antenna in multiple areas as well.
Streaming coverage is provided by the network for both online and mobile consumers. The former can visit NBCSports.com, while the NBC Sports App is where you can find coverage of the game on the go. The Yahoo Sports app also has a feed for NFL primetime games.
Since the 2009 season, it has been the same voices calling the action on Sunday Night Football. Al Michaels handles the play-by-play duties, a role he has filled since NBC took over coverage of SNF in 2006.
Cris Collinsworth provides the color analysis. He has been locked into the spot since 2009 when he replaced the legendary John Madden, who retired after filling the analyst role from 2006-09. Michelle Tafoya handles sideline reporting duties for SNF.
We’ve been treated to a ton of thrills through the years on Sunday Night Football, but some have naturally just been bigger than others. Here’s a look back at five of the biggest in SNF history.
Patriots pulled out a last-second win over the Chiefs in a thriller. Brady gets his 200th win in first-ever meeting with Mahomes.
Odell Beckham Jr.’s one-handed catch nearly broke the internet, but it was the Cowboys getting the better of the Giants in the end.
The two gunslingers traded TD passes on opening week in 2011 with three each, but it was the Packers who came out on top.
A defensive slugfest between two division rivals resulted in perhaps the most entertaining 13-10 game of all time.
Peyton and Eli Manning faced off for the first time as the Colts and Giants locked horns. Big brother and company came out on top.
After its debut in 1970, Monday Night Football became a runaway smash hit. It wasn’t too long before it was being regarded as the marquee game of the week. Each stop on the MNF tour was an event in and of itself.
It remained that way for decades. The expansion of cable television and the internet, as well as the fact that the NFL started broadcasting on Sunday nights, started to take a little bit of the bloom off of the rose.
In 2006, NBC acquired the rights to Sunday Night Football, taking over from ESPN. It worked into a double switch as MNF moved over from ABC to ESPN at the same time. Since NBC is a broadcast outlet while ESPN is cable, the former technically has a larger reach.
The NFL started giving preference to the SNF broadcast window while building out the schedule. The ratings have proven that to be a wise decision. MNF remains a popular attraction, but it has been surpassed by its Sunday night counterpart for marquee status.
See the current MNF schedule & real-time Monday Night Football odds here.
Back in 1987, the NFL decided to make Sunday Night Football a regular thing to fully maximize the league’s broadcast exposure. Prior to that, there was the occasional special Sunday evening game, but the bulk of the action took place in the afternoon with the primetime lights reserved for Monday Night Football.
It started with games held on Sunday evening over the latter part of the season. ESPN was the broadcast partner, but TNT would join the fray to split things up a few years later when it was expanded to the full season.
Starting in 1998, ESPN had the full rights to the SNF package. That remained the case until 2006 when NBC took over. However, ESPN got a nice consolation prize as Monday Night Football was moved over to its airwaves from sister network ABC around the same time.
The modern era of SNF stretches back to 2006 when NBC took over the broadcast package from NBC. Since that time, several teams have been regular fixtures of the game. Others? Not so much. Here’s a look at the records of all NFL teams on SNF over that span.
|New England Patriots||34||21-13|
|Green Bay Packers||33||16-17|
|New York Giants||28||11-17|
|New Orleans Saints||19||15-4|
|Kansas City Chiefs||15||6-9|
|Washington Football Team||15||7-8|
|Los Angeles Chargers||13||8-5|
|San Francisco 49ers||12||5-7|
|New York Jets||6||3-3|
|Los Angeles Rams||6||3-3|
|Las Vegas Raiders||5||2-3|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||2||1-1|
From Week 1 through 17 of the NFL regular season, Sunday Night Football comes our way at 8:20 P.M. The standalone primetime affair kicks off at the same time every week and is preceded by NBC’s Football Night in America at 7 P.M.
The studio show previews SNF with lots of time also devoted to highlights from the earlier NFL games and league news. Mike Tirico serves as host with Rodney Harrison and Tony Dungy on board as the main analysts, along with a cast of regular contributors.