The NFL and its players may still be in a lock-out, but the league’s programming partners — CBS, FOX, NBC and ESPN — have none the less announced their 2011 NFL programming schedules. Click over the jump to read their respective press releases.
CBS SPORTS MARKS 52nd YEAR OF NFL COVERAGE AS
NETWORK ANNOUNCES 2011 “NFL ON CBS” BROADCAST SCHEDULE
AFC Champions Pittsburgh Steelers and Indianapolis Colts Appear Nine Times, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens and San Diego Chargers to Appear 10 Times; Jacksonville Jaguars and Kansas City Chiefs to Appear 11 Times; Oakland Raiders, Denver Broncos and Miami Dolphins Slated for 12 Appearances
Traditional AFC Rivalries, Key AFC-NFC Match-Ups and Thanksgiving Day Game Highlight CBS Television Network’s NFL Schedule
The CBS Television Network, marking its 52nd year of coverage of the NFL, will broadcast a total of 106 games during its 17 weeks of regular-season coverage of the NFL’s American Football Conference. The regular-season schedule is followed by a full post-season slate including an AFC Wild Card playoff game on January 8, 2012, two divisional playoff games on January 14 and January 15 and the AFC Championship Game on January 22.
► AFC CHAMPIONS PITTSBURGH AND AFC SOUTH CHAMPIONS INDIANAPOLIS SLATED FOR NINE APPEARANCES; AFC EAST CHAMPIONS NEW ENGLAND, NEW YORK JETS, BALTIMORE AND SAN DIEGO SLATED FOR 10 APPEARANCES; WHILE AFC WEST CHAMPIONS KANSAS CITY AND JACKSONVILLE SLATED TO MAKE 11
Last year’s Super Bowl XLV runner-up and AFC Champions Pittsburgh Steelers and AFC South Champions Indianapolis Colts will appear nine times each on THE NFL ON CBS, along with AFC East Champions New England Patriots, New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens and San Diego Chargers will make 10 appearances each; AFC West Champions Kansas City Chiefs and the Jacksonville Jaguars will make 11 appearances each; the Oakland Raiders, Denver Broncos and Miami Dolphins will appear 12 times each; the Houston Texans and Cleveland Browns 13 times each; and the Cincinnati Bengals, Tennessee Titans and Buffalo Bills 14 times each.
► NINE CBS DOUBLEHEADER WEEKENDS
THE NFL ON CBS’s 2011 broadcast schedule, which includes nine doubleheader weekends, features several of last year’s powerhouse teams in the AFC and key AFC-NFC match-ups including New England-Pittsburgh (10/30); New England-Philadelphia (11/27); New York Jets-Philadelphia (12/18); San Diego-New England (9/18); Indianapolis-Baltimore (12/11); San Diego-Chicago (11/20); San Diego-New York Jets (10/23); Denver-Green Bay (10/2); Kansas City-Chicago (12/4); New York Jets-Oakland (9/25); Buffalo-New York Giants (10/16); Miami-New York Giants (10/30); Buffalo-Dallas (11/13); New York Jets-Washington (12/4) and New England-Washington (12/11).
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► AFC DIVISIONAL RIVALRIES
Along with near-weekly divisional battles, AFC games highlighted include interdivision rivalries in the North in Week 1 with Pittsburgh-Baltimore (9/11); in the East in Week 5 with New York Jets-New England (10/9); and Week 17 with teams from the four AFC Divisions squaring off against each other in games that could have major playoff implications: New York Jets-Miami, Buffalo-New England, Baltimore-Cincinnati, Pittsburgh-Cleveland, Tennessee-Houston, Indianapolis-Jacksonville, Kansas City-Denver and San Diego-Oakland (1/1/12).
► THANKSGIVING DAY GAME
Thanksgiving Day (11/24) will feature the Miami Dolphins at Dallas Cowboys.
► OPENING KICK-OFF
THE NFL ON CBS kicks off Week 1 with singleheader coverage on Sunday, Sept. 11 (12:00 Noon-4:00 PM, ET) beginning with THE NFL TODAY, the Network’s pre-game studio show.
The day’s NFL action is highlighted by AFC North rivals Pittsburgh at Baltimore and the “Battle of Ohio” with Cincinnati taking on Cleveland. Other regional action that day on THE NFL ON CBS includes Indianapolis-Houston, Tennessee-Jacksonville and Buffalo-Kansas City games live on the CBS Television Network.
CBS Sports’ NFL pre-season schedule begins Friday, Aug. 26 (8:00 PM, ET) live in prime time with the Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers take on the Indianapolis Colts. The Network’s second pre-season game sees the New England Patriots visiting the Detroit Lions live in prime time on Saturday, Aug. 27 (8:00 PM, ET) on the CBS Television Network.
Jim Nantz and Phil Simms are the lead announce team for the Network’s coverage of THE NFL ON CBS. THE NFL TODAY, CBS Sports’ NFL pre-game, halftime and post-game studio show, begins on Sunday, Sept. 11 (12:00 Noon-1:00 PM, ET) with host James Brown, along with analysts Dan Marino, Boomer Esiason, Shannon Sharpe and Bill Cowher.
Sean McManus is Chairman, CBS Sports and serves as the executive producer of CBS Sports’ coverage of the NFL. Harold Bryant is Vice President, Production, CBS Sports.
Following is the complete 2011 CBS Sports NFL broadcast schedule.
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2011 CBS SPORTS NFL BROADCAST SCHEDULE
(all times ET)
WEEK 1 – SUNDAY, SEPT. 11
Pittsburgh @ Baltimore 1:00
Cincinnati @ Cleveland 1:00
Indianapolis @ Houston 1:00
Tennessee @ Jacksonville 1:00
Buffalo @ Kansas City 1:00
WEEK 2 – SUNDAY, SEPT. 18 – CBS DBHDR
Kansas City @ Detroit 1:00
Oakland @ Buffalo 1:00
Baltimore @ Tennessee 1:00
Jacksonville @ N.Y. Jets 1:00
Cleveland @ Indianapolis 1:00
San Diego @ New England 4:15
Cincinnati @ Denver 4:15
Houston @ Miami 4:15
WEEK 3 – SUNDAY, SEPT. 25
Jacksonville @ Carolina 1:00
Houston @ New Orleans 1:00
New England @ Buffalo 1:00
Miami @ Cleveland 1:00
Denver @ Tennessee 1:00
N.Y. Jets @ Oakland 4:05
Kansas City @ San Diego 4:05
Baltimore @ St. Louis 4:05
WEEK 4 – SUNDAY, OCT. 2 – CBS DBHDR
Buffalo @ Cincinnati 1:00
Tennessee @ Cleveland 1:00
Pittsburgh @ Houston 1:00
Denver @ Green Bay 4:15
New England @ Oakland 4:15
Miami @ San Diego 4:15
WEEK 5 – SUNDAY, OCT. 9 – CBS DBHDR
Tennessee @ Pittsburgh 1:00
Oakland @ Houston 1:00
Kansas City @ Indianapolis 1:00
Cincinnati @ Jacksonville 1:00
N.Y. Jets @ New England 4:15
San Diego @ Denver 4:15
WEEK 6 – SUNDAY, OCT. 16
Buffalo @ N.Y. Giants 1:00
Indianapolis @ Cincinnati 1:00
Jacksonville @ Pittsburgh 1:00
Cleveland @ Oakland 4:05
Houston @ Baltimore 4:05
WEEK 7 – SUNDAY, OCT. 23
Denver @ Miami 1:00
San Diego @ N.Y. Jets 1:00
Houston @ Tennessee 1:00
Pittsburgh @ Arizona 4:05
Kansas City @ Oakland 4:05
WEEK 8 – SUNDAY, OCT. 30 – CBS DBHDR
Miami @ N.Y. Giants 1:00
Jacksonville @ Houston 1:00
Indianapolis @ Tennessee 1:00
New England @ Pittsburgh 4:15
Cleveland @ San Francisco 4:15
Cincinnati @ Seattle 4:15
WEEK 9 – SUNDAY, NOV. 6
N.Y. Jets @ Buffalo 1:00
Cleveland @ Houston 1:00
Miami @ Kansas City 1:00
Denver @ Oakland 4:05
Cincinnati @ Tennessee 4:05
WEEK 10 – SUNDAY, NOV. 13
Buffalo @ Dallas 1:00
Tennessee @ Carolina 1:00
Houston @ Tampa Bay 1:00
Pittsburgh @ Cincinnati 1:00
Jacksonville @ Indianapolis 1:00
Denver @ Kansas City 1:00
Baltimore @ Seattle 4:05
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WEEK 11 – SUNDAY, NOV. 20 – CBS DBHDR
Oakland @ Minnesota 1:00
Tennessee @ Atlanta 1:00
Buffalo @ Miami 1:00
Jacksonville @ Cleveland 1:00
Cincinnati @ Baltimore 1:00
San Diego @ Chicago 4:15
WEEK 12 – THURSDAY, NOV. 24 THANKSGIVING DAY
Miami @ Dallas 4:15
WEEK 12 – SUNDAY, NOV. 27 – CBS DBHDR
Buffalo @ N.Y. Jets 1:00
Cleveland @ Cincinnati 1:00
Houston @ Jacksonville 1:00
New England @ Philadelphia 4:15
Denver @ San Diego 4:15
WEEK 13 – SUNDAY, DEC. 4
N.Y. Jets @ Washington 1:00
Kansas City @ Chicago 1:00
Tennessee @ Buffalo 1:00
Oakland @ Miami 1:00
Baltimore @ Cleveland 1:00
Cincinnati @ Pittsburgh 1:00
Denver @ Minnesota 4:05
WEEK 14 – SUNDAY, DEC. 11 – CBS DBHDR
New England @ Washington 1:00
Oakland @ Green Bay 1:00
Kansas City @ N.Y. Jets 1:00
Houston @ Cincinnati 1:00
Indianapolis @ Baltimore 1:00
Buffalo @ San Diego 4:15
WEEK 15 – SUNDAY, DEC. 18 – CBS DBHDR
Cincinnati @ St. Louis 1:00
Miami @ Buffalo 1:00
Tennessee @ Indianapolis 1:00
N.Y. Jets @ Philadelphia 4:15
Cleveland @ Arizona 4:15
New England @ Denver 4:15
WEEK 16 – SATURDAY, DEC. 24
CHRISTMAS EVE DAY
Denver @ Buffalo 1:00
Miami @ New England 1:00
Cleveland @ Baltimore 1:00
Jacksonville @ Tennessee 1:00
Oakland @ Kansas City 1:00
San Diego @ Detroit 4:05
WEEK 17 – SUNDAY, JAN. 1, 2012 – CBS DBHDR
NEW YEAR’S DAY
N.Y. Jets @ Miami 1:00
Buffalo @ New England 1:00
Baltimore @ Cincinnati 1:00
Pittsburgh @ Cleveland 1:00
Tennessee @ Houston 1:00
Indianapolis @ Jacksonville 1:00
Kansas City @ Denver 4:15
San Diego @ Oakland 4:15
AFC WILD CARD PLAYOFF GAME –
SUNDAY, JAN. 8
AFC DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS –
SATURDAY, JAN. 14 & SUNDAY, JAN. 15
AFC CHAMPIONSHIP – SUNDAY, JAN. 22
2011 NFL ON FOX SEASON KICKS OFF SEPT. 11th
Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers Featured 10 Times Including Thanksgiving Day Clash with the Detroit Lions
Bears and Buccaneers Headline London Matchup on Sunday, October 23
NFL on FOX Looks to Build on Last Year’s Record-Setting Season With
Playoff Teams Making 70 Appearances on 2011 Schedule
New York – The 18th season of the NFL on FOX premieres Sunday, Sept. 11 with doubleheader coverage of seven games including an NFC East showdown between Eli Manning’s New York Giants and the Washington Redskins. Week 1 action begins with a clash between last season’s NFC South Champion Atlanta Falcons led by Pro Bowl quarterback Matt Ryan traveling to Soldier Field to face the reigning NFC North Champion Chicago Bears.
At present, FOX Sports is scheduled to broadcast 108 regular-season games, including nine editions of AMERICA’S GAME OF THE WEEK (NFL on FOX’s national doubleheader window) and the traditional Thanksgiving Day game this year featuring Aaron Rodgers and the Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers against the Detroit Lions.
On Sunday, Oct. 23, FOX Sports heads to the United Kingdom for a special presentation as the Bears take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This is the fifth time an NFL game has been played in London, and the second time FOX Sports has broadcast a game overseas. The 4:00 PM ET game anchoring the doubleheader coverage features the Packers traveling to Minnesota to face the Vikings in an NFC North rivalry game.
Viewers can look forward to many exciting matchups on the NFL on FOX schedule including the Sunday, Sept. 25 rematch of the NFC Championship game between the Packers and the Bears. Other key dates include two clashes in Foxboro beginning on Sunday, Oct. 16 with Tony Romo and the Cowboys taking on Tom Brady’s Patriots followed by a Week 9 matchup on Sunday, Nov. 6 between the Giants and New England. As the regular season reaches its final stretch, FOX Sports heads to New Meadowlands Stadium on Sunday, Dec. 4 as the Packers visit the Giants followed by a Week 16 marquee doubleheader on Saturday, Dec. 24 starting with a New York showdown between the Giants and Jets followed by Michael Vick leading the Philadelphia Eagles into Dallas in a game that could have a pivotal impact on the NFC playoff picture.
Each week, coverage begins with FOX NFL SUNDAY (12:00-1:00 PM ET/9:00-10:00 AM PT), America’s most-watched pregame show for 17-straight seasons. Terry Bradshaw and Curt Menefee return as co-hosts alongside analysts Howie Long, Jimmy Johnson and Michael Strahan, NFL insider Jay Glazer and comedian Frank Caliendo. Since its premiere in September 1994, FOX NFL SUNDAY has won 20 Emmy Awards for its production and personalities, including four for Outstanding Studio Show.
The 2010 NFL season was one for the record books for FOX Sports. The regular season averaged 20.1 million viewers, surpassing the previous NFL on FOX record of 19.1 million set in 2009 by a million viewers. In household ratings, the NFL on FOX 2010 season averaged an 11.8/24, its best rating in 15 years (12.5/29 in 1995). FOX Sports once again out-rated all other NFL rightsholders including The League’s prime-time over-the-air package. FOX Sports holds the distinction of being home to the No. 1 television program in the country (AMERICA’S GAME OF THE WEEK) and the NFL’s top pregame (FOX NFL SUNDAY) and postgame (THE OT) shows.
All NFL on FOX games are produced and broadcast in state-of-the-art HD beginning with three preseason broadcasts in August straight through coverage of the NFC’s postseason.
The 2011 NFL on FOX season includes 70 appearances of last season’s playoff teams, including 10 games featuring the Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers. The NFC West Champion Seattle Seahawks and the NFC Wild Card New Orleans Saints each play 11 games on FOX, while the Bears and Giants play 10 and the Falcons, Eagles and Cowboys are each scheduled for nine games.
Once the playoff teams are determined, the NFL on FOX presents exclusive live postseason coverage, including an NFC Wild Card Game on Sunday, Jan. 8, the NFC Divisional Playoffs, Saturday, Jan. 14 and Sunday, Jan. 15, and the NFC Championship Game on Sunday, Jan. 22.
The NFL on FOX’s 18th season of coverage begins with three prime-time preseason contests beginning on Friday, Aug. 12 (8:00 PM ET) with the defending AFC West Champion Kansas City Chiefs hosting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. That game is followed up by back-to-back night coverage in Week 2. Michael Vick and the Eagles travel to Heinz Field on Thursday, Aug. 18 (8:00 PM ET) to take on Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers. FOX Sports keeps it rolling the next night with Matt Ryan and the reigning NFC South Champion Atlanta Falcons heading to Jacksonville to face the Jaguars on Friday, Aug. 19 (8:00 PM ET).
Following is a complete list of games on the 2011 NFL on FOX regular and postseason broadcast schedules.
2011 NFL ON FOX BROADCAST SCHEDULE
(ALL TIMES ET)
Sunday, September 11
(FOX NFL SUNDAY Doubleheader)
1:00 PM Atlanta Falcons at Chicago Bears
Detroit Lions at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Philadelphia Eagles at St. Louis Rams
4:15 PM New York Giants at Washington Redskins
Carolina Panthers at Arizona Cardinals
Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers
Minnesota Vikings at San Diego Chargers
Sunday, September 18
1:00 PM Arizona Cardinals at Washington Redskins
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Minnesota Vikings
Green Bay Packers at Carolina Panthers
Chicago Bears at New Orleans Saints
Seattle Seahawks at Pittsburgh Steelers
4:05 PM Dallas Cowboys at San Francisco 49ers
Sunday, September 25
(FOX NFL SUNDAY Doubleheader)
1:00 PM New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles
Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings
San Francisco 49ers at Cincinnati Bengals
4:15 PM Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears
Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks
Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Sunday, October 2
1:00 PM Detroit Lions at Dallas Cowboys
San Francisco 49ers at Philadelphia Eagles
Carolina Panthers at Chicago Bears
Washington Redskins at St. Louis Rams
New Orleans Saints at Jacksonville Jaguars
Minnesota Vikings at Kansas City Chiefs
4:05 PM New York Giants at Arizona Cardinals
Atlanta Falcons at Seattle Seahawks
Sunday, October 9
1:00 PM Seattle Seahawks at New York Giants
Arizona Cardinals at Minnesota Vikings
New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers
Philadelphia Eagles at Buffalo Bills
4:05 PM Tampa Bay Buccaneers at San Francisco 49ers
Sunday, October 16
(FOX NFL SUNDAY Doubleheader)
1:00 PM Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins
San Francisco 49ers at Detroit Lions
St. Louis Rams at Green Bay Packers
Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons
4:15 PM Dallas Cowboys at New England Patriots
New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Sunday, October 23
(FOX NFL SUNDAY Doubleheader)
1:00 PM Atlanta Falcons at Detroit Lions
Washington Redskins at Carolina Panthers
Chicago Bears at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (London)
Seattle Seahawks at Cleveland Browns
4:15 PM St. Louis Rams at Dallas Cowboys
Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings
Sunday, October 30
1:00 PM Minnesota Vikings at Carolina Panthers
New Orleans Saints at St. Louis Rams
Arizona Cardinals at Baltimore Ravens
4:05 PM Detroit Lions at Denver Broncos
Washington Redskins at Buffalo Bills (Toronto)
Sunday, November 6
(FOX NFL SUNDAY Doubleheader)
1:00 PM Seattle Seahawks at Dallas Cowboys
San Francisco 49ers at Washington Redskins
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints
Atlanta Falcons at Indianapolis Colts
4:15 PM New York Giants at New England Patriots
Green Bay Packers at San Diego Chargers
St. Louis Rams at Arizona Cardinals
Sunday, November 13*
(FOX NFL SUNDAY Doubleheader)
1:00 PM Arizona Cardinals at Philadelphia Eagles
Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears
New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons
Washington Redskins at Miami Dolphins
St. Louis Rams at Cleveland Browns
4:15 PM New York Giants at San Francisco 49ers
Sunday, November 20*
1:00 PM Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins
Carolina Panthers at Detroit Lions
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Green Bay Packers
4:05 PM Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers
Seattle Seahawks at St. Louis Rams
Thursday, November 24 (THANKSGIVING DAY)
12:30 PM Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions
Sunday, November 27*
1:00 PM Minnesota Vikings at Atlanta Falcons
Arizona Cardinals at St. Louis Rams
Carolina Panthers at Indianapolis Colts
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Tennessee Titans
4:05 PM Washington Redskins at Seattle Seahawks
Chicago Bears at Oakland Raiders
Sunday, December 4*
(FOX NFL SUNDAY Doubleheader)
1:00 PM Detroit Lions at New Orleans Saints
Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Atlanta Falcons at Houston Texans
4:15 PM Green Bay Packers at New York Giants
Dallas Cowboys at Arizona Cardinals
St. Louis Rams at San Francisco 49ers
Sunday, December 11*
1:00 PM Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions
Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers
Philadelphia Eagles at Miami Dolphins
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Jacksonville Jaguars
New Orleans Saints at Tennessee Titans
4:05 PM San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals
Chicago Bears at Denver Broncos
Sunday, December 18*
1:00 PM Washington Redskins at New York Giants
Seattle Seahawks at Chicago Bears
New Orleans Saints at Minnesota Vikings
Carolina Panthers at Houston Texans
Green Bay Packers at Kansas City Chiefs
4:05 PM Detroit Lions at Oakland Raiders
Saturday, December 24
(FOX NFL SATURDAY Doubleheader)
1:00 PM New York Giants at New York Jets
Minnesota Vikings at Washington Redskins
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers
Arizona Cardinals at Cincinnati Bengals
St. Louis Rams at Pittsburgh Steelers
4:15 PM Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys
San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks
Sunday, January 1*
(FOX NFL SUNDAY & CBS Doubleheader)
1:00 PM Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants
Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles
Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers
Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons
Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints
San Francisco 49ers at St. Louis Rams
4:15 PM Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals
Sunday, January 8, 2012
NFC Wild Card Game (teams, site & time to be determined)
Saturday, January 14, 2012
NFC Divisional Playoff Game (teams, site & time to be determined)
Sunday, January 15, 2012
NFC Divisional Playoff Game (teams, site & time to be determined)
Sunday, January 22, 2012
NFC Championship Game (teams, site & time to be determined)
2011 “Sunday Night Football” SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED
NFL Season Begins on NBC with Thursday NFL Kickoff Featuring the Last Two Super Bowl Champions (Saints at Packers) and Ends on NBC with Super Bowl XLVI From Indianapolis
Jets Host Cowboys in Opening SNF Game on 10th Anniversary of 9/11
Storied Rivalries Including Cowboys-Eagles, Colts-Patriots, Bears-Packers, Giants-Cowboys, Patriots-Jets, Ravens-Steelers, Eagles-Giants
NEW YORK – April 19, 2011 – Storied rivalries including Giants-Cowboys, Bears-Packers on Christmas Night at Lambeau, Colts-Patriots, Steelers-Ravens, Cowboys-Eagles, Patriots-Jets and Eagles-Giants; a matchup of the last two Super Bowl Champions as the Packers host the Saints in the opening Thursday night game; and Peyton Manning returning home to New Orleans in a Super Bowl XLV rematch highlight the “Sunday Night Football” schedule as the NFL announced its 2011 slate of games today. The season concludes on NBC with Super Bowl XLVI from Indianapolis.
Highlights of the 2011 “Sunday Night Football” schedule:
Sixteen of NBC’s 17 scheduled games involve at least one playoff team from last season; 11 of 17 include two playoff teams.
The last two Super Bowl Champions, Saints and Packers, meet in the Thursday night NFL opening game.
A rematch of last year’s NFC Championship game between the Packers and Bears on Christmas Night in Green Bay, the oldest rivalry in the NFL. The only other time Bears-Packers met on Christmas Day was in 2005 with the Bears winning 24-17 at Lambeau Field.
Peyton Manning goes home to New Orleans as Saints host Colts in Week 7 in a rematch of Super Bowl XLV.
Rex Ryan’s Rivals: Meets brother Rob (Dallas defensive coordinator) and the Cowboys in Week 1 in New York on the 10th anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001; Ryan faces his old team, the Ravens in Week 4; and his nemesis the Patriots in Week 10, in a rematch of last year’s AFC Divisional playoff game.
Three matchups among bitter NFC East rivals: Cowboys-Eagles, Eagles-Giants, and Giants-Cowboys.
Eagles QB Michael Vick goes back to Atlanta to face his former team for the first time as an opposing starting quarterback in Week 2.
Traditional “Sunday Night Football” rivalries: Colts-Patriots (Week 13), Ravens-Steelers (Week 9).
The first “NBC Sunday Night Football” trip to Kansas City as Chiefs host Steelers in Week 12.
DICK EBERSOL, CHAIRMAN, NBC SPORTS GROUP: “We are pleased to have another terrific schedule for ‘Sunday Night Football.’ The incredible success The League has enjoyed with every television partner (ESPN, CBS, Fox, NFL Network) experiencing increases each of the last three seasons is a testament to The League focusing its entire scheduling process to maximize viewership. The NFL remains the most powerful content in the entire sports and entertainment universe.”
SNF DOMINATED SUNDAY NIGHTS: Last season, “Sunday Night Football” was the No. 1 show all 18 nights (100 percent) vs. its competition (16 Sundays, one Tuesday and one Thursday). In 2009, SNF was the most-watched Sunday night primetime broadcast in a then-record 15 of 16 (94 percent) weeks. In 2008, SNF won 13 of 16 (81 percent) Sunday nights. In 2007, SNF won 11 of 16 (69 percent) and, in 2006, SNF won nine of 16 (56 percent).
For the full season, “Sunday Night Football” averaged 21.8 million viewers, a gain of 12 percent from 2009 (19.4 million) and the best viewership for the NFL’s premier primetime broadcast package in 14 years.
SNF NO. 1 PRIMETIME PROGRAM FOR SEASON: For the primetime television season, “Sunday Night Football,” during its season, ranked as the most-watched show (persons 2+) and the No. 1 program across the key demographics of Adults 18-49, 18-34, 25-54 as well as Men 18-49, 18-34 and 25-54, based on Nielsen live + same day data. Additionally, SNF was the No. 3 show among Women 18-34 behind only Grey’s Anatomy and Glee, and, remarkably, No. 3 among Women 18-49 behind only Dancing with the Stars and Grey’s Anatomy.
NFL OPENING KICKOFF: In a tradition that began in 2004, the Super Bowl champion annually hosts the following season’s Thursday night season kickoff. The NFL will open this season on NBC, Thursday, Sept. 8, with a matchup of the last two Super Bowl Champions as the Packers host the Saints. Last year’s opening game featuring the Vikings at Saints drew 27.5 million viewers, the most-watched regular-season primetime NFL game ever on NBC.
In the first “Sunday Night Football” contest of the season the Jets host the Cowboys on the 10th anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001.
2011 “Sunday Night Football” SCHEDULE
Thurs. Sept. 8 NFL Kickoff New Orleans Saints at Green Bay Packers
Sun. Sept. 11 Week 1 Dallas Cowboys at New York Jets
Sun. Sept. 18 Week 2 Philadelphia Eagles at Atlanta Falcons
Sun. Sept. 25 Week 3 Pittsburgh Steelers at Indianapolis Colts
Sun. Oct. 2 Week 4 New York Jets at Baltimore Ravens
Sun. Oct. 9 Week 5 Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons
Sun. Oct. 16 Week 6 Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears
Sun. Oct. 23 Week 7 Indianapolis Colts at New Orleans Saints
Sun. Oct. 30 Week 8 Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles
Sun. Nov. 6 Week 9 Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers
Sun. Nov. 13 Week 10 New England Patriots at New York Jets
Sun. Nov. 20 *Week 11 Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants
Sun. Nov. 27 *Week 12 Pittsburgh Steelers at Kansas City Chiefs
Sun. Dec. 4 *Week 13 Indianapolis Colts at New England Patriots
Sun. Dec. 11 *Week 14 New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys
Sun. Dec. 18 *Week 15 Baltimore Ravens at San Diego Chargers
Sun. Dec. 25 *Week 16 Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers
Sun. Jan. 1 *Week 17 TBA
“FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA”: ‘Football Night,’ which enjoyed its best viewership ever last season averaging 8.3 million viewers, begins NBC’s NFL coverage every Sunday at 7 p.m. ET.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 8 – NFL KICKOFF 2011
New Orleans Saints vs. Green Bay Packers (Lambeau Field, Green Bay Wisc.)
In a tradition that began in 2004, the Super Bowl champion annually hosts the following season’s Thursday night season kickoff. This year, the last two Super Bowl champions meet as the Packers, who thrilled Titletown with their first Super Bowl championship in 13 years, host the Saints, who helped to heal the city of New Orleans with their victory in Super Bowl XLVI.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 11 – WEEK ONE
Dallas Cowboys at New York Jets (Meadowlands Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.)
“Sunday Night Football” kicks off its season with the New York Jets, who have advanced to the AFC Championship Game each of the last two seasons, hosting America’s Team, the Dallas Cowboys. An interesting sidebar to this game is the battle of the brothers as Jets head coach Rex Ryan goes against brother Rob, the defensive coordinator for the Cowboys. The game is scheduled to be played on the 10th anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 18 – WEEK TWO
Philadelphia Eagles at Atlanta Falcons (Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Ga.)
Eagles quarterback Michael Vick played six seasons in Atlanta. He returns for the first time as a starting quarterback as the defending NFC East champion Eagles take on Matt Ryan and the NFC South champion Falcons. The Eagles defeated the Falcons 31-17 last season when the two teams met in Philadelphia.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 25 – WEEK THREE
Pittsburgh Steelers at Indianapolis Colts (Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Ind.)
A matchup of two of the top teams in the NFL over the last decade and two of The League’s marquee quarterbacks as Peyton Manning leads the defending AFC South champion Colts against Ben Roethlisberger and the AFC Champion Steelers. The two teams have combined to win three of the last six Super Bowls with the Colts advancing to the playoffs in each of the last 11 seasons. The Steelers, who lost to the Packers in Super Bowl XLV, have played in three of the last six Super Bowls, winning two of them.
SUNDAY, OCT. 2 – WEEK FOUR
New York Jets at Baltimore Ravens (M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Md.)
Rex Ryan goes back to Baltimore for the first time as head coach of the New York Jets to face the Ravens, where he served as a defensive coach for 10 years, the last five as defensive coordinator. This matchup of the two AFC Wild Card teams from last season features two of the NFL’s top young quarterbacks in the Jets’ Mark Sanchez and the Ravens’ Joe Flacco.
SUNDAY OCT. 9 – WEEK FIVE
Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons (Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Ga.)
“Sunday Night Football” returns to Atlanta for the second time in four weeks with a rematch of last year’s NFC Divisional playoffs, which the Super Bowl champion Packers won 48-21. Matt Ryan leads the Falcons, who were an NFC best 13-3 last season, against the Packers and their Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers.
SUNDAY, OCT. 16 – WEEK SIX
Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears (Soldier Field, Chicago, Ill.)
A classic NFC North battle as the defending division champion Bears led by QB Jay Cutler take on Adrian Peterson and the Vikings, who missed out on the playoffs last year for the first time in three years.
SUNDAY, OCT. 23 – WEEK SEVEN
Indianapolis Colts at New Orleans Saints (Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, La.)
Peyton Manning returns to play in his hometown of New Orleans for the first time since 2003 in a rematch of Super Bowl XLIV, as he leads the defending AFC South champion Colts against Drew Brees and the Saints. This marks the second straight year New Orleans will host a game that will go head-to-head against a World Series game.
SUNDAY, OCT. 30 – WEEK EIGHT
Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles (Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pa.)
In the first of three classic NFC East rivalries on the “Sunday Night Football” schedule, Tony Romo leads the Dallas Cowboys into Philadelphia to take on Vick and the defending NFC East champion Eagles. The Cowboys missed the playoffs last season after reaching the postseason in three of the previous four seasons. Last year’s Eagles-Cowboys game on SNF in Week 14 drew 25.73 million viewers, making it the most watched “Sunday Night Football” game ever.
SUNDAY, NOV. 6 – WEEK NINE
Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers (Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pa.)
This game is one of the fiercest rivalries in the NFL. They split their head-to-head meetings in the regular season last year with the Ravens winning 17-14 in Week 4 in Pittsburgh and the Steelers taking the Week 13 matchup 13-10 in Baltimore. They then met in the AFC Divisional playoffs in Pittsburgh with the Steelers advancing to the AFC Championship game by defeating the Ravens 31-24.
SUNDAY, NOV. 13 – WEEK 10
New England Patriots at New York Jets (Meadowlands Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.)
This has become one of the most anticipated matchups each season. The two teams split their regular season games last year with the Jets defeating the Pats in 28-14 in Week 2 at the Meadowlands and the Pats blowing out the Jets 45-3 in Week 13 when both teams came into the game with identical 9-2 records. The two teams then met again in the AFC Divisional playoffs with the Jets defeating the Pats 28-21 to advance to the AFC Championship Game.
SUNDAY, NOV. 20 – WEEK 11
Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants (Meadowlands Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.)
This NFC East division rivalry returns to the Meadowlands where, in Week 15 last season, the Eagles scored 28 points in the last 7:28 of the fourth quarter, capped by DeSean Jackson’s 65-yard punt return on the last play of the game, to defeat the Giants 38-31 at the Meadowlands, likely costing the Giants a spot in the postseason.
SUNDAY, NOV. 27 – WEEK 12
Pittsburgh Steelers at Kansas City Chiefs (Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Mo.)
“Sunday Night Football” heads to Kansas City, a town known for its rabid support of its football team, for the first time ever. The defending AFC West Champion Chiefs, one of the surprise teams in the NFL last season, host the defending AFC Champion Steelers.
SUNDAY, DEC. 4 – WEEK 13
Indianapolis Colts at New England Patriots (Gillette Stadium, Foxboro Mass.)
In what has become perhaps the most anticipated game on the NFL schedule each season, Tom Brady and the Patriots face Peyton Manning and the Colts for the ninth straight year. Manning and Brady have combined for six of the last eight NFL MVP awards.
SUNDAY, DEC. 11 – WEEK 14
New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys (Dallas Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas)
The Giants and Cowboys meet for the first time on “Sunday Night Football” since the inaugural game in the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Week 2 of the 2009 season. That game drew 24.8 million viewers, which made it, at the time, the most watched SNF game ever. Two Giants-Cowboys games rank in the top-10 of the most watched “Sunday Night Football” games.
SUNDAY, DEC. 18 – WEEK 15
Baltimore Ravens at San Diego Chargers (Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, Calif.)
Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers, who finished last season at 9-7, one game behind the AFC West champion Chiefs and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2005, host Ray Lewis and the Ravens in a key late-season AFC matchup.
SUNDAY, DEC. 25 – WEEK 16
Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers (Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisc.)
Bears-Packers is not only a rematch of last year’s NFC Championship game but also the oldest rivalry in the history of the NFL. The two teams have met 182 times dating back to 1921 with the Bears holding the edge in the series 92-84-6. This is only the second time in history that these two teams are meeting on Christmas Day (2005).
SUNDAY, JAN. 1 – WEEK 17
Teams to be announced by NFL at least six days prior.
The schedule does not list a Sunday night game in Week 17, but the NFL will choose matchups for each of their network partners to ensure a national game with playoff implications to conclude the season.
FLEXIBLE SCHEDULING: The season again will utilize “flexible scheduling” in Weeks 11-17. In Weeks 11-16, the schedule lists the games tentatively set for Sunday Night Football on NBC. Only Sunday afternoon games are eligible to be moved to Sunday night, in which case the tentatively scheduled Sunday night game would be moved to an afternoon start time. Flexible scheduling will not be applied to games airing on Thursday, Saturday or Monday nights.
A flexible scheduling move would be announced at least 12 days before the game. For Week 17, the change will be announced no later than six days before the game. The schedule does not list a Sunday night game in Week 17, but an afternoon game with playoff implications will be moved to that time slot to conclude the season.
Flexible scheduling will ensure quality matchups in all Sunday time slots in those weeks and give “surprise” teams a chance to play their way into primetime.
ESPN’s 2011 “Monday Night Football” Schedule
All 12 Playoff Teams from 2010; Nine Divisional Matchups; Patriots-Dolphins MNF Opener on Sept. 12
The 42nd season of Monday Night Football will kick off on ESPN with a doubleheader Monday, September 12 – New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins (7 p.m. ET) and Oakland Raiders at Denver Broncos (10:15 p.m. / 8:15 p.m. MT) – and will continue with a total of 17 prime-time games. Following a successful season that delivered the 16 biggest cable household audiences of the year, ESPN’s MNF schedule will feature all 12 playoff teams from 2010, including both the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers and AFC champion Pittsburgh Steelers.
In the first game of the nationally televised ESPN week 1 doubleheader, wide receiver Brandon Marshall and the Dolphins will host divisional foe Tom Brady and the defending AFC East champion Patriots. The second game will pit Tim Tebow and the Broncos against the Raiders in Denver as the longtime AFC West rivals face one another for an NFL record 15th time under the Monday Night lights.
Play-by-play commentator Mike Tirico and analysts Jon Gruden and Ron Jaworski will call the Patriots-Dolphins opener, and the MNF games each week at 8:30 p.m. ESPN Deportes, ESPN’s 24-hour Spanish-language domestic sports network, will continue to offer a Spanish-language production of MNF games during the 2011 NFL season. Additional MNF “game around the game” content will be available throughout the day across ESPN’s multimedia platforms.
ESPN’s MNF Schedule Highlights:
Appearances by both Super Bowl teams – Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings (11/14); and Pittsburgh Steelers at San Francisco 49ers (12/19);
Nine of 17 MNF games involve divisional matchups, including Redskins at Cowboys (9/26), Vikings at Packers (11/14), Falcons at Saints (12/26);
Nine NFL teams with multiple MNF appearances.
Redskins-Cowboys renew their rivalry in September:
Sept. 12: Season-opening doubleheader – Patriots at Dolphins and Raiders at Broncos. Denver continues NFL’s longest current streak of 20 consecutive seasons playing on MNF (1992-present);
Sept. 19: Second-year quarterback Sam Bradford and the St. Louis Rams face Eli Manning and the New York Giants;
Sept. 26: A classic NFC East matchup featuring Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys hosting the Washington Redskins, the teams’ 14th meeting all-time on MNF.
MNF returns to Motown and Halloween night in Kansas City:
Oct. 3: Peyton Manning and the AFC South champion Indianapolis Colts travel to Tampa to face Josh Freeman and the Buccaneers. ESPN’s Gruden will call his first MNF game at the stadium he once called home as the Bucs’ coach;
Oct. 10: Jay Cutler and the defending NFC North champion Chicago Bears play Matthew Stafford and the upstart Lions as Detroit returns to MNF for first time in a decade (since Oct. 8, 2001).
Oct. 17: The Dolphins travel North for a divisional matchup to face Mark Sanchez and the New York Jets, who advanced to the AFC Championship game last season;
Oct. 24: Ray Lewis and the Baltimore Ravens go head-to-head against Maurice Jones-Drew and the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Oct. 31: Matt Cassel and the AFC West champion Chiefs host Phillip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers on Halloween night in Kansas City;
Quarterback spotlight in November with Cutler, Vick, Rodgers, Brady and Brees on MNF:
Nov. 7: In a big city NFC brawl on Broad Street, Jay Cutler and the Bears play Michael Vick and the defending NFC East champion Philadelphia Eagles;
Nov. 14: Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers and the champion Green Bay Packers host Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field in a key NFC North clash;
Nov. 21: AFC contenders meet when Cassel, the former Patriots back-up, returns with the Chiefs to New England to play Brady and the Pats;
Nov. 28: It’s a homecoming for Eli Manning when the Giants go marching into New Orleans to face Drew Brees and the Saints.
Falcons-Saints finale to again decide NFC South?:
Dec. 5: The Chargers travel to Jacksonville to play Jones-Drew and the Jaguars;
Dec. 12: In a rematch of the week 17 game in 2010 that decided the NFC West, the Rams face the Seattle Seahawks at Qwest Field;
Dec. 19: Ben Roethlisberger and the defending AFC champion Pittsburgh Steelers face the San Francisco 49ers in a matchup of tradition-rich NFL franchises;
Dec. 26: With hopes of recapturing the division from their NFC South rivals, Brees and the Saints host Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons in the MNF season finale.
ESPN’s Monday Night Football
ESPN’s Monday Night Football is the most-watched series in cable television history. In five seasons on ESPN, MNF has registered eight of the top 10 all-time biggest household audiences in cable history. For the 2010 season, ESPN’s MNF delivered the 16 biggest household audiences (and top 12 among viewers) for cable television in 2010, averaging a 10.5 rating and 10,495,000 homes (14,657,000 viewers). It was the highest-rated and most-viewed season of ESPN’s MNF and the second straight season the series averaged higher than a 10 rating and 14 million viewers. ESPN.com’s accompanying NFL content averaged 202 million page views (a 11 percent increase over the previous season) and 271 million minutes (a 28 percent gain) on Sundays and Mondays, while ESPN’s Mobile web site averaged 61 million page views (a 13 percent increase) and 101 million minutes (a 61 percent spike) spent with NFL content on the ESPN mobile web site and ScoreCenter App.
ESPN’s 2011 Monday Night Football Schedule
Date Time (ET) Teams
Aug. 11 8 p.m. Seattle Seahawks at San Diego Chargers
Aug. 15 8 p.m. New York Jets at Houston Texans
Aug. 22 8 p.m. Chicago Bears at New York Giants
Aug. 25 8 p.m. Washington Redskins at Baltimore Ravens
Sept. 12 7 p.m. New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins
10:15 p.m. Oakland Raiders at Denver Broncos
Sept. 19 8:30 p.m. St. Louis Rams at New York Giants
Sept. 26 8:30 p.m. Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys
Oct. 3 8:30 p.m. Indianapolis Colts at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Oct. 10 8:30 p.m. Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions
Oct. 17 8:30 p.m. Miami Dolphins at New York Jets
Oct. 24 8:30 p.m. Baltimore Ravens at Jacksonville Jaguars
Oct. 31 8:30 p.m. San Diego Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs
Nov. 7 8:30 p.m. Chicago Bears at Philadelphia Eagles
Nov. 14 8:30 p.m. Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers
Nov. 21 8:30 p.m. Kansas City Chiefs at New England Patriots
Nov. 28 8:30 p.m. New York Giants at New Orleans Saints
Dec. 5 8:30 p.m. San Diego Chargers at Jacksonville Jaguars
Dec. 12 8:30 p.m. St. Louis Rams at Seattle Seahawks
Dec. 19 8:30 p.m. Pittsburgh Steelers at San Francisco 49ers
Dec. 26 8:30 p.m. Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints