When it comes to prime time and the NFL, Sunday night football always wins with the best schedule. That’s true once again in 2022, and it’s about quarterbacks.
Aaron Rodgers and the packers he’ll be on the Sunday night stage three times (Week 2 against the Bears, Week 8 at the Bills and Week 12 at the Eagles).
Tom Brady and the buccaneers it will also have three Sunday night games (at the Cowboys in Week 1, against the Chiefs in Week 4 and at the Cardinals in Week 16 on Christmas night).
Patrick Mahomes, Joe Burrow and Russell Wilson each have two games on Sunday night.
Chiefs at Bucs in week 4 is the best game on NBC’s list, but the matchup that can generate the best ratings is Bucs at Cowboys in week 1. Interestingly, the defending Super Bowl champion Rams play the game season opener against the Bills on Thursday. , September 8, but they don’t appear at all in this upcoming season on SSunday Night Football.
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Although NBC has the best schedule, Monday night football and ESPN have their best schedule in a long time, including Russell Wilson’s highly anticipated return to Seattle to open the season in Week 1. Rams at Packers in Week 15 should be a monster game for the new Joe Buck and Troy stand Aikman. ESPN closes out its season with another strong Bills at Bengals game, the very juicy matchup between Josh Allen and Joe Burrow.
ESPN/ABC will also air a doubleheader in Week 2 with Titans at Bills beginning on ESPN at 7:15 pm ET and Vikings at Eagles at 8:30 pm ET on ABC. Next season, ABC/ESPN will air a doubleheader like this three times, as Albert Breer wrote about Monday.
The NFL gave ESPN a solid by giving the network a multi-game rivalry series, including the Cowboys vs. the Giants in Week 3, the Rams vs. the Niners in Week 4, the Raiders vs. the Chiefs in Week 4. 5 and the Broncos against the Chargers in Week 6. ESPN gets Brady and the Bucs for one game in Week 13 against the Saints.
Amazon Prime is the new player in town, thanks to having the exclusive rights to Thursday night football. For all the money Amazon spent on the package, and despite hiring two A-list folks, Al Michaels and Kirk Herbstreit, to call the games, Amazon’s schedule features plenty of potential clunkers, most notably the Steelers in Browns in Week 2, Eagles at Texans in Week 9, and Jaguars at Jets in Week 16. The good news for Amazon is that it features each team once, so you’ll have a chance to feature the best quarterbacks. in many games. The streaming service’s best game is Ravens at Bucs in week 8. Other solid games include Bills at Patriots in week 13 and Raiders at Rams in week 14.
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