The NFL is such a goliath, it means that even when its schedule comes out, it makes massive headlines throughout the sports and entertainment world.
Coming off a record-setting season in terms of viewership, capped by an immensely popular Super Bowl, the National Football League released it’s schedule yesterday, and a new wrinkle on Thursday nights looks to impact the television landscape this fall.
Earlier this year, it was announced that the NFL was partnering with CBS to air Thursday night football for the first half of the season. CBS will air seven primetime games through September and October, meaning the netowrk has to move around its own schedule for those two months, but also that other networks will have to respect the power of football.
'The Big Bang Theory' and ‘Elementary’ will not have their fall season delayed, according to CBS CEO Les Moonves, but instead open on another night only to return to their regularly-scheduled Thursday timeslot after the games conclude.
Traditionally, the Thursday night games, which have been exclusively shown on the NFL Network until now, haven’t featured the most exciting of match-ups or the most memorable of games – not that that has stopped solid ratings.
What’s even more unfortunate for NBC, ABC, and FOX, is that this year all the games are stellar and high profile, as all feature division match-ups (an additional game in the package takes place Dec. 20, and may showcase the Chargers and the 49ers).
What’s more than great rivalries, the primetime slate will feature the like of popular stars such as Robert Griffin III, the Mannings, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, and Colin Kaepernick, as well as quite possibly rookie Jadeveon Clowney, who draft maven Mel Kiper Jr. predicts will be the first overall pick with the Houston Texans.
Anyways, here is the schedule, starting with a great AFC North bout.
Sept. 11: Steelers at Ravens
Sept. 18: Buccaneers at Falcons
Sept. 25: Giants at Redskins
Oct. 2: Vikings at Packers
Oct. 9: Colts at Texans
Oct. 16: Jets at Patriots
Oct. 23: Chargers at Broncos
Dec 20: Chargers at 49ers/Eagles at Redskins