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Kickoff Game: Ravens at Steelers
Thanksgiving Games: Vikings at Lions, Broncos at Cowboys, Bears at Steelers
Sunday Night Games:
- Week 1: Broncos at Colts (Peyton's return to Indy)
- Week 2: Saints at Patriots (Brees vs. Brady)
- Week 3: Packers at Vikings (Rodgers vs. Adrian Peterson)
- Week 4: Redskins at Giants (RG3 vs. Eli)
- Week 5: Cowboys at Saints (Cowboys vs. Brees/Sean Peyton)
- Week 6: Steelers at Packers (Super Bowl XLV rematch)
- Week 7: Vikings at Seahawks (Percy Harvin game)
- Week 8: Colts at Texans (AFC South)
- Week 9: Ravens at Broncos (Flacco vs. Peyton)
- Week 10: Cowboys at Redskins (historic rivalry, RG3 vs. Romo)
- Week 11: Packers at 49ers (NFC playoff rematch)
- Week 12: Patriots at Ravens (AFC championship rematch, Flacco vs. Brady)
- Week 13: Saints at Falcons (NFC South, Brees vs. Ryan)
- Week 14: Seahawks at 49ers (NFC West)
- Week 15: Giants at Cowboys (NFC East, Romo vs. Eli)
- Week 16: Broncos at Patriots (Brady vs. Peyton Manning one more time)
San Francisco and New England host two Sunday Night games. Pittsburgh hosts two NBC games although neither is on Sunday night.
Teams making three NBC appearances (*-home):
Ravens (Steelers, Broncos, Patriots*)
Patriots (Saints*, Ravens, Broncos*)
Broncos (Colts, Ravens*, Patriots)
Steelers (Ravens*, Packers, Bears*)
Cowboys (Saints, Redskins, Giants*)
Packers (Vikings, Steelers*, 49ers)
Saints (Patriots, Cowboys*, Falcons)
Best games not on this schedule
49ers at Falcons (NFC Championship). Unfortunately, the AFC trio (Peyton, Brady and Flacco) got top billing so the 49ers only receive two NBC games. I would expect this to be FOX's top non-divisional game of the season.
Broncos at Giants (Peyton vs. Eli). I would think the three games I have for Peyton's Broncos would be more anticipated. CBS should celebrate getting this game and if it is during a flex week, expect CBS to protect it.
The Bengals are the only playoff team from last season not to make an appearance. The Ravens and Steelers just have two many attractive games.