NFL finally announced the complete 256 regular season games in 2018. Now, the schedule is available on the official site of the NFL. NFL announced that this regular season would be 17 weeks in total, overcoming the 256 games regular-season. The NFL Schedule will kick off on Thursday night.
If you are a real NFL fan, you will want to follow all the games in the season. It is indeed a fantastic spectacle that is going to stop most of the areas in the US, EU, and the rest of the world. Assuming that you are the part of it. At the end of the year, precisely December 30, there will be the 16 division games. The 2018 season begins with the primetime kickoff game. The defending Super Bowl champion Eagles will host Atlanta Falcons at Lincoln Financial Field in September. let's check the Schedule 2018-2019 from below:
Complete NFL Schedule 2018 by Team
The 2018 season week 1 will feature Carolina Panthers who take on Dallas Cowboys at 4:25 PM ET. In the other side, Denver Broncos will host Seattle Seahawks at 4:25 PM ET. You can see them on NBC.
If you are CBS watcher, you will witness the week 1 matchups on the channel that includes Houston Texans at the New England Patriots at 1:00 PM ET. In the other side, Kansas City Chiefs will visit Los Angeles Charges at 4:05 PM ET. You are going to catch up with these if you are expecting these matches on CBS.
There will be doubleheader games in the week 2. It is also the first CBS national weekend with the doubleheader games. For all the CBS viewers, make sure you don’t miss the Denver Broncos at the Oakland Raiders at 4:25 PM ET, and Jacksonville Jaguars who host the Patriots at 4:25 PM ET.
In the NBC Sunday Night Football, you will watch the Green Bay Packers who host the Chicago Bears at 8:20 PM ET at Lambeau Field. Then, the kickoff weekend will end on Monday. Precisely on September 10, ESPN viewers will be able to enjoy the ESPN Monday Night Football doubleheader.
So, what are they? The New York Jets will come to visit The Detroit Lions home at 7:10 PM ET. Then the second game involves Oakland Raiders who host the Los Angeles Rams in the night time at 10:20 PM ET. You will be pampered with pretty good games on Monday night.
ESPN channel will broadcast one game each Monday night in week 2 to 16. Yes, that’s it. There will be no Monday night game on week 17 a.k.a. the final regular season weekend. This happens to give more flexible causes for the scheduling in the NFL Playoffs.
What makes this season interesting is that all the Primetime games will kick off earlier this season. Although it is only five minutes, it will make a huge difference for most viewers. Now, you can make some snacks first before watching your favorite show, or just prepare for more. The primetime games on Thursday night, for instance, will happen at 8:20 PM ET instead of 8:25. Sunday night will happen at 8:20 PM ET instead of 8:30 PM, and Monday night at 8:15 instead of 8:30 PM. The good thing is that all 32 clubs who participate in the spectacle will be at least one Thursday, Sunday, or Monday night game.
FOX channel will showcase the Thursday Night Football package in the week 4 featuring the NFC playoff teams. In details, Los Angeles Rams will host Minnesota Vikings at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum at 8:20 PM ET. If you are Thursday Night Football games viewer, you will want to tune the FOX in because this channel will broadcast around eleven Thursday Night Football games between weeks 4 to 15. But this does not include the Thanksgiving night game. The FOX will be simulcasting via NFL Network for US, EU, and the rest of the world. For Spanish viewer, be sure to stick to FOX Deportes.
Plus, NFL Network will broadcast seven games this season. Meanwhile, FOX will cook the full slate of the 18 games. So, how about the rest of the games?
The selected number of games will be moving around between big channels like FOX and CBS to give the fair shots for under-marketing games to wider audiences. We can also call these games as “cross-flexed”. The cross-flexed games will then be showing off during the season. We could expect that the announcement will be coming gradually depending on the season demands.
But you can rest assured that the regular season will conclude the week 17 on Sunday, December 30. the ninth consecutive year, the 16 games in the week 17 are division contests. As expected from the big fans of the NFL, these are potential for more games with playoff ramifications.
Here are the other highlights that you might want to consider.
Back then in the 2017 season, there are few matches for rematching. There will be around nine games in the 2018 NFL season that feature the rematch from the 2017 postseason. In the 2nd week, New England will come to Jacksonville home at EverBank Field in the rematch of previous season’s AFC Championship Game at 4:25 PM ET, CBS. Meanwhile, Philadelphia will host Minnesota in week 5 under the rematch flag of the 2017 NFC Championship Game. That will happen at 4:25 PM ET, FOX.
Thanksgiving will showcase a trio of divisional matchups on Thursday, November 22, 2018. This will mark the second time after 1970 that the holiday has featured the divisional matchups exclusively. The first game will involve Bears to Detroit to face Lions at 12:30 PM ET, CBS. Washington Redskins will visit Dallas Cowboys home in the late afternoon game at 4:30 PM ET, FOX. The Thanksgiving Day event will be much prevalent in relation to the NFC South highlights because New Orleans will host the Falcons to face the Saints on the NBC at 8:20 PM ET.
And as usual, you will also enjoy the NFL International events. This year, the International NFL spectacle will involve three games in London. This will happen in three consecutive weeks (week 6-8) and one in Mexico City.
Speaking of the 2018 London Series, the English Premier League renowned soccer club Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium is going to be the site of the first game in the series. The NFL Schedule will be crystal clear in the week 6 on Sunday, October. At that occurrence, the Seattle Seahawks will take on Oakland Raiders in their home at 1:00 PM ET. FOX will be the official broadcaster for this matchup.
Then in the next week, Wembley Stadium will also host such incredible show. The Los Angeles Chargers will host Tennessee Titans on Sunday, October 21 (9:30 AM ET, CBS). The 2018 London Series will conclude in the Week 8. At that moment, Jaguars will host Eagles at Wembley on Sunday, October 28 at 9:30 AM ET, NFLN
In about third consecutive seasons, your favorite spectacle will be appearing in Mexico City’s Estadio Azteca. Los Angeles Rams will host Kansas City Chiefs in the historic venue on Monday Night Football, Monday, November 19. Don’t miss this spectacle at 8L15 PM ET. This matchup will be available on ESPN network. Make sure that you won’t miss it. It might be one of the most important matches that you want to watch before leaving 2018.
All the 32 teams in the NFL will play each other 16 games over 17 weeks. The Byes will begin in the week 4 and finish in the week 12. As mentioned, the flexible scheduling will happen to start from the weeks 11 and last until weeks 17. Plus, you will also be witnessing the flexible scheduling in no more than two weeks in the weeks 5 to 10.
In the weeks five to sixteen, the official NFL schedule will list the games tentatively set for Sunday Night Football on NBC. Then the Sunday afternoon games are eligible to be moved to Sunday Night. There’s a big possibility that Sunday night game will move to afternoon starting time. After all, that is the point of being under the flexible scheduling umbrella. However, you won’t need to worry to match these dates with your free time. The flexible scheduling move will be announced at least 12 days before the game. Ideally, you will be able to arrange your watching time prior to the big event.
Not to mention that the flexible schedule will happen in the Saturday games in the weeks 15 and 16. It is also the part of the 2018 schedule. In the week 15, there will be two matches showcased on Saturday on NFL Network. This will involve Houston who takes on New York Jets and Cleveland who takes on Denver. The first game we mentioned will happen at 4:30 PM ET. Then the second game will happen at 8:20 PM ET. All of these are determined.
Meanwhile, in the week 16, there will be possibly two matches under the flexible NFL Schedule 2018. And it is for Saturday matches: Jacksonville will take on Miami, and Baltimore will take on Los Angeles Chargers. The other possibilities come from 2 matches: Network Giants will take on Indianapolis, or Washington will take on Tennessee. All these scenarios are still flexible. We will know clearly for sure a week or two before the actual events happening. Start times and Saturday games for the weeks 15 and 16 are not available yet. NFL will announce this information no later than following week 8. So, you don’t have to worry about that. Meanwhile, the non-Saturday games will happen on Sunday. In case you are missing the opportunity, you can still catch up with Sunday games.
The Sunday Night Game NFL Schedule 2018 will be available in around six days prior to December 30. keep in mind that it will happen in the week 17. the afternoon game with playoff effects will move in terms of time and NFL Schedule 2018.
Flexible scheduling is a good thing actually. NFL purposely makes it enhance the quality matchups in all Sunday time slots. This will also give the teams opportunity to play their way into the prime time and make a wider audience list. However, Thursday and Monday night games won’t be relating to the flexible scheduling.
Now, let’s talk about the playoffs. These will involve the four division winners and two wild cards from each conference. The playoffs will begin with Wild Card Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, January 5 and 6. The first-round byes will involve the two division winners with the best records in their own conference. It is always interesting to discuss who is going to be the first-round byes.
Then there will be the Wild Card Weekend winners who are going to join the top two division champions in each conference. These will happen under the Divisional Playoffs. NFL will hold these two specials on Saturday and Sunday, January 12 to 13 2018. AFC and NFC Championship Games will happen on Sunday, January 20. So, buckle up and reserve your option so that you won’t be missing those amazing spectacles.
How about the winners?
They will meet fortnight later on Sunday, February 3 in the familiar and most awaited event called as Super Bowl LIII at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium. This special show will be available on NBC.
You will rest assured that you are able to follow all the major games in the regular season. A good fact to consider that NFL is the sports league that presents all regular-season and postseason games on over-the-air TV in local markets. And you can watch them all for free as long as you are subscribing to the channels that broadcast these games.
The postseason games will also be available on the national TV as well. For those who want to catch up the games while on the go, you could consider Westwood One that broadcasts the games on the radio. This includes the prime time games, Thanksgiving Day games, as well as all NFL Playoffs.