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The Lounge>Article about the 2019 NFL Schedule
KCChiefsFan88 10:47 AM 02-11-2019
Interesting...

https://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/...s-Packers.aspx

The NFL is leaning toward having the Bears host the Packers for next season’s opening kickoff game on Thursday, Sept. 5, according to multiple sources. The move would mark the first time since 2006 that the Super Bowl champion will not appear in the league’s opening game. The newly crowned Patriots likely will host the season’s first “Sunday Night Football” game instead, on Sept. 8.

The NFL is leaning toward having Chicago host the season’s first game as part of its 100th season celebration, allowing it to showcase the league’s oldest rivalry. The Bears and Packers first played in 1921 and have faced each other 198 times.

NBC will carry the Thursday night game, which, like other NFL season openers, will feature entertainment outside Soldier Field.

The Ravens are the only other Super Bowl champion since 2006 that did not host the league’s opening game the following season. In 2013, the NFL had Baltimore open the season in Denver because of a scheduling conflict with the neighboring Orioles, who also were playing that night.

New England’s most likely opponents for the opening “Sunday Night Football” game are the Browns, Chiefs, Giants or Steelers, each of which is on the Patriots’ 2019 schedule. My guess is that the NFL picks the Giants over the Steelers because the NFC’s schedule is much stronger than the AFC’s this year, and the league will want to save AFC games for later in the season. The NFL seems likely to want to schedule the high-profile Patriots-Chiefs game for later in the season. While the Browns and their quarterback Baker Mayfield may be exciting, the NFL could decide that the franchise has not earned such a high-profile scheduling position.

The NFL is not yet close to finalizing its schedule, which typically gets released in April. But during Super Bowl week in Atlanta, network executives from CBS, ESPN, Fox and NBC pitched Howard Katz, NFL senior vice president of broadcasting, and Hans Schroeder, COO of NFL Media, on the types of games they want.

Some of the network requests are the same every year. Every network wants reliable ratings performers like the Cowboys, Patriots, Packers and Steelers on its schedule. For this upcoming season, the networks also showed a lot of interest in the Chiefs, Bears and Rams.

The one common theme that ran through all these meetings dealt with the strength of the NFC pool of games for the 2019 season. One executive said he had never seen such disparity between the ratings potential for the NFC and AFC games.

This season, the NFC East (Cowboys, Eagles, Giants, Washington) plays the NFC North (Bears, Packers, Vikings, Detroit), which will lead to big ratings. Plus, the interconference games put many of the best games in the NFC pool (Dallas at New England; Green Bay at Kansas City; L.A. Rams at Pittsburgh), executives said.

Because of that disparity, look for the NFL to crossflex more high-quality NFC games to CBS than it has in the past, including at least one Cowboys game. My bet is that CBS picks up the Cowboys-Packers game, but it could be the Cowboys-Saints.

Also look for NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” and Fox’s “Thursday Night Football” to wind up with a healthy dose of games from the NFC pool.

Fox came to its meeting with nine executives, led by Fox Sports CEO and executive producer Eric Shanks. Its main message was that, like last season, it wants to seed “Thursday Night Football” with high-quality games that normally would anchor its Sunday afternoon schedule. In fact, Fox wants to be even more aggressive with its “Thursday Night Football” schedule this season.

CBS took four executives into its scheduling meeting, led by Chairman Sean McManus and President David Berson. CBS’s main message was that it wanted to keep as many good AFC games as it can.

NBC’s delegation was led by Mark Lazarus, chairman of NBCUniversal Broadcast, Cable, Sports and News and NBC Sports executive producer Fred Gaudelli. As the producer of television’s top-rated prime-time show — “Sunday Night Football” — for a record eight consecutive seasons, NBC pushed for the best matchups available.

Burke Magnus, ESPN executive vice president of programming and scheduling, led ESPN’s charge, requesting specific matchups that the network more easily could tie into the NFL’s 100th season celebration.

One broadcasting switch to expect this season will occur in London, where the NFL plans to stage four games. Expect NFL Network exclusively to carry the two London games that start at 9:30 a.m. ET. In the past, NFL Network had only carried one of those games exclusively. Of the two 1 p.m. ET kickoffs in London, look for CBS to carry one and Fox to carry the other.

It will be interesting to see who carries the Chiefs-Chargers game from Mexico City. ESPN has carried the Mexico City games in the past and is a likely candidate for this one. But ESPN has designs on another Chiefs game, and it’s not likely that the NFL will put two Kansas City games on the “Monday Night Football” schedule. CBS and NBC are more remote possibilities to carry it.

The Thanksgiving afternoon games likely will feature the Bears and Lions on Fox and the Dolphins and Cowboys on CBS.
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Chief Pagan 04:32 PM 02-11-2019
Originally Posted by comochiefsfan:
I'd MUCH rather play in the Nantz/Romo late CBS slot over Monday Night Football which is a comically terrible production.

If all our games were either SNF or late CBS I would be happy. TNF and MNF suck balls.
Agreed.

The NFL should make Nantz/Romo the official announcers for all Chiefs games regardless of time slot and network.
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Chief Pagan 04:37 PM 02-11-2019
"New England’s most likely opponents for the opening “Sunday Night Football” game are the Browns, Chiefs, Giants or Steelers, each of which is on the Patriots’ 2019 schedule."

What in depth reporting. So what this guy is trying to tell me is that the most likely team to play the Pats in week 1 is a team that is on the Patriots schedule?! I never would have known that if not for this article!

Originally Posted by Rausch:
Yeah, that's a shame. I was hoping they'd play the Lakers...
I would be happy with that. As long as Lebron was starting at center or NT.
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Amnorix 04:43 PM 02-11-2019
Originally Posted by POND_OF_RED:
Pretty much. Brady is like Barry Bonds in a way. He may be one of the greatest of all time, but with all of the asterisks he loses a lot of respect that would have come with it had he done it the right way.
It's amazing to me. The guy literally went to, and won, multiple Super Bowls, as well as a league MVP after the bullshit deflategate controversy, so what is more likely -- that he actually cheated and it helped him in some fashion, or that the entire thing was bullshit to begin with (as proven by actual science)?


I won't turn this into a long-running deflategate discussion. We've all been there and done that, but all the evidence points to deflategate having been a nothingburger given the post-deflategate success of both Brady and the Patriots. :-)
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Clyde Frog 04:52 PM 02-11-2019
Originally Posted by Amnorix:
It's amazing to me. The guy literally went to, and won, multiple Super Bowls, as well as a league MVP after the bullshit deflategate controversy, so what is more likely -- that he actually cheated and it helped him in some fashion, or that the entire thing was bullshit to begin with (as proven by actual science)?


I won't turn this into a long-running deflategate discussion. We've all been there and done that, but all the evidence points to deflategate having been a nothingburger given the post-deflategate success of both Brady and the Patriots. :-)
So you can straight faced say to people that TB and NE won all those titles without taking any unfair or shady advantages?
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Hog's Gone Fishin 05:01 PM 02-11-2019
I hate prime time games. I really do. I wanna see my team play at noon . It just takes forever for 7 pm to get here.
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KChiefs1 05:12 PM 02-11-2019
Originally Posted by Hoover:
Good news

Chiefs need to finish the season in Miami at Super Bowl LIV.


FYP
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Discuss Thrower 05:35 PM 02-11-2019
So I'll backdown from my hawt take and guess the following big prime time games will be:

Kickoff - Packers at Bears
Week 1 SNF - Chiefs at Patriots
East Coast MNF - Texans at Ravens
West Coast MNF - 49ers at Rams

London Games:

Texans at Buccaneers* (CBS)
Vikings at Chargers# (FOX way early)
Jets at Jaguars# (CBS)
Bengals at Rams* (CBS)
Titans at Raiders# (CBS)

Thanksgiving FOX - Saints at Cowboys
Thanksgiving CBS - Chiefs at Lions
Thanksgiving NBC - Texans at Chargers


So the * and # flagged games that feature common opponents among them. I point this out because a) the Buccs and Jags are in potential hurricane zones for the front half of the NFL season and b) the Raiders are effectively homeless. Seems to me that the NFL might consider having one or two of guaranteed home teams stay an extra week in London to play as the visiting team.


EDIT:
lol no they won't because too many players will realize they'll get buttfucked on taxes
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