NFL Schedule 2021: Sunday, Monday, and Thursday evening football schedules, TV channels for primetime games


The majority of marquee matchups on the 2021 NFL schedule will air on primetime television spots. Thursday, Sunday, and Monday night games are televised nationally, so by putting together the schedule annually, they usually get their pick from the crop of NFL games.

That is not to say that all games will be among the best matchups of the week. No one can predict the parity-driven NFL year-over-year that well. But at the very least, prime time is packed with mouthwatering games, as long as each team lives up to its potential and can avoid injury.

As usual, Fox and NFL Network will broadcast “Thursday Night Football,” NBC will continue to broadcast “Sunday Night Football,” and ESPN continues its second decade of broadcasting “Monday Night Football.”

This year, the Packers, Bears, Saints, Buccaneers, Seahawks, Cowboys other Colts they all have the most primetime games. They will appear in five each. The Cowboys also earn the rare distinction of playing in three different games on Thursday (counting Thanksgiving), two of which will be broadcast on Fox and one on NBC.

Below is the full primetime television schedule for the 2021 NFL season, with start times and channels for all Thursday, Sunday and Monday night games.

PLUS: Watch NFL primetime games live on fuboTV (7-day free trial)

Schedule ‘Thursday Night Football’ 2021

  • Start time: 8:20 pm ET
  • television channel: Fox, NFL Network
  • Live broadcast: Amazon Prime, fuboTV

Fox will air the “Thursday Night Football” games for the 2021 NFL season. It will mark its final year as the Thursday night broadcast, as Amazon will retain exclusive rights to the show beginning in 2022.

Joe Buck and Troy Aikman will once again be the best tandem for Fox streaming, while Amazon Prime will offer a live stream online with an alternate streaming team of Andrea Kramer and Hannah Storm on call. TNF games can also be streamed through fuboTV, offering a free seven-day trial.

Week Date Match television channel
2 16 of September Washington Soccer Team vs. New York Giants NFL Network
3 September 23 Houston Texans vs. Carolina Panthers NFL Network
Room September 30th Cincinnati Bengals vs. Jacksonville Jaguars NFL Network
5 Oct. Seventh Seattle Seahawks vs. Los Angeles Rams Fox, NFLN, Amazon
Sixth Oct. 14 Philadelphia Eagles vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFL Network
Seventh Oct. 21 Cleveland Browns vs. Denver Broncos Fox, NFLN, Amazon
Eighth Oct. 28 Arizona Cardinals vs. Green Bay Packers Fox, NFLN, Amazon
9 November 4th Indianapolis Colts vs. New York Jets Fox, NFLN, Amazon
10 November 11th Miami Dolphins vs. Baltimore Ravens Fox, NFLN, Amazon
eleven November 18th Atlanta Falcons vs. New England Patriots Fox, NFLN, Amazon
12 November 25 New Orleans Saints vs. Buffalo Bills Fox, NFLN, Amazon
13 Dec 2 New Orleans Saints vs. Dallas Cowboys Fox, NFLN, Amazon
14 Dec 9 Minnesota Vikings vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Fox, NFLN, Amazon
fifteen Dec sixteen Los Angeles Chargers vs. Kansas City Chiefs Fox, NFLN, Amazon
sixteen Dec 23 Tennessee Titans vs. San Francisco 49ers NFL Network
sixteen Dec 25 (Saturday) Green Bay Packers vs. Cleveland Browns Fox, NFLN, Amazon
sixteen Dec 25 (Saturday) Arizona Cardinals vs. Indianapolis Colts NFL Network

Schedule ‘Sunday Night Football’ 2021

  • Start time: 8:20 pm ET
  • television channel: NBC
  • Live broadcast: NBC Sports, fuboTV

For the fifteenth year in a row, NBC will show “Sunday Night Football.” Al Michael and Cris Collinsworth will be on the call and will have the opportunity to broadcast some of the best weekly matchups in the NFL. SNF games can be streamed on or via fuboTV, offering a free seven-day trial.

Week Date Match
1 September 9 (Thursday) Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Dallas Cowboys
September 12 Los Angeles Rams vs. Chicago Bears
2 September 19th Baltimore Ravens vs. Kansas City Chiefs
3 September 26 San Francisco 49ers vs. Green Bay Packers
Room Oct. 3 New England Patriots vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
5 Oct. 10 Kansas City Chiefs vs. Buffalo Bills
Sixth Oct. 17 Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Seattle Seahawks
Seventh Oct. 24 San Francisco 49ers vs. Indianapolis Colts
Eighth Oct. 31 Minnesota Vikings vs. Dallas Cowboys
9 November 7 Los Angeles Rams vs. Tennessee Titans
10 November 14th Las Vegas Raiders vs. Kansas City Chiefs
eleven November 21 Los Angeles Chargers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
12 November 28 Baltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns
13 Dec 5 Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers
14 Dec 12 Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears
fifteen Dec 19 Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New Orleans Saints
sixteen Dec 26 Washington Soccer Team vs. Dallas Cowboys
17 January 2 Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings
18 January 9th TBD

Schedule ‘Monday Night Football’ 2021

  • Start time: 8:15 pm ET
  • television channel: ESPN
  • Live broadcast: ESPN app, fuboTV

ESPN has been the home of “Monday Night Football” since 2006 and, for the first time in a long time, the network will keep its broadcast team together. Steve Levy, Louis Riddick and Brian Griese will enter their second year as MNF announcers as part of a three-person booth. The “Monday Night Football” games can be streamed through the ESPN or fuboTV app, offering a free seven-day trial.

Week Date Match
Week 1 September 13th Las Vegas Raiders vs. Baltimore Ravens
Week 2 September 20 Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions
Week 3 September 27th Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Week 4 Oct. Fourth Los Angeles Chargers vs. Las Vegas Raiders
Week 5 Oct. 11 Baltimore Ravens vs. Indianapolis Colts
Week 6 Oct. 18 Tennessee Titans vs. Buffalo Bills
Week 7 Oct. 25 Seattle Seahawks vs. New Orleans Saints
Week 8 November 1st Kansas City Chiefs vs. New York Giants
Week 9 November 8th Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Chicago Bears
Week 10 November 15 San Francisco 49ers vs. Los Angeles Rams
Week 11 November 22th Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New York Giants
Week 12 November 29th Washington soccer team vs. Seattle Seahawks
Week 13 Dec. Six Buffalo Bills vs. New England Patriots
Week 14 Dec 13 Arizona Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Rams
Week 15 Dec 20th Chicago Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings
Week 16 Dec 27 New Orleans Saints vs. Miami Dolphins
Week 17 January 3 Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cleveland Browns


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