A classic quarterback showdown and earlier start times are among the highlights contained in NBC’s announcement of its NFL schedule for the 2018 season.
“Sunday Night Football” will have a new, earlier kickoff time of 8:20 p.m. ET — 10 minutes earlier than last year.
In the “memorable meetings” dept., legendary quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady will face each other for only the second time in their careers, on Nov. 4.
The network’s marquee NFC East matchups on “Sunday Night Football” include Giants-Cowboys (Sept. 16) and Cowboys-Eagles (Nov. 11).
NBC is highlighting the following “Memorable Meetings”: Aaron Rodgers Faces Tom Brady for Only Second Time (Nov. 4); Mike Tomlin & Jon Gruden Meet For First Time as Head Coaches (Dec. 9); Bill Belichick & Patriots Visit Former Def. Coordinator Matt Patricia & Lions (Sept. 23); Dak vs. Deshaun in QB Battle for Texas (Oct. 7); & Richard Sherman’s Return to Seattle as a 49er (Dec. 2).
The network is also featuring rematches of three Divisional Playoff Games: Falcons at Eagles (Sept. 6); The “Minnesota Miracle” Saints at Vikings (Oct. 28); and Steelers at Jaguars (Nov. 18).
NBC’s 23-game slate features 19 prime-time regular season games, two postseason games and two preseason games.
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