Yes, the Sunday Night Football Schedule for the 2020 NFL Season was announced on May 7, 2020.
For the Week 1 SNF Opener, the Los Angeles Rams coming off a disappointing 2019 season play host to the Dallas Cowboys. The Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers, and San Francisco 49ers are slated to play three times on Sunday Night Football in 2020.
2020 NFL Sunday Night Football Schedule
All of the games are scheduled for 7:20 p.m. CST starts. Beginning Week 5, Flex Scheduling rules go into effect which may result in scheduling changes.
September 13, 2020, 7:20 p.m CST, Dallas Cowboys at Los Angeles Rams (NBC)
September 20, 7:20 p.m CST, New England Patriots at Seattle Seahawks (NBC)
September 27, 7:20 p.m CST, Green Bay Packers at New Orleans Saints (NBC)
October 4, 7:20 p.m CST, Philadelphia Eagles at San Francisco 49ers (NBC)
October 11, 7:20 p.m CST, Minnesota Vikings at Seattle Seahawks (NBC)
October 18, 7:20 p.m CST, Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco 49ers (NBC)
October 25, 7:20 p.m CST, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Las Vegas Raiders (NBC)
November 1, 7:20 p.m CST, Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles (NBC)
November 8, 7:20 p.m CST, New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (NBC)
November 15, 7:20 p.m CST, Baltimore Ravens at New England Patriots (NBC)
November 22, 7:20 p.m CST, Kansas City Chiefs at Las Vegas Raiders (NBC)
November 29, 7:20 p.m CST, Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers (NBC)
December 6, 7:20 p.m CST, Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs (NBC)
December 13, 7:20 p.m CST, Pittsburgh Steelers at Buffalo Bills (NBC)
December 20, 7:20 p.m CST, San Francisco 49ers at Dallas Cowboys (NBC)
December 27, 7:20 p.m CST, Tennessee Titans at Green Bay Packers (NBC)
January 3, TBD (NBC)
Announcers For Sunday Night Football
A familiar announcing team is scheduled to return with Al Michaels of “Do you believe in miracles?” fame at play-by-play. Chris Collinsworth, the former Bengals receiver, will do color commentating. And, at sideline reporter, the always-professional Michele Tafoya returns.
Steady, reliable, and professional – you can count on this team to deliver week after week.
The SNF Pre-game show features Mike Tirico as host, Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison provide analyst work, while Peter King and Mike Florio cover a variety of news-oriented topics.
Tirico was an NFL play-by-play announcer on ESPN’s Monday Night Football for 10 years. He has also covered a variety of events for ESPN including golf, tennis, hockey, college football, and the NBA. He was also the primetime host of NBC’s coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympics.
A Syracuse University graduate, Tirico worked as Sports Director of the CBS affiliate in Syracuse, New York during his undergraduate days. Tirico grew up in Queens, New York, but now calls Ann Arbor, Michigan home.
Dungy is the former NFL coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Indianapolis Colts. He is perhaps best known for being the first black head coach to win a Super Bowl which he accomplished when the Colts beat the Bears in Super Bowl LXI. He is also noted for being the chief architect of the “Tampa 2” style of defense.
Dungy’s style of coaching places an emphasis on teaching. In comparison to many other coaches around the league, Dungy spent less time screaming and more time instructing.
As an NFL player, Dungy won a Super Bowl with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1978 and also played with the San Francisco 49ers.
Since 2009, Dungy has been working for the Sunday Night Football pregame show called Football Night in America.
A two-time pro bowler, Harrison played with both the San Diego Chargers and the New England Patriots. With the Patriots, Harrison won two Super Bowl rings. He also held the distinction of being voted “the dirtiest player in the NFL” in a poll of his peers as conducted by Sports Illustrated in 2004.
Harrison has the most sacks of any defensive back in NFL history (since sacks have been tracked) with 30.5.
Harrison joined Football Night in America in 2009.
King, a former Sports Illustrated sportswriter for 29 years is also the author of five books. He was selected National Sportswriter of the Year three times. He still writes a column titled Football Morning in America for NBC Sports.
King is a member of the Board of Selectors for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He’s also a regular guest on The Dan Patrick Show.
King grew up and attended high school in Enfield, Connecticut and went to college at Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. King joined Football Night in America in 2006.
Florio, a lawyer, and sportswriter is perhaps best known for starting and managing the website, ProFootballTalk.com. Florio wrote a rumor and news report for ESPN for a short time before breaking off and starting his site. This was a side hustle to his labor law practice in West Virginia.
In addition to his law degree, Florio also owns two engineering degrees. He practiced law for 18 years before shifting to sportswriting. In addition to sports writing and TV contributions, he also hosts a radio show.
The lifelong Minnesota Vikings fan is a contributor to Football Night in America. He’s married with one child and the family lives in West Virginia.
Football Night in America History
The pre-game show for Sunday night football is branded Football Night in America. It started September 10, 2006, and airs from Studio 1 at NBC Sports Headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut.
The theme music in 2018 was “Check it Out” by Oh the Larceny with video highlights of some star NFL players. The theme song for Sunday Night Football is “Game On” recorded by Carrie Underwood.
“Game On” Video by Carrie Underwood
Fun Facts About Sunday Night Football
1.) Sunday Night Football holds the distinction of being the first, live sports competition to be Nielsen’s most-watched program on U.S. network TV during the year in the 2011-12 season. It beat out American Idol for the honor.
2.) The National Football League considers the Sunday Night Football game to be its featured game of the week. It looks to flexible scheduling to make the games competitive and noteworthy.
3.) Week 8’s game featuring the Packers and the Chiefs will go up against a World Series baseball game.
4.) Which Country singer opens the SNF broadcasts singing? Carrie Underwood has since the 2013 season. The 2019 season will be her 7th season.
5.) When the Washington Redskins played the Dallas Cowboys on December 30, 2012, it was the best-rated game in SNF history with over 30.4 million viewers.
Did You Know?
1.) Do you think Sundays, Mondays, and Thursdays were the only days for NFL action ever? Think again. Games have been played on every day of the week – Sunday through Saturday – over the history of the NFL. Sometimes odd scheduling happens due to weather or other national events. A Wednesday game was played between the Redskins and the Giants because John McCain’s speech at the Republican convention was scheduled for Thursday night.
2.) NBC allows the starters to introduce themselves. The traditional line players deliver is their name, position, and where the player attended college. But, the college fill in has now been relaxed to include birthplace, high school or even a nickname for the college.
Sunday Night Football 2019 Recap
Sept. 8, Pittsburgh Steelers at New England Patriots.
(All Sunday Night Games are on NBC.)
Sept. 15, Philadelphia Eagles at Atlanta Falcons.
Sept. 22, Los Angeles Rams at Cleveland Browns.
Sept. 29, Dallas Cowboys at New Orleans Saints.
Oct. 6, Indianapolis Colts at Kansas City Chiefs.
Oct. 13, Pittsburgh Steelers at Los Angeles Chargers.
Oct. 20, Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys.
Oct. 27, Green Bay Packers at Kansas City Chiefs.
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Nov. 3, New England Patriots at Baltimore Ravens.
Nov. 10, Minnesota Vikings at Dallas Cowboys.
Nov. 17, Chicago Bears at Los Angeles Rams.
Nov. 24, Green Bay Packers vs. San Francisco 49ers.
Dec. 1, New England Patriots at Houston Texans.
Dec. 8, Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Rams.
Dec. 15, Minnesota Vikings at Los Angeles Chargers.
Dec. 22, Kansas City Chiefs at Chicago Bears.
— Greg Johnson and Mike O’Halloran
Two long time football fans joined forces to create this feature on Sunday Night Football. Greg also works as a creative director. Mike is a former contributing writer for USA Football.
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