The Sunday Night Football slate is the most prized night of TV for the NFL, as it oftentimes will feature the best game of the weekend. These matchups are not set in stone as the league can use flex scheduling later in the season to make sure the most compelling matchups possible can appear on SNF. The Week 18 game is not even listed yet as the NFL usually always waits for the final week to choose the final game of the regular season.
There are too many to pick from, but the one that jumps right off the page is Week 4 when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers travel to take on the New England Patriots. Tom Brady won Year 1 of the divorce, but Bill Belichick seems hungry for a turnaround season based on his offseason moves throughout the roster.
The week after should be an exciting game to watch as well with the Kansas City Chiefs hosting the Buffalo Bills. Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen could develop into a Tom Brady-Peyton Manning rivalry at some point with how young and talented they are, and they both figure to be playoff teams for years to come.
It’s tough to find too many duds in this entire slate, but certainly if Aaron Rodgers is not on the Green Bay Packers, their three Sunday Night Football games sure became less interesting. To pick a game, let’s go with the Indianapolis Colts traveling to play the San Francisco 49ers. This is potentially a game featuring Jimmy Garoppolo and Carson Wentz as the starting quarterbacks. We can do better than that in just about every other Sunday Night Football game.
Here’s a full look at the full list of Sunday Night Football matchups on the 2021 NFL schedule.
SNF matchups for the 2021 NFL season
Week 1: Chicago Bears at Los Angeles Rams, 8:20 p.m. ET
Week 2: Kansas City Chiefs at Baltimore Ravens, 8:20 p.m. ET
Week 3: Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers, 8:20 p.m. ET
Week 4: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New England Patriots, 8:20 p.m. ET
Week 5: Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs, 8:20 p.m. ET
Week 6: Seattle Seahawks at Pittsburgh Steelers, 8:20 p.m. ET
Week 7: Indianapolis Colts at San Francisco 49ers, 8:20 p.m. ET
Week 8: Dallas Cowboys at Minnesota Vikings, 8:20 p.m. ET
Week 9: Tennessee Titans at Los Angeles Rams, 8:20 p.m. ET
Week 10: Kansas City Chiefs at Las Vegas Raiders, 8:20 p.m. ET
Week 11: Pittsburgh Steelers at Los Angeles Chargers, 8:20 p.m. ET
Week 12: Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens, 8:20 p.m. ET
Week 13: San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks, 8:20 p.m. ET
Week 14: Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers, 8:20 p.m. ET
Week 15: New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 8:20 p.m. ET
Week 16: Washington Football Team at Dallas Cowboys, 8:20 p.m. ET
Week 17: Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers, 8:20 p.m. ET
Week 18: TBD