Week 1 of the 2021 NFL season contains plenty of intriguing matchups, but CBS and Fox are clearly favoring some over others.
Notably, Fox is focusing heavily on the Aaron Rodgers vs. Jameis Winston matchup in Packers vs. Saints. Most of the country will see that over the less-anticipated Daniel Jones vs. Teddy Bridgewater game that is Broncos vs. Giants. Fox’s early slate is far more evenly distributed with the Eagles vs. Falcons game being the slight favorite in that window.
Meanwhile, CBS’ coverage will be focused on a quartet of teams that made the AFC playoffs last season. They’re featuring the Bills vs. Steelers in the early window and have their top crew — Jim Nantz and Tony Romo — set to call the 4:25 p.m. ET Chiefs vs. Browns game. The latter will get more attention than the battle of Alabama quarterbacks, as Mac Jones’ Patriots take on Tua Tagovailoa’s Dolphins.
Below are the full NFL coverage maps for Week 1, plus a list of major TV markets and the CBS and Fox games that will be presented in each on Sunday.
NFL coverage map Week 1
(NFL coverage maps courtesy of 506sports.com)
Red: Eagles at Falcons
Blue: Seahawks at Colts
Green: 49ers at Lions
Yellow: Vikings at Bengals
Red: Packers at Saints (in Jacksonville)
Blue: Broncos at Giants
Red: Steelers at Bills
Blue: Jaguars at Texans
Green: Jets at Panthers
Yellow: Chargers at Washington
Orange: Cardinals at Titans
Red: Browns at Chiefs
Blue: Dolphins at Patriots
TV schedule for NFL Week 1 games
Below are the Sunday afternoon games that will be broadcast regionally. Sunday night’s national TV game on NBC is Bears at Rams while ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” will be Ravens at Raiders. There is no “Monday Night Football” doubleheader to begin the 2021 NFL season.
* Game to be played in Jacksonville.
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List of Week 1 NFL games by TV market
(TV markets listed in order by size)
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