• September 27, 2021

Exclusive: Who plays on ‘Sunday Night Football’ tonight? Time, TV channel, schedule for NFL Week 1

 Exclusive: Who plays on ‘Sunday Night Football’ tonight? Time, TV channel, schedule for NFL Week 1



The matchup for the season opener of “Sunday Night Football” is a good one, per usual. The NFL will have two playoff teams from 2020 face off at the home of the 2022 Super Bowl in one of the biggest showcase games of the week.

The Rams are hosting the Bears on “Sunday Night Football”, marking the second consecutive year that the Rams have been the SNF opener. They are getting the honors to show off their new stadium once again. The Rams played to empty crowds in Inglewood Stadium last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

NBC is hoping that its second prime-time game of the season will be as good as its first. The network broadcast the season opener between the Buccaneers and Cowboys on Thursday night. The Buccaneers won 31-29 on a last-second Ryan Succop field goal.

The Rams have a passing game that should thrive, just like those of the Buccaneers and Cowboys. The bigger question is whether the Bears can do enough offensively to keep pace with the Rams.

Below is more about the matchup, plus everything to know about how to watch “Sunday Night Football.”

MORE: Watch “Sunday Night Football” live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)

Who plays on ‘Sunday Night Football’ tonight?

  • Matchup: Bears at Rams
  • Location: SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif. 

The Rams will host the “Sunday Night Football” game for the second consecutive season. Viewers will get a look at SoFi Stadium with fans filling the 70,000 seats after the arena was left empty during the 2020 season because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Rams will face the Bears to kickstart the season. Both teams made the playoffs in 2020 and both are rolling with new veterans at the quarterback position. The Rams are starting Matthew Stafford, who they acquired via trade during the offseason, while the Bears are starting Andy Dalton, who they signed in free agency.

Chicago also has rookie quarterback Justin Fields waiting in the wings. He won’t start for the Bears just yet but he had a solid preseason.

MORE: Why Justin Fields isn’t starting the Bears’ season opener

What time is the NFL game tonight?

  • Date: Sunday, Sept. 12
  • Kickoff: 8:20 p.m. ET

The “Sunday Night Football” matchup between the Bears and the Rams will take place at the same time as all “Sunday Night Football” games throughout the 2021 NFL season. It is scheduled to kickoff at 8:20 p.m. ET.

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What channel is ‘Sunday Night Football’ on tonight?

This will be the first “Sunday Night Football” matchup of the season. The game will be broadcast on NBC with Al Michaels calling play-by-play and Cris Collinsworth providing analysis. Michele Tafoya will be reporting from the sidelines.

There will be added intrigue during NBC’s “Football Night in America” leading up to coverage of the game as NBC will debut both Drew Brees and Maria Taylor in their new roles with the network.

In Canada, viewers can watch Bears vs. Rams on DAZN, which has rights to every NFL game.

MORE: How the Rams pulled off the blockbuster Matthew Stafford trade

NFL live stream for ‘Sunday Night Football’

Because NBC broadcasts all “Sunday Night Football” games, they are available to stream on all of the network’s online platforms. This includes Peacock, the network’s relatively new streaming service. This should be the preferred method for those who have a cable/satellite subscription but can’t get in front of a TV.

For cord-cutters, there are plenty of live streaming options for “Sunday Night Football.” Below are all of them.

‘Sunday Night Football’ schedule

NBC will be broadcasting one of the most anticipated games of the week each Sunday night. Per usual, Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth will serve as commentators. SNF games can be streamed on NBCSports.com or via fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial.

Week 1 Sept. 10 (Thur.) Kansas City Chiefs vs. Houston Texans
  Sept. 13  Los Angeles Rams vs. Dallas Cowboys 
Week 2 Sept. 20 Seattle Seahawks vs. New England Patriots
Week 3 Sept. 27 New Orleans Saints vs. Green Bay Packers
Week 4 Oct. 4 San Francisco 49ers vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Week 5 Oct. 11 Seattle Seahawks vs. Minnesota Vikings
Week 6 Oct. 18 San Francisco 49ers vs. Los Angeles Rams
Week 7 Oct. 25 Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Las Vegas Raiders
Week 8 Nov. 1 Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys
Week 9 Nov. 8 Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New Orleans Saints
Week 10 Nov. 15 New England Patriots vs. Baltimore Ravens
Week 11 Nov. 22 Las Vegas Raiders vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Week 12 Nov. 29 Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears
Week 13 Dec. 6 Kansas City Chiefs vs. Denver Broncos
Week 14 Dec. 13 Buffalo Bills vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Week 15 Dec. 20 Dallas Cowboys vs. San Francisco 49ers
Week 16 Dec. 27 Green Bay Packers vs. Tennessee Titans
Week 17 Jan. 3 TBD





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