NBC has flexed its muscles and all 18 scheduled Sunday Night Football clashes will feature at least one team that made the playoffs last year, four more than last year’s calendar.
Additionally, nine games will feature two teams that have reached the postseason last year, and every team that made the playoffs last season will feature at least once on Sunday Night Football.
Super Bowl champions New England Patriots kick off proceedings when they host the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 1, the first of their three appearances on Sunday Night Football. The Patriots will also be playing in front of NBC’s cameras in Week 9 on the road against the Baltimore Ravens and then again in Week 13 in Houston against the Texans.
The Steelers will make their second Sunday Night Football appearance of the season in Week 6, when they travel to Los Angeles to face the Chargers.
The New Orleans Saints are set to kick off their four-game preseason schedule, starting with a home opener against the Minnesota Vikings on Friday night. Here’s everything you need to know to keep up with the Saints in their first 2019 exhibition game. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. C.T. inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
The Saints-Vikings game will be broadcast locally on WVUE-FOX 8 and carried on affiliate stations throughout the Gulf South. Familiar faces Joel Meyers and Jon Stinchcomb will handle play-by-play and color analysis, respectively, but they’ll be joined a welcome addition in former Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma. Meghan Payton will again report from the sidelines.