Suffering from New England Patriots fatigue? Too bad — a new report suggests that the team will take to the field again during Sunday Night Football!
According to Sports News Daily, this will be happening on September 8th, 2019, so please feel free to fill — or clear — your calendar appropriately.
“New England’s most likely opponents for the opening “Sunday Night Football” game are the Browns, Chiefs, Giants or Steelers, each of which is on the Patriots’ 2019 schedule. My guess is that the NFL picks the Giants over the Steelers because the NFC’s schedule is much stronger than the AFC’s this year, and the league will want to save AFC games for later in the season. The NFL seems likely to want to schedule the high-profile Patriots versus Chiefs game for later in the season. While the Browns and their quarterback Baker Mayfield may be exciting, the NFL could decide that the franchise has not earned such a high-profile scheduling position.”
For what it’s worth, this is a schedule that’s subject to change, as the NFL typically doesn’t release their final schedule until April. That said, network executives from CBS, ESPN, Fox, and NBC pitched Howard Katz, NFL senior vice president of broadcasting, and Hans Schroeder, COO of NFL Media, on the types of games they want.
And, inasmuch as they may not be well-received by some fans — especially those who don’t like Tom Brady — the Patriots are still considered ratings draw for the networks, which is why so many of them were courting the NFL for the contract.