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2024 Sunday Night Football Schedule: 5 Best SNF Games for 2024

Nicholas Vazquez
Nicholas Vazquez@nickvaz
2024 Sunday Night Football Schedule: 5 Best SNF Games for 2024

The 2024 NFL schedule is released, and it's time to circle our calendars for the games we're looking forward to the most.

Tonight we'll be looking at Sunday Night Football, which arguably has the best slate of games for prime time each season. We know all the games scheduled for it, but some of them have the potential to be flexed for better matchups later in the season.

Here are all the games on the schedule, and we'll highlight some of the games that will have us waiting all day for Sunday night.

All NFL odds via FanDuel Sportsbook.

2024 Sunday Night Football Schedule

Date
Matchup
WK 1, Sep 8thLos Angeles Rams at Detroit Lions
WK 2, Sep 15thChicago Bears at Houston Texans
WK 3, Sep 22ndKansas City Chiefs at Atlanta Falcons
WK 4, Sep 29thBuffalo Bills at Baltimore Ravens
WK 5, Oct 6thDallas Cowboys at Pittsburgh Steelers
WK 6, Oct 13thCincinnati Bengals at New York Giants
WK 7, Oct 20thNew York Jets at Pittsburgh Steelers
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The 5 Best Sunday Night Football Games of 2024

Los Angeles Rams at Detroit Lions, Week 1

Week 1 kicks off with a rematch from one of the better playoff games we saw last season. The Los Angeles Rams will visit the Detroit Lions, which should be an exciting meeting again.

In that NFC Wild Card Round game, the Lions won 24-23. We're expecting more points in this game as the total is currently sitting at 51.5.

Of course, this match up comes with a lot of narratives and storylines. We have Matthew Stafford going back to Detroit to face his old team. Then there's Jared Goff, facing the coach who essentially threw him under the bus after the 2020 season.

The Lions are a 3.5-point favorite, and with the total being that high, we can expect a back-and-forth, close game that will be fun to watch.

Chicago Bears at Houston Texans, Week 2

In 2022, the Houston Texans went on the road to play the Chicago Bears in probably one of the worst matchups of that season. The Bears ended up finishing last in the NFL that season, while the Texans were the second-worst team.

Boy, how things change in two years. The Bears traded the first overall pick they earned after the 2022 season. The Texans used the second pick to draft C.J. Stroud. Both moves have potentially set these teams up to have their franchise quarterback for years to come.

This will presumably be the second NFL game and first road game for Caleb Williams as quarterback for Chicago. It won't be our first look at him, but there still will be a level of intrigue about how the former Heisman Trophy winner will do in this game.

The Texans will also be one of the most anticipated teams to check out this season. They were electric to watch with Stroud under center last season and have added now Stefon Diggs to their receiving corps. With the emerging Nico Collins and sophomore Tank Dell, Houston's offense could produce fireworks.

I can't wait to watch these new-look offenses in Week 2 on Sunday Night Football.

Dallas Cowboys at San Francisco 49ers, Week 8

These teams were the class of the NFC in 2023 as they tied for the best record at 12-5. Both teams are expected to be among the best teams in the conference again this season.

Last season, the Dallas Cowboys visited the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday Night Football in Week 5. That game was a complete blowout with the Niners winning 42-10.

Regular-season games aren't often something that requires revenge, but this game could be an exception. It will definitely feel familiar to the Cowboys -- it will come at a similar time of year and will be another Sunday night game at Levi's Stadium.

San Francisco is expected to do well in this game again. They are currently listed as -4.5 favorites on FanDuel Sportsbook. The game also has a healthy total of 46.0, so it should feature some points. That's always something to look for when trying to decide the best games ahead of the season.

This could potentially be a playoff preview, and we'll get to see it on October 27th.

Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Week 14

The two-time defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs aren't heavily featured on the Sunday Night Football schedule. Week 14 will be just their second appearance of the season. They've become a fairly polarizing team with their recent success, and that always makes them one of the teams to keep an eye on throughout the league.

We'll probably have seen them a lot at this point of the season, but it will be interesting to see how Patrick Mahomes performs this season. He now has new weapons Marquise Brown and Xavier Worthy after getting by without a true number-one wide receiver in the past two seasons.

The Los Angeles Chargers will be one of the more unpredictable teams in the league this season. They closed out last year in disastrous fashion, which led them to bring in Jim Harbaugh as head coach. Harbaugh has been a successful coach in college and in the pros, but it's been 10 years since he coached in the NFL.

There is a world where this Week 14 matchup has huge implications on who will win the AFC West.

Miami Dolphins at Cleveland Browns, Week 17

Two Wild Card teams from the AFC last year meet in a game two weeks before the playoffs start, which could mean this is a huge game for both sides.

Last year, the Miami Dolphins started off red-hot but faded a ton down the stretch. The colder weather was blamed for that, which culminated in a playoff loss to the Chiefs where the temperature was below zero.

Unfortunately, the weather could easily be a storyline in this game. It will be late December in Cleveland, which is notoriously one of the worst cities for weather in the NFL.

The Cleveland Browns will look to return to the playoffs after they made it last year. They'll have Deshaun Watson back healthy at QB, and hopefully, Nick Chubb will be healthy by this point of the season.

Week 17 is also crucial for fantasy football. Players like Tyreek Hill, Jaylen Waddle, De'Von Achane, Amari Cooper and others could play a huge role in deciding where fantasy football titles go in this game.

However, if for some reason this game looks like it will be a dud, we very likely will see it flexed out for a game with more on the line.


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