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..week 1 - MNF doubleheader... No more ? ? ?


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Since 2006, the NFL has concluded every Week One with a Monday night doubleheader. That tradition may come to an end in 2021.

Peter King reports in this week’s Football Morning in America that the NFL plans to scrap the doubleheader and ESPN is likely to have one Monday night game in Week One this season.The plan is for ESPN to instead televise a Saturday doubleheader in Week 18, with the league likely to put two games with playoff implications into the Saturday slots, therefore giving two good games a nationally televised audience.

The Monday night Week One doubleheader ratings were down last season, while a Saturday doubleheader featuring two games with playoff implications is sure to generate great ratings, so ESPN is surely happy with the arrangement.The new arrangement means Week One will have one game Thursday night, 13 games Sunday afternoon, one game Sunday night and one game Monday night, while Week 18 will have two games Saturday, 13 games Sunday afternoon and one game Sunday night.

>     https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2021/04/05/nfl-likely-to-eliminate-week-1-mnf-doubleheader/

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I like the Thursday night.  League needs smarter scheduling.  Byes before would be perfect.

Remember the Tebow miracle game in Denver?  We got our asses kicked on Sunday night and then had to travel to Denver for Thursday.  Stupid.

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The league usually schedules the final week games for teams in the playoff hunt in the 1pm time slot.  This is to keep one team from backing into a playoff spot during the early games and then resting everyone when their game kicks off at 4pm.

This will be harder to do.


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