NBC, CBS, ESPN Set 2015 Prime-time Football Schedules

Super Bowl rematches and Brady-Manning XVII highlight season

With the 2015 NFL regular season matchups now set, the rights-holding networks have revealed their schedules. The NFL season kicks off on Thursday, Sept. 10 with the Pittsburgh Steelers at the New England Patriots on NBC. 

NBC also broadcasts the first Thanksgiving Day game played in Green Bay in 92 years as the Packers take on their NFC North foes, the Chicago Bears, in prime time. ESPN reports legendary Packers quarterback Brett Favre will also have his jersey retired that night.

NBC's Sunday Night Football was the No. 1 prime-time television show last fall. With an average of 21.3 million viewers, it is on track to be the No. 1 show for the 2014-15 prime-time television season.

CBS' Thursday Night Football returns for its second season with eight regular-season games, simulcast on NFL Network, beginning Sept. 17 with Denver at Kansas City. NFL Network carries the eight other regular season games. CBS then closes out the 2015-16 season with the broadcast of Super Bowl L from Levi's Stadium in San Francisco on Feb. 7, 2016. It will be CBS's 19th Super Bowl telecast, the most by any broadcaster.

ESPN's Monday Night Football includes rematches of two early Super Bowls. On Sept. 28, the Chiefs will play the Packers, in a rematch of Super Bowl I. A week earlier, on Sept. 21, the Jets take on the Colts in a rematch of Super Bowl III.

2015 NBC Sunday Night Football

Thurs., Sept. 10, Pittsburgh at New England 

Sept. 13, New York Giants at Dallas

Sept. 20, Seattle at Green Bay

Sept. 27, Denver at Detroit

Oct. 4,  Dallas at New Orleans

*Oct. 11, San Francisco at New York Giants

*Oct. 18, New England at Indianapolis

*Oct. 25, Philadelphia at Carolina

*Nov. 1, Green Bay at Denver

*Nov. 8, Philadelphia at Dallas

*Nov. 15, Arizona at Seattle

*Nov. 22, Kansas City at San Diego

Thurs., Nov. 26, Chicago at Green Bay

*Nov. 29, New England at Denver

*Dec. 6, Indianapolis at Pittsburgh 

*Dec. 13, Seattle at Baltimore 

*Dec. 20, Cincinnati at San Francisco 

*Dec. 27, Pittsburgh at Baltimore

*Jan. 3, Week 17 TBD

*Flex week

2015 CBS Thursday Night Football

Sept. 17, Denver at Kansas City

Sept. 24, Washington at New York Giants

Oct. 1, Baltimore at Pittsburgh

Oct. 8, Indianapolis at Houston

Oct. 15, Atlanta at New Orleans

Oct. 22, Seattle at San Francisco

Oct. 29, Miami at New England

Dec. 3, Green Bay at Detroit

2015 Thursday Night Football on NFL Network

Nov. 5, Cleveland at Cincinnati

Nov. 12, Buffalo at New York Jets

Nov. 19, Tennessee at Jacksonville

Dec. 10, Minnesota at Arizona

Dec. 17, Tampa Bay at St. Louis

Sat., Dec. 19, New York Jets at Dallas

Dec. 24, San Diego at Oakland

Sat., Dec. 26, Washington at Philadelphia

2015 ESPN Monday Night Football

Sept. 14, 7 p.m., Philadelphia at Atlanta; 10:15 p.m., Minnesota at San Francisco

Sept. 21, New York Jets at Colts

Sept. 28, Kansas City at Green Bay

Oct. 5, Detroit at Seattle

Oct. 12, Pittsburgh at San Diego

Oct. 19, New York at Philadelphia

Oct. 26, Baltimore at Arizona

Nov. 2, Indianapolis at Carolina

Nov. 9, Chicago at San Diego

Nov. 16, Houston at Cincinnati

Nov. 23, Buffalo at New England

Nov. 30, Baltimore at Cleveland

Dec. 7, Dallas at Washington

Dec. 14, New York at Miami

Dec. 21, Detroit at New Orleans

Dec. 28, Cincinnati at Denver

@ChrisAriens chris.ariens@adweek.com Chris Ariens is the managing editor and director of video at Adweek.