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Who got the best NFL high-profile games in 2019?



The NFL is challenged to keep all of its network partners happy when it makes the calendar.

Once "Thursday Night Football" became a bigger priority, with a big Fox contract, that meant the NFL had to put on some quality games on Thursdays while keeping the lineup on NBC Sunday night as your number one priority. The NFL also had to make sure that ESPN did not run out of "Monday Night Football." Oh, and Fox and CBS also need good games on Sunday afternoons.

The NFL probably did its best work in 2018. Not all prime-time games turned out well: having the San Francisco 49ers scheduled for five prime-time games when quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo kicked off his ACL at the start of the season. season, and problems like that are impossible to predict, but the league had a good idea how to maximize its prime time schedule with convincing matchups.

Did the NFL do it this year? Let's review the prime-time schedules (but first let's take a look at the top 10 teams that got the maximum five games in prime time this season: Patriots, Eagles, Vikings, Bears, Cowboys, Bosses, Packers, Seahawks, Steelers and Rams):

"Thursday Night Football" receives a mixed bag

Thursday nights used to be the place where the NFL lobbied its worst teams, to give each club a prime-time game during the season. A new and lucrative agreement with Fox changed that. The NFL began channeling better teams and games for Thursday.

This season is a mixed bag. There are some fun matches like the Philadelphia Eagles in Green Bay Packers (Week 4); Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns (Week 11); and Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans (Week 12), but it's not a solid list from top to bottom. Relatively boring sizes, like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Arizona Cardinals, needed their first primetime game, and they played on Thursday nights.

Fans will have the opportunity to see Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) in primetime this season. (AP)

This list includes all primetime games on Thursdays this season, including the first game of the season (found on NBC) and the third Thanksgiving game:

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The best games go to Sunday night, again.

The NFL wants NBC's "Sunday Night Football" to be its showcase. NBC has to be happy with the calendar.

It is difficult to find a bad confrontation in the group. And even if one becomes bitter, the NFL can use flexible programming later in the season to change it. Games like the Los Angeles Rams in the Cleveland Browns (Week 3); Indianapolis Colts in Kansas City Chiefs (Week 5); Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys (Week 7); or the Green Bay Packers at Kansas City Chiefs (Week 8) have the potential of "game of the year".

It is clear that from this line of games, the NFL wants to make sure that "SNF" remains a classification power:

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Monday nights may not have much crackling

For many years, since ESPN took over "Monday Night Football," that franchise seemed like a last-minute idea. The NFL put on its best games on Sunday night, often leaving ESPN with what looked like second-tier games. Last year's calendar could have been, from top to bottom, the best that ESPN has had.

The calendar of this season seems that ESPN has many leftovers again. Start strong, with the Houston Texans in the New Orleans Saints in the first game of week 1 on Monday night in double undercard. But the next time there is a game between two 2018 playoff teams will be on November 18, when the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers play in Mexico City. A week later, the Baltimore Ravens play at the Los Angeles Rams, at week 15 the Indianapolis Colts play at the New Orleans Saints, and those are the only "MNF" games between two teams that come out of postseason posts.

ESPN expects major clashes to arise, such as perhaps a game by the Green Bay Packers-Minnesota Vikings in Week 16 that could have huge implications in the playoffs:

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