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Every NFL team’s number of prime-time games, including the one franchise left in the dark

Every NFL team's number of prime-time games, including the one franchise left in the dark

Only one team isn’t scheduled to play under the lights this upcoming season

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The NFL is a business, so it should come as no surprise that the league’s most popular — and successful — teams received the most prime-time games when the 2024 regular-season schedule was released on Wednesday night. One team, however, is feeling the sting of not getting assigned a single game on prime time. 

The Jets, 49ers and Cowboys lead the way with six prime-time games apiece. Nearly half the league has either four or five games on prime time. Nine teams have either two or one prime-time game. 

Number of prime-time games per team  

Team(s)  Number of prime-time games

Jets, 49ers, Cowboys

6

Chiefs, Bills, Packers, Lions, Bengals, Ravens, Eagles, Dolphins, Rams

5

Texans, Steelers, Buccaneers, Seahawks, Falcons, Browns 

4

Giants, Bears, Chargers, Saints 

3

Vikings, Raiders, Commanders, Broncos, Jaguars 

2

Colts, Patriots, Cardinals, Titans 

1

Panthers 

Carolina not getting any prime-time games isn’t too surprising given that it is coming off a 2-15 season. What is a little surprising is the Bears not getting more games on prime time considering they have already announced that No. 1 overall pick Caleb Williams will be their starting quarterback. 

While not a surprise, it’s still odd to see the Patriots near the bottom of the list for most prime-time games, given they spent nearly two full decades as the league’s most polarizing team. The Colts, who, like New England, enjoyed a long run of sustained success earlier this century, were also given just one prime-time game. 

Per usual, the Cowboys were given a slew of prime-time games, further solidifying their status as arguably the league’s most popular franchise. 

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