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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


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


Texans, Steelers, Buccaneers, Seahawks, Falcons, Browns 


Giants, Bears, Chargers, Saints 


Vikings, Raiders, Commanders, Broncos, Jaguars 


Colts, Patriots, Cardinals, Titans 



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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