Your NFL TV primer for the 2012 season

The National Football League released its 2012 schedule on Tuesday, and there’s no surprise with the Giants and Jets making nine national appearances.
The Giants will play five night games. As Super Bowl champs, the Giants open the season in the annual kickoff game on Wednesday, Sept. 5. The Giants travel to Carolina on Thursday, Sept. 20; play at Philadelphia on Sunday, Sept. 30; host Green Bay on Sunday, Nov. 25; and, play at Washington on Monday, Dec. 3.
The Jets will play in prime time on four occasions. The Jets host Houston on Monday, Oct. 8; host New England on Thanksgiving night, Nov. 22; play at Tennessee on Monday, Dec. 17; and, host San Diego on Sunday, Dec. 23.
A new wrinkle is the expansion of the Thursday Night Football schedule on NFL Network, with 13 games between weeks 2-15 (excluding Thanksgiving night, which now belongs to NBC). Those games are exclusive to the network, with the simulcast on a broadcast station in the market of the two participating teams. That’s the same policy for ESPN’s Monday Night Football, which features six divisional matchups, and one Saturday night contest.
NBC airs the NFL Kickoff game (Cowboys-Giants), a Thanksgiving night game (Patriots-Jets) and 17 Sunday Night Football contests at 8:20 p.m. From week 11-16, NBC has the option of changing its Sunday night contest (on 12-day notice) by moving a Sunday afternoon game into the slot. The week 17 game will be decided six days prior.
NBC’s schedule includes Peyton Manning’s debut with Denver on Sept. 9; and, an AFC championship rematch between Baltimore and New England on Sept. 23. Sixteen of NBC’s 18 scheduled games include at least one playoff team and 10 include two post-season teams.
Fox presents the National Football Conference and CBS airs the American Football Conference, with games split by virtue of the visiting team. Each network will air nine doubleheaders, sharing the final weekend. However, a doubleheader game on one network cannot be shown against a home-market game on another network. In New York, that means we lose the extra game on Sept. 9 (Fox), Sept. 16 (CBS), Oct. 21 (CBS) and Dec. 2 (CBS).

As for radio, Dial Global/Westwood One will carry all prime-time games, plus Sunday doubleheaders. In New York, those games are most-often heard on WFAN (660-AM), with some games on WBBR (1130-AM). Likely Sunday 4 p.m. games on WFAN would be scheduled for Sept. 9, Sept. 23, Oct. 7 (in progress), Nov. 18, Dec. 2, Dec. 16 (in progress), Dec. 23 (in progress) and Dec. 30 (in progress). There’s also a 1 p.m. slot open on Nov. 25.
Compass Media airs a package of Sunday afternoon games — last season, those broadcasts aired on WALL (1340-AM) and WEOK (1390-AM).
The Giants Radio Network airs on WFAN (660-AM), although preseason and early season games could get moved by conflicts with the Mets. The Jets Radio Network airs on WEPN (1050-AM).

Here is the schedule of games we can expect to see in the New York market, plus the Northeast Pennsylvania/Philadelphia market (for our friends in Pike County and the Pocono region).

Wednesday, September 5
Dallas at Giants, 8:30 p.m. (NBC)
Sunday, September 9
Buffalo at Jets, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Philadelphia at Cleveland, 1 p.m. (Fox in Northeast Pa./Philly market)
No Fox early game in New York
San Francisco at Green Bay – or – Seattle at Arizona – or – Carolina at Tampa Bay, 4:15 p.m. (Fox)
Pittsburgh at Denver, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)
Monday, September 10
Cincinnati at Baltimore, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
San Diego at Oakland, 10:15 p.m. (ESPN)

Thursday, September 13
Chicago at Green Bay, 8:20 p.m. (NFL Network)
Sunday, September 16
Tampa Bay at Giants, 1 p.m. (Fox)
Baltimore at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. (CBS in Northeast Pa./Philly market)
No CBS early game in New York
Jets at Pittsburgh, 4:15 p.m. (CBS)
Detroit at San Francisco, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)
Monday, September 17
Denver at Atlanta, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Thursday, September 20
Giants at Carolina, 8:20 p.m. (NFL Network, New York broadcast TV station TBA)
Sunday, September 23
Jets at Miami, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Tampa Bay at Dallas – or – St. Louis at Chicago – or – San Francisco at Minnesota – or – Detroit at Tennessee, 1 p.m. – or – Philadelphia at Arizona – or – Atlanta at San Diego, 4 p.m. (Fox in New York)
Philadelphia at Arizona, 4 p.m. (Fox in Northeast Pa./Philly market)
Pittsburgh at Oakland – or Houston at Denver, 4:15 p.m. (CBS)
New England at Baltimore, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)
Monday, September 24
Green Bay at Seattle, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Thursday, September 27
Cleveland at Baltimore, 8:20 p.m. (NFL Network)
Sunday, September 30
San Francisco at Jets, 1 p.m. (Fox)
Tennessee at Houston – or – San Diego at Kansas City – or – 4 p.m. New York choices (CBS in Northeast Pa./Philly market)
Oakland at Denver – or – Miami at Arizona – or – Cincinnati at Jacksonville, 4 p.m. (CBS in New York)
New Orleans at Green Bay – or – Washington at Tampa Bay, 4:15 p.m. (Fox)
Giants at Philadelphia, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)
Monday, October 1
Chicago at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Thursday, October 4
Arizona at St. Louis, 8:20 p.m. (NFL Network)
Sunday, October 7
Cleveland at Giants, 1 p.m. (CBS in New York)
Philadelphia at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. (CBS in Northeast Pa./Philly market)
Green Bay at Indianapolis – or – Atlanta at Washington, 1 p.m. – or – 4 p.m. New York choices (Fox in Northeast Pa./Philly market)
Seattle at Carolina – or – Chicago at Jacksonville, 4 p.m. (Fox in New York)
Denver at New England – or – Buffalo at San Francisco, 4:15 p.m. (CBS)
San Diego at New Orleans, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)
Monday, October 8
Houston at Jets, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN, a New York broadcast station TBA)

Thursday, October 11
Pittsburgh at Tennessee, 8:20 p.m. (NFL Network)
Sunday, October 14
Detroit at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. (Fox in Northeast Pa./Philly market)
Dallas at Baltimore – or – Detroit at Philadelphia – or – St. Louis at Miami, 1 p.m. (Fox in New York)
Indianapolis at Jets, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Giants at San Francisco, 4:15 p.m. (Fox)
Green Bay at Houston, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)
Monday, October 15
Denver at San Diego, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Thursday, October 18
Seattle at San Francisco, 8:20 p.m. (NFL Network)
Sunday, October 21
Washington at Giants, 1 p.m. (Fox in New York)
Washington at Giants – or – Dallas at Carolina – or – Arizona at Minnesota – or – Green Bay at St. Louis – or – New Orleans at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. (Fox in Northeast Pa./Philly market)
No CBS early game in New York market
Jets at New England, 4:15 p.m. (CBS)
Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)
Monday, October 22
Detroit at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Thursday, October 25
Tampa Bay at Minnesota, 8:20 p.m. (NFL Network)
Sunday, October 28
Miami at Jets, 1 p.m. (CBS in New York market)
Atlanta at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. (Fox in Northeast Pa./Philly market)
Atlanta at Philadelphia – or – Carolina at Chicago – or – Seattle at Detroit – or – Washington at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. (Fox in New York market)
Oakland at Kansas City, 4 p.m. (CBS in Northeast Pa./Philly market)
Giants at Dallas, 4:15 p.m. (Fox)
New Orleans at Denver, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)
Monday, October 29
San Francisco at Arizona, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Thursday, November 1
Kansas City at San Diego, 8:20 p.m. (NFL Network)
Sunday, November 4
Denver at Cincinnati – or – Baltimore at Cleveland – or – Buffalo at Houston – or – Miami at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Arizona at Green Bay – or – Detroit at Jacksonville – or – Chicago at Tennessee – or – Carolina at Washington, 1 p.m. (Fox in New York)
Tampa Bay at Oakland – or – Minnesota at Seattle – or – 1 p.m. New York choices (Fox in Northeast Pa./Philly market)
Pittsburgh at Giants, 4:15 p.m. (CBS)
Dallas at Atlanta, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)
Monday, November 5
Philadelphia at New Orleans, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Thursday, November 8
Indianapolis at Jacksonville, 8:20 p.m. (NFL Network)
Sunday, November 11
Giants at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. (Fox)
Oakland at Baltimore – or – Denver at Carolina – or – Tennessee at Miami – or – Buffalo at New England – or – San Diego at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. (CBS in Northeast Pa./Philly market))
Jets at Seattle, 4 p.m. (CBS in New York)
Dallas at Philadelphia, 4:15 p.m. (Fox)
Houston at Chicago, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)
Monday, November 12
Kansas City at Pittsburgh, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Thursday, November 15
Miami at Buffalo, 8:20 p.m. (NFL Network)
Sunday, November 18
Jets at St. Louis, 1 p.m. (CBS in New York)
Jets at St. Louis – or – Cleveland at Dallas – or – Jacksonville at Houston – or – Cincinnati at Kansas City – or – Indianapolis at New England, 1 p.m. (CBS in Northeast Pa./Philly market)
Philadelphia at Washington, 1 p.m. (Fox in Northeast Pa./Philly market)
San Diego at Denver, 4:15 p.m. (CBS)
Baltimore at Pittsburgh, 8:20 p.m. (NBC), game may be flexed out
Monday, November 19
Chicago at San Francisco, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Thursday, November 22 (Thanksgiving)
Houston at Detroit, 12:30 p.m. (CBS)
Washington at Dallas, 4:15 p.m. (Fox)
New England at Jets, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)
Sunday, November 25
Minnesota at Chicago – or – Atlanta at Tampa Bay – or – Seattle at Miami, 1 p.m. (Fox)
Oakland at Cincinnati – or – Pittsburgh at Cleveland – or – Buffalo at Indianapolis – or – Tennessee at Jacksonville – or – Denver at Kansas City, 1 p.m. – or – Baltimore at San Diego, 4 p.m. (CBS)
San Francisco at New Orleans – or – St. Louis at Arizona, 4:15 p.m. (Fox)
Green Bay at Giants, 8:20 p.m. (NBC), game may be flexed out
Monday, November 26
Carolina at Philadelphia, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN; a Philly broadcast station TBA)

Thursday, November 29
New Orleans at Atlanta, 8:20 p.m. (NFL Network)
Sunday, December 2
Arizona at Jets, 1 p.m. (Fox in New York market)
Arizona at Jets – or – Seattle at Chicago – or – Minnesota at Green Bay – or – Carolina at Kansas City – or – San Francisco at St. Louis, 1 p.m. (Fox in Northeast Pa./Philly market)
No CBS early game in New York market
Jacksonville at Buffalo – or – Seattle at Chicago – or – Indianapolis at Detroit – or – New England at Miami – or – Houston at Tennessee, 1 p.m. (CBS in Northeast Pa./Philly market)
Pittsburgh at Baltimore – or – Cleveland at Oakland – or – Cincinnati at San Diego, 4:15 p.m. (CBS)
Philadelphia at Dallas, 8:20 p.m. (NBC), game may be flexed out
Monday, December 3
Giants at Washington, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN, a New York broadcast station TBA)

Thursday, December 6
Denver at Oakland, 8:20 p.m. (NFL Network)
Sunday, December 9
Jets at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Philadelphia at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. (Fox in Northeast Pa./Philly market)
Philadelphia at Tampa Bay – or – Dallas at Cincinnati – or – St. Louis at Buffalo – or – Atlanta at Carolina – or – Chicago at Minnesota, 1 p.m. (Fox in New York market)
Jets at Jacksonville – or – Kansas City at Cleveland – or – Tennessee at Indianapolis – or – San Diego at Pittsburgh – or – Baltimore at Washington, 1 p.m. – or – Miami at San Francisco, 4 p.m. (CBS in Northeast Pa./Philly market)
New Orleans at Giants, 4:15 p.m. (Fox)
Detroit at Green Bay, 8:20 p.m. (NBC), game may be flexed out
Monday, December 10
Houston at New England, 8:30 p.m. (NBC)

Thursday, December 13
Cincinnati at Philadelphia, 8:20 p.m. (NFL Network, a Philly broadcast station TBA)
Sunday, December 16
Giants at Atlanta, 1 p.m. (Fox in New York market)
Giants at Atlanta – or – Green Bay at Chicago – or – Washington at Cleveland – or – Tampa Bay at New Orleans – or – Minnesota at St. Louis, 1 p.m. – or – Detroit at Arizona – or – Seattle vs. Buffalo – or – Carolina at San Diego, 4 p.m. (Fox in Northeast Pa./Philly market)
Denver at Baltimore – or – Indianapolis at Houston – or – Jacksonville at Miami, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Pittsburgh at Dallas – or – Kansas City at Oakland, 4:15 p.m. (CBS)
San Francisco at New England, 8:20 p.m. (NBC), game may be flexed out
Monday, December 17
Jets at Tennessee, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN, a New York broadcast station TBA)

Saturday, December 22
Atlanta at Detroit, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Sunday, December 23
Giants at Baltimore, 1 p.m. (Fox)
Washington at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. (Fox)
Oakland at Carolina – or – Tennessee at Green Bay – or – New England at Jacksonville – or – Indianapolis at Kansas City – or – Buffalo at Miami – or – Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. – or – Cleveland at Denver, 4 p.m. (CBS in New York market)
Cleveland at Denver, 4 p.m. (CBS in Northeast Pa./Philly market)
Chicago at Arizona – or – San Francisco at Seattle, 4:15 p.m. (Fox)
San Diego at Jets, 8:20 p.m. (NBC), game may be flexed out
Monday, December 24
No game scheduled

Sunday, December 30
Jets at Buffalo, 1 p.m. (CBS in New York market)
Jets at Buffalo – or – Baltimore at Cincinnati – or – Houston at Indianapolis – or – Miami at New England – or – Cleveland at Pittsburgh – or – Jacksonville at Tennessee, 1 p.m. (CBS in Northeast Pa./Philly market)
Philadelphia at Giants, 1 p.m. (Fox)
Arizona at San Francisco – or – St. Louis at Seattle, 4:15 p.m. (Fox)
Kansas City at Denver – or – Oakland at San Diego, 4:15 p.m. (CBS)
TBA, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Saturday, January 5
AFC and NFC wild-card playoffs TBD, 4:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. (NBC)
Sunday, January 6
AFC wild-card playoff TBD, time TBD (CBS)
NFC wild-card playoff TBD, time TBD (Fox)
Saturday, January 12
AFC Divisional playoff TBD, time TBD (CBS)
NFC Divisional playoff TBD, time TBD (Fox)
Sunday, January 13
AFC Divisional playoff TBD, time TBD (CBS)
NFC Divisional playoff TBD, time TBD (Fox)
Sunday, January 20
AFC Championship TBD, time TBD (CBS)
NFC Divisional playoff TBD, time TBD (Fox)
Sunday, January 27
NFL Pro Bowl, time TBD (NBC)
Sunday, February 3
Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans (CBS)

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