How Do You Read a NFL Football Game Schedule?


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An NFL football game schedule, such as the one at NFL.com, typically includes information about the time the game begins, the channel on which the game is televised, which team is the home team and which team is the visiting team. Almost every NFL game is played in one of the two teams' home cities and stadiums. The team playing in its home city is referred to as the home team and is typically listed second.

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Some NFL football game schedules can also include radio broadcast information or details about where fans can stream the game online. While many NFL football game schedules list teams by their team names, such as Packers, Vikings, Bears or Lions, others list the teams by their cities or state, such as Green Bay, Minnesota, Chicago or Detroit. Most NFL games are played on Sundays, but NFL schedules also include games played on Thursdays, Mondays and Saturdays. Thursday night games are usually listed first on a weekly schedule, and Monday night games are typically listed at the end.

Online NFL football game schedules can also include information about how and where to purchase tickets. The schedule at NFL.com has some features that are not commonly found in a more basic schedule. NFL.com's schedule features bar graphs that display each team's offensive and defensive output, as well as a summary of the results of previous head-to-head matchups between two teams currently set to play each other.

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