Christmas Eve falls on an NFL Sunday, which will slightly alter the traditional schedule. How many teams are slated to play on December 24?
The NFL Schedule is officially out and there are a lot of different ways to dissect it. While a lot of fans look to the primetime packages or holidays, it is worth taking a special look at how Week 16 is impacted by Christmas Eve.
The NFL does its business a bit differently when Christmas Eve falls on a football Sunday and the traditional weekly schedule is a bit different in that week.
A few games have shifted off of Sunday, including a tripleheader on Christmas Day and NBC’s Sunday Night Football broadcast shifting to Saturday afternoon, which leads into a Peacock broadcast of the Buffalo Bills taking on the Los Angeles Chargers.
Who Is Playing In The NFL On Christmas Eve?
The NFL schedule features a grand total of 10 games on Christmas Eve, and they are broken down into the following windows:
1:00 p.m. ET Games
- Indianapolis Colts at Atlanta Falcons – FOX
- Seattle Seahawks at Tennessee Titans – CBS
- Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings – FOX
- Washington Commanders at New York Jets – CBS
- Green Bay Packers at Carolina Panthers – FOX
- Cleveland Browns at Houston Texans – CBS
4:05 p.m. ET Games
- Jacksonville Jaguars at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – CBS
4:25 p.m. ET Games
- Arizona Cardinals at Chicago Bears – FOX
- Dallas Cowboys at Miami Dolphins – FOX
8:15 p.m. ET Games
- New England Patriots at Denver Broncos – NFL Network
FOX will have the doubleheader on Christmas Eve with its headliner game being a 4:25 p.m. clash between the Cowboys and Dolphins. NFL Network will air a Sunday night broadcast between the Patriots and Broncos, marking the second straight year that a night game aired on Christmas Eve after last season’s Raiders-Steelers clash that marked the 50th anniversary of the Immaculate Reception.
It is also worth mentioning that flex scheduling is not applicable to Christmas Eve games so these time slots are officially locked.