The “Sunday Night Football” matchup in Week 4 features one team with a fan base desiring a quarterback controversy against another that just hopes its starting quarterback can return from injury sooner rather than later.
The Philadelphia Eagles have put down the idea that Carson Wentz could be benched for Jalen Hurts or Nate Sudfeld this early in the season, but Eagles fans aren’t happy with the team’s 0-2-1 start following a tie with the Bengals. The San Francisco 49ers have been dealt huge injury blows the last two weeks and will be anticipating Jimmy Garoppolo’s return from a right ankle sprain.
The 49ers will likely be glad to return home after playing at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey for two-straight weeks while staying on the east coast in between games, while maybe Wentz needs a change of scenery, even without fans, to recapture some of his true talent.
Below is more about the matchup, plus everything to know about how to watch “Sunday Night Football.”
Week 4’s “Sunday Night Football” will be the first prime-time action for both the Eagles and the 49ers in 2020. It’ll present a national stage for Wentz to prove he’s still the quarterback of the present and future in Philadelphia.
San Francisco is coming off two injury-heavy games played at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, two wins over the Jets and Giants. The injuries will leave the 49ers short-handed, though, as they finally return to the west coast for a home game for the first time since Week 1.
Even with absences, the 49ers’ defense coordinated by Robert Saleh is one of the best in football and could cause Wentz and Doug Pederson’s offense some trouble under the bright lights Sunday night.
All “Sunday Night Football” games in 2020 have the same set start time of 8:20 p.m. ET. There are Sunday night games scheduled for every week of the season except Week 17, though the NFL has the ability to flex a game into a Week 17 SNF window.
While the start times for all “Sunday Night Football” games in 2020 will go unchanged, the matchups might be tweaked.
The NFL has a flex scheduling procedure that allows for “quality matchups on Sunday night in those weeks and give surprise teams a chance to play their way onto primetime.” Here are the key rules for flex scheduling:
— Begins Sunday of Week 5 and in effect during Weeks 5-17
— Up to two games may be flexed into Sunday night between Weeks 5-10
— Only Sunday afternoon games are subject to being moved into the Sunday night window
— The game that has been tentatively scheduled for Sunday night during flex weeks will be listed at 8:15 p.m. ET
— The announcement will come no later than 12 days prior to the game
All “Sunday Night Football” games in 2020 will broadcast live on NBC. The network’s TV rights deal with the NFL gives it all “Sunday Night Football” games as well as the annual Thursday night season-opener, and NBC is given a spot in the Super Bowl broadcast rotation.
NBC’s team of announcers features play-by-play man Al Michaels, analyst Cris Collinsworth and sideline reporter Michele Tafoya. However, Michaels this season will be given a few “bye weeks” because his age (75) puts him at a high risk for COVID-19. Veteran broadcaster Mike Tirico will take Michaels’ place on those weeks.
Below are the top TV markets in the United States and the NBC affiliate/TV channel for each.
Because NBC broadcasts all “Sunday Night Football” games, they are available to stream on all of the network’s online platforms. This should be the preferred method for those who have a cable/satellite subscription but can’t get in front of a TV.
For cord-cutters, there are plenty of live streaming options for “Sunday Night Football.” Below are all of them.
Including the Thursday night NFL season-opener that was presented by NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” crew, there are 17 SNF games on the 2020 schedule.
Before flex scheduling impacts the matchups, here is the complete “Sunday Night Football” schedule for 2020.
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