When Does NFL Season Start 2019? Dates, Time, TV Schedule, Live Stream for Week 1

Football returns with a bang on Thursday as the NFL preseason gets underway in earnest after the appetizer of the Hall of Fame Game last week.

The imminent return of preseason football means the regular season is less than a month away. The upcoming NFL campaign will be a historic one for the league, as it will mark the NFL's 100th anniversary and a number of major celebrations are planned throughout the year.

Here's everything you need to know ahead of Week 1 of the regular season.

When does the NFL season start?

The 100th season of the NFL begins on Thursday, September 5. The honor of playing in the curtain raiser is bestowed upon two of the league's oldest franchises when the Chicago Bears host the Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field.

Thirteen games are scheduled for Sunday, September 8, with two games the following day. The Houston Texans travel to New Orleans to face the Saints in the first Monday Night Football of the season, before the Oakland Raiders welcome the Denver Broncos in an all-AFC West affair.

TV coverage

The upcoming season marks the sixth year under the current broadcast contract with ESPN, CBS, FOX and NBC.

The latter will broadcast the opening game on September 5, as well as the prime time Thanksgiving game and Sunday Night Football.

ESPN will broadcast Monday Night Football, while FOX will air Super Bowl LIV and Thursday Night Football, which will also be broadcast on NFL Network.

CBS and FOX will also carry the Sunday afternoon games.

Live stream

Live stream will be available through the four broadcasters' digital platforms, which includes apps on Apple and Android devices as well as via connected TVs. Similarly, NFL Network's game pass will be available via connected TVs and on mobile devices.

Live stream will also be available via fuboTV and DirecTV.

Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers passes as Isaiah Irving #47 of the Chicago Bears closes in at Soldier Field on December 16, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois.The Bears defeated the Packers 24-17. Jonathan Daniel/Getty

TV schedule (all times ET)

Thursday, September 5

  • Green Bay Packers @ Chicago Bears—8:20 p.m., NBC

Sunday, September 8

  • Los Angeles Rams @ Carolina Panthers—1 p.m., FOX
  • Washington Redskins @ Philadelphia Eagles—1 p.m., FOX
  • Buffalo Bills @ New York Jets—1 p.m., CBS
  • Atlanta Falcons @ Minnesota Vikings—1 p.m., FOX
  • Baltimore Ravens @ Miami Dolphins—1 p.m., CBS
  • Kansas City Chiefs @ Jacksonville Jaguars—1 p.m., CBS
  • Tennessee Titans @ Cleveland Browns—1 p.m., CBS
  • Indianapolis Colts @ Los Angeles Chargers—4:05 p.m., CBS
  • Cincinnati Bengals @ Seattle Seahawks—4:05 p.m., CBS
  • San Francisco 49ers @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers—4:25 p.m., FOX
  • New York Giants @ Dallas Cowboys—4:25 p.m., FOX
  • Pittsburgh Steelers @ New England Patriots—8:20 p.m., NBC

Monday, September 9

  • Houston Texans @ New Orleans Saints—7:10 p.m., ESPN
  • Denver Broncos @ Oakland Raiders—10:20 p.m., ESPN


The New England Patriots remain the team to beat, at least in the eyes of oddsmakers. According to data compiled by Vegas Insider, the six-time Super Bowl winners are 6/1 favorites to retain the title they won in February.

The Kansas City Chiefs, who lost to the Patriots 37-31 in the AFC Championship last season are also 6/1 favorites to win Super Bowl LIV.

Behind the AFC duo, NFC rivals Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints are both 10-1 to lift the Vince Lombardi trophy. The two teams made the NFC Championship last season, with the Rams controversially progressing after a missed pass interference call.

The Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts and Philadelphia Eagles all follow at 14/1.