2024 NFL schedule to feature two Wednesday Christmas games

By Kevin Kelley -

The 2024 NFL schedule will feature two games on Christmas Day, the league announced at the Annual League Meeting on Tuesday.

The Christmas Day doubleheader this season is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2024. Additionally, the four teams that play on that Wednesday will have played the previous weekend on Saturday, Dec. 21.

“From what we’ve seen the last couple years is really some unprecedented growth, and not just on Christmas, on Thanksgiving, too,” Hans Schroeder, NFL executive vice president of media distribution said on Tuesday. “The last couple of years have had the highest-regular season game ever viewed in the regular season. That mindset, that opportunity, that belief we have that football brings people together — that’s even truer on these big holidays that happen throughout the year.

“When we saw the viewership from this past year, really our fans spoke. We certainly saw and believe that they are very much enjoying and wanting NFL football on Christmas. So what we’re going to do is we’re going to play a couple of games, like we’ve typically played for well over a decade, probably more than that, on Saturday of Week 16, and then come back and play a couple of games on Christmas Day on Wednesday.”

Last season, three NFL contests were played on Christmas Day, which fell on a Monday. Those matchups featured the Raiders at Chiefs, Giants at Eagles, and Ravens at 49ers.

The 2024 NFL regular-season is scheduled to kickoff on Thursday, Sept. 5 and will feature the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs hosting an opponent to be determined.

The NFL Playoff Schedule is scheduled to begin on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2025 with the Wild-Card Round. The Divisional Round will be played the weekend of Jan. 18-19, followed by the AFC and NFC championship games on Sunday, Jan. 26.

Super Bowl LIX is slated for Sunday, Feb. 9, 2025 at Caesars Superdome in New Orleans, La. The game will kickoff at 6:30pm ET and will be televised by FOX.

The NFL Preseason Schedule will begin with the NFL/Hall of Fame Game at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio, on Thursday, Aug. 1. This years game pits the Chicago Bears against the Houston Texans at 8:00pm ET.

Below are links to the 2024 NFL schedules for all 32 teams. Opponents for each team are set, while dates will likely be announced in early May.

AFC East

AFC North

AFC South

AFC West

NFC East

NFC North

NFC South

NFC West

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Wow—this is sickening. The NFL couldn’t care less about its players. I am not sure I read this correctly. Is there a two day rest and then on a game on Wednesday?

But, we’re seeing this in college athletics. They have to every dollar, every single one. They don’t care about anything else.

The NBA used to have a game on Christmas, and then two; now they have 5. It’s no longer special. The NFL can’t let the NBA have that day any longer.

Of course, the players give in, because they gotta get paid, too.

Fans love bending over though. From PSLs, to buying streaming services to watch games, we comply like the loyal soldiers that we have become.

Will the dam ever break. How much is too much?

The best part is that they changed the kickoff and banned the hip drop tackle in the name of “safety” yet they turn around and schedule more games on a short week. At some point they are going to make the game unwatchable between rule changes and having guys play on short rest.

“The teams that play on Wednesday will play on the prior Saturday.” — That means the NFL is going to play at least two, and probably three games, on that Saturday, in competition with the first round of the college football playoff. It’s a giant F-U from the NFL to college football.

I did see that the teams playing on Christmas will play on the Saturday before to give them three days of rest, which has been standard practice for short-notice games.

I just don’t like it–but I have to work this Christmas so I won’t be missing much!


Here’s My dream NFL schedule for 2024

Thursday Evening 8:15PN

Minnesota at LA Rams(Amazon)

Sunday 9:30AM

NY Jets vs Jacksonville at London(ESPN+)

Sunday Afternoon

CBS Single

Baltimore at Houston 1:00PM

Denver at Kansas City 1:00PM

Tampa Bay at NY Giants 1:00PM

Tennesse at Indianapolis 1:00PM

New Orleans at LA Chargers 4:05PM

FOX Doubleheader

Detroit at Chicago 1:00PM

Seattle at New England 1:00PM

Atlanta at Carolina 1:00PM

Dallas at Philadelphia 4:25PM(GOTW)

Arizona at San Francisco 4:25PM(Secondary)

Sunday Night 8:20PM

Miami at Buffalo(NBC)

Monday Night 8:15PM

Pittsburgh at Cleveland(ESPN)

Bye:Green Bay,Washington,Cincinnati and Las Vegas

GOTW-Game Of The Week