With the 2013 NFL season about to kick off, you may look at the schedule and note that this year looks quite similar to last year. The 49ers are expected to be contenders while the Raiders look to be cellar-dwellers. Their schedules reflect that, so it should be no surprise that their TV appearances reflect it as well.
When you go to the Super Bowl, you may expect that the following season, you’ll have lots of national telecasts. As it turns out, the 49ers will be in that situation for the first five weeks right out of the gate.
This includes an opening-week rematch against the Packers on Fox, a Week 2 battle at the Seahawks on NBC, Week 3 hosting the Colts on CBS, a Thursday night visit to the Rams on NFL Network for Week 4, and back to NBC for a Sunday night home tilt against the Texans. Win or lose, everyone’s going to be seeing a lot of the 49ers right off the bat.
And it doesn’t end there. They’re back on Fox’s national broadcast when they take on the Saints in Week 11. The following week, they’re at the Redskins on Monday Night Football. Then it’s back to Fox for their rematch with the Seahawks at the Stick on Week 14. And finally, there’s a Week 16 rematch of the NFC Championship when the Falcons come to town, also on ESPN’s MNF.
That’s at least nine national telecasts on all five networks that air NFL contests. Whew.
On the other side of the coin, and the Bay, there’s the Raiders. Coming off a 4-12 season with a young, inexperienced quarterback, all they can do is hope that Terrelle Pryor has a similar fate at Russell Wilson, the Seahawks QB who, last year, ended up starting over Matt Flynn, and rode his team to unexpected success.
The Silver and Black have only two national telecasts, and they’re lucky to have those. The first is Week 3 at the Broncos on MNF, and the second is on Thanksgiving Day at the Cowboys on CBS.
Beyond that, it’s regional Sunday telecasts for them, mostly on CBS with a pair on Fox, and none are either network’s primary game on any week. Eight of them will, of course, be home games, and, as usual, it’ll be a struggle for the Raiders to sell enough tickets each week to ensure there are no blackouts.
If you’re looking for something new this year, look to the North and the aforementioned Seahawks. As they’ve become a formidable rival to the 49ers, look for more contests featuring those upstarts from the Puget Sound on your TV, as these two battle for the NFC West crown.
That’s a look at the upcoming season, with both local squads kicking things off on Sunday. Are you ready?