It’s been nearly two years since the NFL took a major step to expand its reach to the American public.
Now it’s time for the league to get back on the holiday circuit.
With NFL Network in the air and a new NFL Network-affiliated channel on the horizon, NFL fans will finally have a reliable source of NFL news for the holidays.
But first, here are 10 things you need to know about the holiday season.
The NFL is going on a holiday break: In February, the league announced plans to extend its holidays coverage to the U.S. in 2019.
That means the NFL will be on a three-month holiday break for the second year in a row, with the league saying the move is aimed at helping fans “engage with their team.”
The league said the move was made after “extending our time off in the best way possible,” noting that the season will end in late November.
“We’re taking the holiday break to help the game grow and become a more connected, meaningful and meaningful experience for fans, so they can be engaged with their teams,” NFL vice president of communications Adam Schefter said in a statement.
“It’s a smart move that will help fans enjoy the holiday spirit and help our game thrive.”
Schefter went on to say the move will help “create more connected and meaningful experiences for fans” and “increase engagement across the game.”
The new channel will launch in November: NFL Network will launch on NFL Network on November 12, 2018.
This is the network’s second year on the air, and it’ll have a lineup of games with the New York Giants, Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay Packers and Atlanta Falcons.
The network will have two new channels — NFL Network Extra and NFL Extra Extra Extra — on the move, with an expanded NFL Network subscription available for those who already have NFL Network.
The first NFL Network channel will be called NFL Extra: The NFL Network and the new channel that comes with the subscription will be titled NFL Extra.
Schefter explained the move in a blog post on Thursday, writing that “NFL Extra Extra will be a brand-new channel on NFL.com, with exclusive content exclusive to NFL Network.”
The new NFL Extra channel will offer a variety of content that will be “similar to the NFL Network experience,” such as video, podcasts and game analysis.
The New York Jets will play at the Green Bay Packers: The Jets will visit the Green Backs on Sunday.
The game will be televised on NBCSN, with NBCSN’s Pete Prisco tweeting that the game will “not be televised outside of the NFL network.”
The Miami Dolphins will play the Baltimore Ravens: The Dolphins will be hosting the Ravens in Week 1 of the 2018 NFL season.
Miami will be in its first season on the road, and the game is set to kick off at 2 p.m.
It’ll be the first of two games on the week that will not be broadcast in the United States.
The Pittsburgh Steelers will host the New Orleans Saints: The Steelers will be playing at home against the New England Patriots on Sunday in Week 6 of the 2019 NFL season, and will be the last of three games on a week-long Thanksgiving weekend.
The Houston Texans will play Minnesota Vikings: The Texans will take on the Vikings on Sunday at 8:30 p.-m.
in Week 4 of the 2020 NFL season — the second game of a weeklong Thanksgiving.
The Texans also face the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday and the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday.
The Indianapolis Colts will host Seattle Seahawks: The Colts will be back home for the first time in two seasons, hosting the Seahawks in Week 7 of the 2021 NFL season on Monday Night Football.
The Atlanta Falcons will play Dallas Cowboys: The Falcons will host Cowboys in Week 13 of the 2022 NFL season and will play in Week 5 of the 23rd.
The Chicago Bears will play Philadelphia Eagles: The Bears will host Eagles in Week 12 of the 2023 NFL season in a game that will air on NBC.
The Bears are the only team in the NFL that will play four games on Thanksgiving weekend, the last three of which will be against NFC East opponents.