NFL TV schedule news/tidbits and new TV rule that could affect Dolphins – Miami Herald (blog)

Armando Salguero has the full Dolphins schedule here.

Here are some other nuggets on what you can expect to see this fall with America’s most watched television programming:

• Two signs of respect for the Dolphins: The Sunday night, Nov. 5 home game against Oakland is only the Dolphins’ second appearance on NBC’s Sunday night football, the league’s marquee package, since NBC acquired rights in 2006. The other: September 2010 against the Jets. (But the Dolphins/Raiders game can be flexed out under a new rule, as we explain below.)

Also, last year the Dolphins’ Thursday night game at Cincinnati was relegated only to NFL Network. This year, Miami’s Thursday night, Oct. 26 game at Baltimore, will be one of five games on both CBS and NFL Net.

Including the Sunday morning, Oct. 1 Saints game in London, Miami has five national appearances.

• The Thursday games have been lopsided at times the past two years, and this year’s schedule is well, decent.

The five Thursday night CBS-only games: Chicago-Green Bay in Week 4, New England-Tampa Bay in Week 5, Philadelphia-Carolina in Week 6, Kansas City-Oakland in Week 7 and Miami-Baltimore in Week 8.

CBS’ new lead analyst, Tony Romo, is expected to work those games with Jim Nantz.

The NBC-only Thursday night games: Chiefs-Patriots on opening night Sept. 7; Seattle-Arizona in Week 10, Tennessee-Pittsburgh in Week 11, Washington-Dallas in Week 13, Giants-Redskins on Thanksgiving, New Orleans-Atlanta in Week 14, Denver-Indianapolis in Week 15 and Pittsburgh-Houston on Christmas at 4:30 p.m. (followed by an Oakland-Philadelphia ESPN game on Christmas night).

These Thursday games were relegated only to NFL Net: Houston-Cincinnati in Week 1, LA Rams-San Francisco in Week 3, Buffalo-Jets in Week 9, Chicago-Detroit in Week 15.

NFL Net also has one Sunday morning game (Minnesota-Cleveland on Oct. 29

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