Christmas Day Sports: NFL and NBA games on December 25, 2023

Christmas Day Sports

What are the NFL‘s plans to win the Christmas this year? NFL has a tradition of hosting Thanksgiving games since 1934. The NFL is gathering up top teams and stars to steal up the show from the NBA. Christmas Day Sports transport the audience to another dimension.

“We’re putting some bigger stars in that window,” said Mike North, the NFL’s vice president of broadcast. The league is always looking “to showcase our teams and our stars in windows where historically we haven’t been.”

What are the plans for the holidays coming up? Christmas is knocking at the door with a new year ahead of it. NFL teams- your favorite franchise is surely cooking up a new plan to make the upcoming day special. What would you expect to look forward to?

Football fans must be curious to step into the best part of the year. Let’s discuss where those games will air and what the surprises are. NFL games basically will air on the 23, 24, and 25 of December.

Here is a simplified breakdown of the NFL plans and details of everything you need to know.
For the new year, just as usual NFL will follow its usual pattern. It will air on Thursday night, a Sunday schedule with 3 windows and a Monday night game. Schedules will progress eventually.

“The NBA used to have Christmas to itself, but the NFL is pretty quick to seize upon opportunities in its calendar,” Ed Desser, a sports media consultant and former NBA executive said. “In fact, you could say ‘What took them so long?”

Thursday, December 21

  • New Orleans Saints at Los Angeles Rams: 8:15 p.m. ET, Amazon

Saturday, December 23

  • Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers: 4:30 p.m. ET, NBC

Sunday, December 24

  • Indianapolis Colts at Atlanta Falcons: 1:00 p.m. ET, Fox
  • Green Bay Packers at Carolina Panthers: 1:00 p.m. ET, Fox
  • Cleveland Browns at Houston Texans: 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS
  • Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings: 1:00 p.m. ET, Fox
  • Washington Commanders at New York Jets: 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS
  • Seattle Seahawks at Tennessee Titans: 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS
  • Jacksonville Jaguars at Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 4:05 p.m. ET, CBS
  • Arizona Cardinals at Chicago Bears: 4:25 p.m. ET, Fox
  • Dallas Cowboys at Miami Dolphins: 4:25 p.m. ET, Fox
  • New England Patriots at Denver Broncos: 8:15 p.m. ET, NFL Network

Monday, December 25

  • Las Vegas Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs: 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS
  • New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles: 4:30 p.m. ET, Fox
  • Baltimore Ravens at San Francisco 49ers: 8:15 p.m. ET, ABC
  • Buffalo Bills at Los Angeles Chargers: 8:00 p.m. ET, Peacock

Want to watch NFL games for free?

You can watch NFL games for free on FOX, ABC, or CBS if you have an over-the-air antenna that can pick up your local channels.

You can also watch NFL Christmas Day games without cable

Streaming services that carry FOX, ABC, and CBS like YouTube TV or Fubo can help you to watch the games. You can also watch FOX games on FoxSports.com or the FOX Sports app.

NFL has got tough competition. Who are the competitors?

NFL rules North America, this is the all-time norm. NFL always had the bigger share of the audience. Christmas holidays may turn out different as during the holidays people prefer to watch movies or go for dinner or have many other plans. People may hoover around discounted products in shops, decorate their homes and throw parties. But still football lovers may follow the NFL games.

NFL games that will air on Christmas Eve

Total 10 NFL games will take place on Christmas Eve: Colts vs Falcons, Packers vs Panthers, Browns vs Texans, Lions vs Vikings, Commanders vs Jets, Seahawks vs Titans, Jaguars vs Buccaneers, Cardinals vs Bears, Cowboys vs Dolphins, and Patriots vs Broncos.

NFL teams that will play on Christmas Day 2023?

The 2023 NFL Christmas Day schedule features a tripleheader: Raiders vs Chiefs on CBS, Giants vs Eagles on FOX, and Ravens vs 49ers on ABC.

The battle between NBA and NFL in Christmas

TimeNBANFL
12 p.mBucks at Knicks (ESPN)
1 p.mRaiders at Chiefs (CBS)
2:30 p.m.Warriors at Nuggets (ABC/ESPN)
4:30 p.m.Giants at Eagles (Fox)
5 p.m.Celtics at Lakers (ABC/ESPN)
8 p.m.76ers at Heat (ESPN)
8:15 p.m.Ravens at 49ers (ABC/ESPN)
10:30 p.mMavericks at Suns (ESPN)

NBA always had hit every year. Whereas the NFL audience decreased by 20% compared to the NBA last year according to William Mao, a media consultant at Octagon Inc.

Last Christmas, the NBA’s most-watched game reached up to 6 million viewers, according to Nielsen. At the same time, the NFL’s least-watched matchup had nearly three times the viewership.

But there is still some hope for the NBA, as it has five games scheduled for Christmas. Desser made the point that the league has often put on games during the Super Bowl’s pregame coverage because so many people are already watching.

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