Who plays on ‘Sunday Night Football’ tonight? Time, TV channel, schedule for NFL Week 5

The “Sunday Night Football” matchup in Week 5 will be a prime-time opportunity for Russell Wilson to continue making his MVP case.

Wilson and his Seattle Seahawks will welcome the Minnesota Vikings to CenturyLink Field for an 8:20 p.m. ET kickoff. Minnesota has struggled out of the gate to a 1-3 start, although a Week 4 win over Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans has the Vikings moving in the right direction. They’ll have a tough task in beating Russ at home, though.

Entering Week 5, Wilson leads the NFL in completion percentage (75.2), touchdown passes (16), passing yards per attempt (9.4) and quarterback rating (136.7). Kirk Cousins will have a tough task keeping up with a Seattle offense that has Wilson cooking on all cylinders. 

Below is more about the matchup, plus everything to know about how to watch “Sunday Night Football.”

Who plays on “Sunday Night Football” tonight?

The Seahawks already have a prime-time win in 2020, having defeated Cam Newton and the New England Patriots in Week 2. That was also a “Sunday Night Football” game, so Wilson and co. will look to go two-for-two on Sunday night so far this season. 

Seattle won’t play in prime time again this season, although the Seahawks go back-to-back with prime-time games in Week 11 and 12. They’ll play on Thursday night in Week 11 before getting an extra long rest and playing Monday night in Week 12. 

The Vikings get their first of two prime-time opportunities in 2020 Sunday night. Minnesota will play in Chicago on Monday night in Week 10.

What time is the NFL game tonight?

All “Sunday Night Football” games in 2020 have the same set start time of 8:20 p.m. ET. There are Sunday night games scheduled for every week of the season except Week 17, though the NFL has the ability to flex a game into a Week 17 SNF window.

While the start times for all “Sunday Night Football” games in 2020 will go unchanged, the matchups might be tweaked.

The NFL has a flex scheduling procedure that allows for “quality matchups on Sunday night in those weeks and give surprise teams a chance to play their way onto primetime.” Here are the key rules for flex scheduling:

— Begins Sunday of Week 5 and in effect during Weeks 5-17

— Up to two games may be flexed into Sunday night between Weeks 5-10

— Only Sunday afternoon games are subject to being moved into the Sunday night window

— The game that has been tentatively scheduled for Sunday night during flex weeks will be listed at 8:15 p.m. ET

— The announcement will come no later than 12 days prior to the game

What channel is “Sunday Night Football” on tonight?

All “Sunday Night Football” games in 2020 will broadcast live on NBC. The network’s TV rights deal with the NFL gives it all “Sunday Night Football” games as well as the annual Thursday night season-opener, and NBC is given a spot in the Super Bowl broadcast rotation.

NBC’s team of announcers features play-by-play man Al Michaels, analyst Cris Collinsworth and sideline reporter Michele Tafoya. However, Michaels this season will be given a few “bye weeks” because his age (75) puts him at a high risk for COVID-19. Veteran broadcaster Mike Tirico will take Michaels’ place on those weeks.

Below are the top TV markets in the United States and the NBC affiliate/TV channel for each.

NFL live stream for “Sunday Night Football”

Because NBC broadcasts all “Sunday Night Football” games, they are available to stream on all of the network’s online platforms. This should be the preferred method for those who have a cable/satellite subscription but can’t get in front of a TV.

For cord-cutters, there are plenty of live streaming options for “Sunday Night Football.” Below are all of them.

“Sunday Night Football” schedule

Including the Thursday night NFL season-opener that was presented by NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” crew, there are 17 SNF games on the 2020 schedule.

Before flex scheduling impacts the matchups, here is the complete “Sunday Night Football” schedule for 2020.

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