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What channel is Saints vs. Buccaneers on today? Schedule, time for ‘Sunday Night Football’ in Week 9

Someday, the two quarterbacks playing on Week 9’s “Sunday Night Football” will have busts near each other in Canton, Ohio at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Tom Brady and his Buccaneers host Drew Brees and the Saints on Sunday night in Tampa at Raymond James Stadium. The Bucs, at 6-2, hold a small edge in the NFC South standings over the Saints, who are 5-2. New Orleans won a matchup between these opponents in Week 1, but the Buccaneers have a chance to take a huge hold on the division with a win Sunday on NBC.

One narrative sure to be raised throughout the broadcast is Brees and Brady’s duel pursuit of the NFL’s career passing touchdown record. The duo enters the game tied, having both thrown 560 regular-season touchdowns in their NFL careers.

More important to the outcome could be two things: How the Buccaneers handle star running back Alvin Kamara, and whether Brees finds any success throwing down the field. If Tampa Bay gets out to any early lead, Brees’ NFL-low average intended air yards could make a comeback that much tougher. 

Below is everything to know about this week’s “Sunday Night Football” game between the Saints and Buccaneers in Week 9.

What channel is Saints vs. Buccaneers on today?

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.

The usual gang of Al Michaels as play-by-play and Cris Collinsworth as the color commentator are back in the booth with Michele Tafoya working the sidelines.

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

In Canada the game is live streamed on DAZN and is also on TSN and CTV2.

What time is the Saints vs. Buccaneers game on?

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 teams featured in the time slot can be altered beginning in Week 5.

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

— Began Sunday of Week 5 and is 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

NFL live stream for Saints vs. Buccaneers 

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.

In Canada, the game is available on DAZN, which live streams every NFL game.

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