1978 NFL Season

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As originally written by Jimmy Delach and Tim Brulia:


The NFL becomes the billion dollar league with a new four year contract in place with the status quo networks. The NFL also increases the number of regular season games from 14 to 16. A second wild card is added to each conference, which in turn adds an additional playoff game. No real changes are seen for CBS and NBC for the next four years, but ABC will increase its portion with 16 Monday night games, AND four additional primetime games, either on Thursday nights or Sunday nights.

*=uncertain; any confirmation help is necessary.


PRESEASON

7/29/78 Miami vs. Philadelphia @ Canton (HOF Game) 3:30--HOWARD COSELL, FRANK GIFFORD

8/12/78 Dallas @ Denver (CBS) 3:00--PAT SUMMERALL, SONNY JURGENSEN, IRV CROSS

8/18/78 Minnesota @ Miami (ABC) 9:00--HOWARD COSELL, FRANK GIFFORD

8/20/78 Oakland @ San Francisco (NBC) 4:00--CURT GOWDY, JOHN BRODIE

8/25/78 San Francisco @ Denver (ABC) 9:00--HOWARD COSELL, FRANK GIFFORD

8/26/78 Los Angeles @ Oakland (NBC) 9:00--DICK ENBERG, MERLIN OLSEN

8/27/78 Cleveland @ New England (CBS) 1:45--PAT SUMMERALL, TOM BROOKSHIER, SONNY JURGENSEN


WEEK 1, 1978 - NBC Doubleheader:

Saturday 9/2:

Giants-Buccaneers, 8, WCBS-New York, Steve Albert, Nick Buoniconti

Sunday 9/3:

Packers-Lions, 1, CBS, Lindsey Nelson, Paul Hornung

Oilers-Falcons, 1, NBC, Dick Enberg, Merlin Olsen

Chiefs-Bengals, 1, NBC, Jim Simpson, Paul Warfield

Rams-Eagles, 1, CBS, Vin Scully, Tom Brookshier

Dolphins-Jets, 1, NBC, Charlie Jones, Len Dawson

Vikings-Saints, 1, CBS, Gary Bender, Johnny Unitas

Steelers-Bills, 1, NBC, Jay Randolph, Mike Haffner

49ers-Browns, 1, CBS, Bill Mazer, Tom Matte

Redskins-Patriots, 1, CBS, Don Criqui, Hank Stram

Cardinals-Bears, 2, CBS, Bob Costas, Johnny Morris

Raiders-Broncos, 4, NBC, Curt Gowdy, John Brodie

Chargers-Seahawks, 4, NBC, Marv Albert, Bob Trumpy

Monday 9/4:

Colts-Cowboys, 9, ABC, Frank Gifford, Don Meredith, Howard Cosell


WEEK 2, 1978 - NBC Doubleheader:

Saturday 9/9:

Lions-Buccaneers, 8, WJBK-Detroit, Ray Lane, Charley Neal

Sunday 9/10:

Bengals-Browns, 1, NBC, Curt Gowdy, John Brodie

Cowboys-Giants, 1, CBS, Don Criqui, Tom Brookshier, Sonny Jurgensen

Saints-Packers (Milwaukee), 1, CBS, Bill Mazer, Hank Stram, Nick Buoniconti

Eagles-Redskins, 1, CBS, Lindsey Nelson, Paul Hornung, Roman Gabriel

Seahawks-Steelers, 1, NBC, Sam Nover, Mike Haffner

Oilers-Chiefs, 2, NBC, Marv Albert, Ed Podolak

Falcons-Rams, 4, CBS, Vin Scully, George Allen

Bears-49ers, 4, CBS, Frank Glieber, Johnny Morris

Dolphins-Colts, 4, NBC, Jay Randolph, Bob Trumpy

Patriots-Cardinals, 4, NBC, Dick Enberg, Merlin Olsen

Jets-Bills, 4, NBC, Charlie Jones, Len Dawson

Raiders-Chargers, 4, NBC, Jim Simpson, Paul Warfield

Monday 9/11:

Broncos-Vikings, 9, ABC, Frank Gifford, Don Meredith, Howard Cosell


WEEK 3, 1978 - CBS Doubleheader:

Sunday 9/17:

Bears-Lions, 1, CBS, Tim Ryan, Johnny Morris

Browns-Falcons, 1, NBC, Jim Simpson, Paul Warfield

Chiefs-Giants, 1, NBC, Dick Enberg, Merlin Olsen

Steelers-Bengals, 1, NBC, Curt Gowdy, John Brodie

Seahawks-Jets, 1, NBC, Marv Albert, Bob Trumpy

Raiders-Packers, 2, NBC, Sam Nover, Len Dawson

Eagles-Saints, 2, CBS, Gary Bender, Hank Stram

49ers-Oilers, 2, CBS, Lindsey Nelson, Paul Hornung

Buccaneers-Vikings, 2, CBS, Jim Thacker, Tom Matte

Redskins-Cardinals, 2, CBS, Vin Scully, George Allen, Jim Brown

Bills-Dolphins, 4, NBC, Stu Nahan, Paul Maguire

Cowboys-Rams, 4, CBS, Pat Summerall, Tom Brookshier, Sonny Jurgensen, Frank Glieber

Chargers-Broncos, 4, NBC, Jay Randolph, Mike Haffner

Monday 9/18:

Colts-Patriots, 9, ABC, Frank Gifford, Don Meredith, Howard Cosell


WEEK 4, 1978 - CBS Doubleheader:

Sunday 9/24:

Colts-Bills, 1, NBC, Sam Nover, Bob Trumpy

Browns-Steelers, 1, NBC, Dick Enberg, Merlin Olsen

Rams-Oilers, 1, CBS, Vin Scully, George Allen, Jim Brown

Dolphins-Eagles, 1, NBC, Jim Simpson, Paul Warfield

Saints-Bengals, 1, CBS, Gary Bender, Hank Stram

Jets-Redskins, 1, NBC, Curt Gowdy, John Brodie

Broncos-Chiefs, 2, NBC, Charlie Jones, Len Dawson

Falcons-Buccaneers, 4, CBS, Tim Ryan, Johnny Unitas

Lions-Seahawks, 4, CBS, Frank Glieber, Bill Mazer

Packers-Chargers, 4, CBS, Lindsey Nelson, Paul Hornung

Cardinals-Cowboys, 4, CBS, Pat Summerall, Tom Brookshier, Sonny Jurgensen

49ers-Giants, 4, CBS, Don Criqui, Tom Matte

Patriots-Raiders, 9, ABC, Frank Gifford, Don Meredith, Howard Cosell

Monday 9/25:

Vikings-Bears, 9, ABC, Frank Gifford, Don Meredith, Howard Cosell


WEEK 5, 1978 - NBC Doubleheader:

Sunday 10/1:

Oilers-Browns, 1, NBC, Dick Enberg, Merlin Olsen

Chiefs-Bills, 1, NBC, Marv Albert, Ed Podolak

Vikings-Buccaneers, 1, CBS, Frank Glieber, Paul Hornung, Johnny Unitas

Giants-Falcons, 1, CBS, Don Criqui, Tom Brookshier, Sonny Jurgensen

Steelers-Jets, 1, NBC, Sam Nover, Bob Trumpy

Cardinals-Dolphins, 1, CBS, Gary Bender, Hank Stram, Nick Buoniconti

Chargers-Patriots, 1, NBC, Charlie Jones, Len Dawson

Lions-Packers (Milwaukee), 2, CBS, Bob Costas, Johnny Morris

Rams-Saints, 2, CBS, Lindsey Nelson, George Allen, Jim Brown

Eagles-Colts, 2, CBS, Tim Ryan, Tom Matte, Roman Gabriel

Bengals-49ers, 4, NBC, Jim Simpson, Paul Warfield

Raiders-Bears, 4, NBC, Curt Gowdy, John Brodie

Seahawks-Broncos, 4, NBC, Jay Randolph, Mike Haffner

Monday 10/2:

Cowboys-Redskins, 9, ABC, Frank Gifford, Don Meredith, Howard Cosell


WEEK 6, 1978 - CBS Doubleheader:

Sunday 10/8:

Falcons-Steelers, 1, CBS, Bob Costas, Tom Matte

Bills-Jets, 1, NBC, Marv Albert, Ed Podolak

Eagles-Patriots, 1, CBS, Gary Bender, Hank Stram

Redskins-Lions, 1, CBS, Don Criqui, Nick Buoniconti

Colts-Cardinals, 2, NBC, Jim Simpson, Paul Warfield

Bears-Packers, 2, CBS, Tim Ryan, Johnny Morris

Browns-Saints, 2, NBC, Dick Enberg, Merlin Olsen

Buccaneers-Chiefs, 2, CBS, Jim Thacker, Roman Gabriel

Broncos-Chargers, 4, NBC, Charlie Jones, Len Dawson

Oilers-Raiders, 4, NBC, Curt Gowdy, John Brodie

Vikings-Seahawks, 4, CBS, Vin Scully, George Allen, Jim Brown

Giants-Cowboys, 4, CBS, Pat Summerall, Tom Brookshier

49ers-Rams, 4, CBS, Lindsey Nelson, Paul Hornung

Monday 10/9:

Bengals-Dolphins, 9, ABC, Frank Gifford, Don Meredith, Howard Cosell


WEEK 7, 1978 - CBS Doubleheader:

Sunday 10/15:

Lions-Falcons, 1, CBS, Vin Scully, George Allen, Jim Brown

Patriots-Bengals, 1, NBC, Sam Nover, Bob Trumpy

Steelers-Browns, 1, NBC, Dick Enberg, Merlin Olsen

Seahawks-Packers (Milwaukee), 1, NBC, Charlie Jones, Len Dawson

Buccaneers-Giants, 1, CBS, Don Criqui, Sonny Jurgensen

Redskins-Eagles, 1, CBS, Tim Ryan, Tom Matte, Johnny Unitas

Bills-Oilers, 2, WKBW-Buffalo, Rick Azar, Paul Maguire

Cowboys-Cardinals, 2, CBS, Lindsey Nelson, Paul Hornung

Jets-Colts, 2, WPIX-New York, Jim Simpson, Paul Warfield

Chiefs-Raiders, 4, KMBC-Kansas City, Jay Randolph, Mike Haffner

Rams-Vikings, 4, CBS, Pat Summerall, Tom Brookshier

Dolphins-Chargers, 4, WCKT-Miami, Marv Albert, John Brodie

Saints-49ers, 4, CBS, Gary Bender, Hank Stram

Monday 10/16:

Bears-Broncos, 9, ABC, Frank Gifford, Don Meredith, Howard Cosell


WEEK 8, 1978 - NBC Doubleheader

Sunday 10/22:

Bears-Buccaneers, 1, CBS, Tim Ryan, Johnny Morris

Bengals-Bills, 1, NBC, Jay Randolph, Paul Maguire

Cardinals-Jets, 1, CBS, Don Criqui, Sonny Jurgensen, Nick Buoniconti

Chargers-Lions, 1, NBC, Curt Gowdy, John Brodie

Redskins-Giants, 1, CBS, Pat Summerall, Tom Brookshier

Browns-Chiefs, 2, NBC, Jim Simpson, Paul Warfield

Packers-Vikings, 2, CBS, Lindsey Nelson, Paul Hornung

Eagles-Cowboys, 2, CBS, Frank Glieber, Tom Matte, Bill Mazer

Falcons-49ers, 4, CBS, Vin Scully, George Allen, Jim Brown

Broncos-Colts, 4, NBC, Marv Albert, Mike Haffner

Dolphins-Patriots, 4, NBC, Dick Enberg, Merlin Olsen

Saints-Rams, 4, CBS, Gary Bender, Hank Stram

Raiders-Seahawks, 4, NBC, Charlie Jones, Len Dawson

Monday 10/23:

Oilers-Steelers, 9, ABC, Frank Gifford, Howard Cosell


WEEK 9, 1978 - NBC Doubleheader:

Thursday 10/26:

Vikings-Cowboys, 8:30, ABC, Frank Gifford, Don Meredith, Howard Cosell

Sunday 10/29:

Bills-Browns, 1, NBC, Sam Nover, Bob Trumpy

Oilers-Bengals, 1, NBC, Jim Simpson, Paul Warfield

Chiefs-Steelers, 1, NBC, Jay Randolph, Paul Maguire

Jets-Patriots, 1, NBC, Dick Enberg, Merlin Olsen

Cardinals-Eagles, 1, CBS, Gary Bender, Hank Stram

49ers-Redskins, 1, CBS, Vin Scully, George Allen, Jim Brown

Lions-Bears, 2, CBS, Tim Ryan, Johnny Morris, Bill Mazer

Giants-Saints, 2, CBS, Pat Summerall, Tom Brookshier

Buccaneers-Packers, 2, CBS, Lindsey Nelson, Paul Hornung

Colts-Dolphins, 4, NBC, Marv Albert, Ed Podolak

Broncos-Seahawks, 4, NBC, Curt Gowdy, John Brodie

Chargers-Raiders, 4, NBC, Charlie Jones, Len Dawson

Monday 10/30:

Rams-Falcons, 9, ABC, Frank Gifford, Howard Cosell


WEEK 10, 1978 - CBS Doubleheader:

Sunday 11/5:

Lions-Vikings, 1, CBS, Vin Scully, George Allen, Jim Brown

Packers-Eagles, 1, CBS, Tim Ryan, Sonny Jurgensen

Patriots-Bills, 1, NBC, Sam Nover, Len Dawson

Saints-Steelers, 1, CBS, Don Criqui, Hank Stram

Giants-Cardinals, 1, CBS, Lindsey Nelson, Paul Hornung

49ers-Falcons, 1, CBS, Frank Glieber, Johnny Unitas

Seahawks-Bears, 1, NBC, Curt Gowdy, John Brodie

Browns-Oilers, 2, NBC, Jim Simpson, Paul Warfield

Raiders-Chiefs, 2, NBC, Jay Randolph, Ed Podolak

Bengals-Chargers, 4, NBC, Charlie Jones, Bob Trumpy

Cowboys-Dolphins, 4, CBS, Pat Summerall, Tom Brookshier

Jets-Broncos, 4, NBC, Dick Enberg, Merlin Olsen

Buccaneers-Rams, 4, CBS, Bob Costas, Tom Matte

Monday 11/6:

Redskins-Colts, 9, ABC, Frank Gifford, Don Meredith, Howard Cosell


WEEK 11, 1978 - CBS Doubleheader:

Sunday 11/12:

Broncos-Browns, 1, NBC, Curt Gowdy, John Brodie

Oilers-Patriots, 1, NBC, Charlie Jones, Len Dawson

Dolphins-Bills, 1, NBC, Marv Albert, Ed Podolak

Giants-Redskins, 1, CBS, Vin Scully, George Allen, Jim Brown

Jets-Eagles, 1, NBC, Dick Enberg, Merlin Olsen

Buccaneers-Lions, 1, CBS, Don Criqui, Sonny Jurgensen

Falcons-Saints, 2, CBS, Frank Glieber, Tom Matte

Bears-Vikings, 2, CBS, Lindsey Nelson, Paul Hornung

Colts-Seahawks, 4, NBC, Jim Simpson, Paul Warfield

Cowboys-Packers (Milwaukee), 4, CBS, Pat Summerall, Tom Brookshier

Chiefs-Chargers, 4, NBC, Jay Randolph, Mike Haffner

Cardinals-49ers, 4, CBS, Gary Bender, Hank Stram

Steelers-Rams, 9, ABC, Frank Gifford, Howard Cosell

Monday 11/13:

Raiders-Bengals, 9, ABC, Frank Gifford, Don Meredith, Howard Cosell


WEEK 12, 1978 - CBS Doubleheader:

Sunday 11/19:

Bills-Buccaneers, 1, NBC, Jay Randolph, Bob Trumpy

Patriots-Jets, 1, NBC, Charlie Jones, Len Dawson

Eagles-Giants, 1, CBS, Don Criqui, Sonny Jurgensen

Cardinals-Redskins, 1, CBS, Gary Bender, Hank Stram

Chargers-Vikings, 1, NBC, Curt Gowdy, John Brodie

Falcons-Bears, 2, CBS, Tim Ryan, Johnny Morris

Browns-Colts, 2, NBC, Jim Simpson, Paul Warfield

Saints-Cowboys, 2, CBS, Frank Glieber, Roman Gabriel

Seahawks-Chiefs, 2, NBC, Marv Albert, Paul Maguire

Bengals-Steelers, 4, NBC, Dick Enberg, Merlin Olsen

Lions-Raiders, 4, CBS, Lindsey Nelson, Paul Hornung

Packers-Broncos, 4, CBS, Pat Summerall, Tom Brookshier

Rams-49ers, 4, CBS, Vin Scully, George Allen, Jim Brown

Monday 11/20:

Dolphins-Oilers, 9, ABC, Frank Gifford, Howard Cosell


WEEK 13, 1978 - NBC Doubleheader:

Thursday 11/23:

Broncos-Lions, 12:30, NBC, Dick Enberg, Merlin Olsen

Redskins-Cowboys, 3:30, CBS, Pat Summerall, Tom Brookshier

Sunday 11/26:

Rams-Browns, 1, CBS, Vin Scully, George Allen, Jim Brown

Saints-Falcons, 1, CBS, Frank Glieber, Hank Stram

Giants-Bills, 1, CBS, Pat Summerall, Tom Brookshier

Jets-Dolphins, 1, NBC, Charlie Jones, Len Dawson

Vikings-Packers, 2, CBS, Lindsey Nelson, Paul Hornung

Eagles-Cardinals, 2, CBS, Don Criqui, Sonny Jurgensen

Chargers-Chiefs, 2, NBC, Jay Randolph, Mike Haffner

Buccaneers-Bears, 2, CBS, Bob Costas, Johnny Morris

Bengals-Oilers, 4, NBC, Sam Nover, Bob Trumpy

Patriots-Colts, 4, NBC, Jim Simpson, Paul Warfield

Seahawks-Raiders, 4, NBC, Curt Gowdy, John Brodie

Monday 11/27:

Steelers-49ers, 9, ABC, Frank Gifford, Don Meredith, Howard Cosell


WEEK 14, 1978 - NBC Doubleheader:

Sunday 12/3:

Falcons-Bengals, 1, CBS, Gary Bender, Hank Stram

Colts-Jets, 1, NBC, Marv Albert, Paul Maguire

Packers-Buccaneers, 1, CBS, Lindsey Nelson, Paul Hornung

Rams-Giants, 1, CBS, Pat Summerall, Tom Brookshier, Frank Glieber

Dolphins-Redskins, 1, NBC, Curt Gowdy, John Brodie

Bills-Chiefs, 2, NBC, Jay Randolph, Mike Haffner

Lions-Cardinals, 2, CBS, Tim Ryan, Nick Buoniconti

Eagles-Vikings, 2, CBS, Don Criqui, Sonny Jurgensen

49ers-Saints, 2, CBS, Vin Scully, George Allen, Jim Brown

Browns-Seahawks, 4, NBC, Jim Simpson, Paul Warfield

Patriots-Cowboys, 4, NBC, Dick Enberg, Merlin Olsen

Steelers-Oilers, 4, NBC, Sam Nover, Len Dawson

Broncos-Raiders, 9, ABC, Frank Gifford, Howard Cosell

Monday 12/4:

Bears-Chargers, 9, ABC, Frank Gifford, Don Meredith, Howard Cosell


WEEK 15, 1978 - NBC Doubleheader:

Saturday 12/9:

Colts-Steelers, 1, NBC, Curt Gowdy, John Brodie, Mike Adamle

Vikings-Lions, 4, CBS, Vin Scully, George Allen, Jim Brown

Sunday 12/10:

Bills-Patriots, 1, NBC, Sam Nover, Mike Haffner

Cowboys-Eagles, 1, CBS, Pat Summerall, Tom Brookshier

Jets-Browns, 1, NBC, Charlie Jones, John Brodie

Cardinals-Giants, 1, CBS, Gary Bender, Hank Stram

Redskins-Falcons, 1, CBS, Don Criqui, Sonny Jurgensen

Packers-Bears, 2, CBS, Lindsey Nelson, Paul Hornung

Oilers-Saints, 4, NBC, Marv Albert, Ed Podolak

Chiefs-Broncos, 4, NBC, Jay Randolph, Paul Maguire

Raiders-Dolphins, 4, NBC, Dick Enberg, Merlin Olsen

Seahawks-Chargers, 4, NBC, Jim Simpson, Paul Warfield

Buccaneers-49ers, 4, CBS, Frank Glieber, Johnny Morris

Monday 12/11:

Bengals-Rams, 9, ABC, Frank Gifford, Don Meredith, Howard Cosell


WEEK 16, 1978 - CBS Doubleheader:

Saturday 12/16:

Bears-Redskins, 1, CBS, Pat Summerall, Tom Brookshier

Steelers-Broncos, 4, NBC, Dick Enberg, Merlin Olsen, Mike Haffner

Sunday 12/17:

Browns-Bengals, 1, NBC, Jim Simpson, Paul Warfield

Cowboys-Jets, 1, CBS, Frank Glieber, Tom Matte

Saints-Buccaneers, 1, CBS, Gary Bender, Hank Stram

Giants-Eagles, 1, CBS, Pat Summerall, Tom Brookshier

49ers-Lions, 1, CBS, Tim Ryan, Roman Gabriel

Falcons-Cardinals, 2, CBS, Don Criqui, Sonny Jurgensen

Bills-Colts, 2, NBC, Charlie Jones, Len Dawson

Packers-Rams, 4, CBS, Lindsey Nelson, Paul Hornung

Chiefs-Seahawks, 4, NBC, Jay Randolph, Ed Podolak

Vikings-Raiders, 4, CBS, Vin Scully, George Allen, Jim Brown

Chargers-Oilers, 4, NBC, Curt Gowdy, John Brodie

Monday 12/18:

Patriots-Dolphins, 9, ABC, Frank Gifford, Don Meredith, Howard Cosell


WILD CARD GAMES:

Sunday 12/24:

Eagles-Falcons, 12:30, CBS, Gary Bender, Hank Stram, Irv Cross

Oilers-Dolphins, 4, NBC, Dick Enberg, Len Dawson


DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS:

Saturday 12/30:

Broncos-Steelers, 12:30, NBC, Dick Enberg, Merlin Olsen

Falcons-Cowboys, 4, CBS, Pat Summerall, Tom Brookshier, Johnny Unitas

Sunday 12/31:

Oilers-Patriots, 1, NBC, Charlie Jones, Len Dawson

Vikings-Rams, 5, CBS, Vin Scully, George Allen, Jim Brown


CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS:

Sunday 1/7:

Oilers-Steelers, 1, NBC, Curt Gowdy, John Brodie, Merlin Olsen, Mike Adamle

Cowboys-Rams, 5, CBS, Pat Summerall, Tom Brookshier, Frank Glieber


SUPER BOWL XIII from Miami:

Sunday 1/21: Steelers-Cowboys, 4, NBC, Curt Gowdy, John Brodie, Merlin Olsen, Dick Enberg


PRO BOWL from Los Angeles:

Monday 1/29: NFC-AFC, 9, ABC, Frank Gifford, Howard Cosell, Jim Lampley, Dave Diles