As if one primetime game wasn’t enough, the Bay Area will have two nationally-televised NFL games on Sunday night.
The San Francisco 49ers and Houston Texans will be featured on Sunday Night Football with kickoff scheduled to be at 5:25 PST. That should have been the only primetime game by the bay, but thanks to a scheduling conflict, the Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers will get going three hours later at 8:35 PST from the O.co Coliseum. That game will be nationally televised as well on the NFL Network.
The Raiders are starting so late because the Coliseum grounds crew needs ample time to be able to transform the stadium from baseball to football after the A’s played Game 2 of the ALDS on Saturday night. It typically takes 18-20 hours for the transformation to take place, so they have been working through the night and will still be working well into the afternoon.
The Bay Area will take center stage tonight, and hopefully both teams show well. 49ers and Texans will be the marquee matchup, with two strong teams battling it out. And while neither the Raiders nor the Chargers are expected to contend this season, it is still a fierce rivalry and should call for an interesting game.
So now the agonizing wait begins, as we sit through the early and late games before getting our weekly dose of football in the Bay Area.