Updated February 22nd, 2024.
The 2023 NFL schedule is out, and it’s super-helpful to know who’s playing and when, so you can make plans. It’s even more useful to have that information displayed within the Calendar apps on your iPhone and iPad and Mac so you don’t have to cross-reference some website with the rest of your work and social life, which most likely is stored in your Calendar app.
For me, it’s especially nice to have the prime time NFL games on my calendar. Those are the ones I want to watch. You’d think you could go to NFL.com and download a prime time schedule, but you’d be wrong– it’s not there!
So I made my own, partly by hand, partly by AppleScript, and here it is. Thursday Night, Sunday Night, and Monday Night– all of those games are here.
Update 12-9-2023: I’ve added the late-season Saturday games, even if they aren’t in Prime Time.
Update 1-7-2024: I’ve added the Wildcard Weekend games.
Note: when playoffs come around I will add those games to the calendar. Also, I have a few extra, non-prime-time games on the schedule: the two early Thanksgiving Day games, and the two early Christmas Day games.
Want the NBA Playoffs Calendar? I have that too.
Adding the 2023 NFL Prime Time schedule to your Mac’s Calendar app
If you’re using a Mac, you can get the 2023 NFL Prime-Time schedule in a couple of clicks by clicking here.
You’ll get a box like this (you may also see something about “Do you want to allow this page to open ‘Calendar'” which you should say “yes” to):
Don’t change anything. Just click Subscribe, and you’ll see a box like this:
You will probably want to make some changes here. You can change the name of the calendar, the color of the calendar (I chose green). You can change the Location of the calendar (if I were you I’d change “On My Mac” to your iCloud account because then it will show up on your iPhone and iPad too). You can remove the alerts and attachments (I would do that), and I would tell it to auto-refresh every day, in case the schedule changes as it often does with late-season Sunday Night games.
Here’s how it looks in your Mac’s Calendar app.
If you start with the Mac, and you set the Location to your iCloud account, and if your iPhone and iPad are signed into the same iCloud account as your Mac, you will see the calendar on your iPhone and iPad automatically. It looks like so:
Whether on the Mac or on the iPhone, the games all start with a little football icon to help you pick them out of a busy schedule.
Of course you can tap the link for the 2023 NFL Prime Time Calendar using your iPhone, and add it to your iPhone’s calendar in just a few clicks. However, if you add the calendar to the iPhone first (before the Mac), it will NOT give you the option to save it to your iCloud account, and therefore it will not show up on your Mac. You’ll have to add it to your Mac yourself. My advice: add the calendar to your Mac first so you only have to do the work once.
Adding the NFL Prime Time Schedule to your Google Calendar
Not an iPhone user? Or, not an Apple Calendar app user? Here’s how you add the NFL Prime Time schedule to your Google Calendar, using a browser.
This is easy: click the special Google Calendar link to subscribe.
This SHOULD take you to your own Google calendar, in your browser, and you should be asked whether you want to add the NFL Primetime calendar. Of course you’ll click the “Add” button.
When you’re done it should look like this:
In the Schedule view you can see a lot more:
In case you’re wondering: YES, the calendar will show the game times using your time zone. That is, a game that starts at 8:20 PM Eastern will show up as 8:20 PM Eastern if you are currently in the Eastern Time zone, as 7:20 PM if you’re in the Central Time zone, as 6:20 PM if you’re in the Mountain Time zone, and as 5:20 PM if you’re in the Pacific Time zone. (It works for all the time zones, not just the ones in the United States.) And YES, if there’s an adjustment to the schedule I will update it here and you’ll see the update soon enough on your own devices. Also YES, if you subscribe to this calendar and do literally nothing after that you will see NEXT YEAR’S NFL PRIME TIME SCHEDULE magically appear, sometime next May.
To the best of my knowledge this is the only NFL Prime Time schedule of its kind, so please share the calendar (and this post) with your friends. And can you believe it: this is our 15th season. I first made the calendar in 2008.Copyright 2008-2023 Christian Boyce. All rights reserved.