Forget the Madden curse. This year, Thursdays are afflicted with bad juju.
Last week’s matchup of the Commanders and the Bears was hardly one for the ages. The Colts’ victory over the Broncos the previous week still has fans in Denver wondering what the heck the coaching staff was thinking. And we won’t even talk about the disturbing head injury Miami quarterback Tua Tagovailoa received on Sept. 29.
This week’s game? We’re not gonna lie. It likely won’t be a barn burner. The Cardinals and Saints are both 2-4 this season and neither is anywhere close to the top of their division.
Both have loyal fan bases, though. And if you count yourself among them, here’s how to watch and what to expect from Thursday night games tonight and moving forward.
Which NFL teams are playing on Thursdays this season?
A win would take Arizona out of the basement in the NFC West, while the Saints could move into a second-place slot if they pull out a victory. Here’s who’s playing this week and future Thursdays, with a reminder that the home team is listed second.
Thursday, Oct. 20
Thursday, Oct. 27
Baltimore Ravens vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 8:15 p.m. ET on Amazon Prime
Thursday, Nov. 3
Philadelphia Eagles vs Houston Texans, 8:15 p.m. ET on Amazon Prime
Thursday, Nov. 10
Atlanta Falcons vs Charlotte Panthers, 8:15 p.m. ET on Amazon Prime
Thursday, Nov. 17
Tennessee Titans vs Green Bay Packers, 8:15 p.m. ET on Amazon Prime
Thursday, Nov. 24
New England Patriots vs Minnesota Vikings, 8:20 p.m. ET on NBC
Thursday, Dec. 1
Buffalo Bills vs New England Patriots, 8:15 p.m. ET on Amazon Prime
Thursday, Dec. 8
Las Vegas Raiders vs Los Angeles Rams, 8:15 p.m. ET on Amazon Prime
Thursday, Dec. 15
San Francisco 49ers vs Seattle Seahawks, 8:15 p.m. ET on Amazon Prime
Thursday, Dec. 22
Jacksonville Jaguars vs New York Jets, 8:15 p.m. ET on Amazon Prime
Thursday, Dec. 29
Dallas Cowboys vs Tennessee Titans, 8:15 p.m. ET on Amazon Prime
Can I watch NFL Thursday night games for free on broadcast television?
It all depends on where you live.
If you’re in the home town of one of the two teams that are playing on any particular Thursday, you’ll likely have an opportunity to watch, even if you don’t have an Amazon Prime account. Simulcasts will be offered on broadcast networks, letting you watch for free with a good HD antenna.
But if you’re outside of the range of those stations, streaming is your only option.
Can I stream NFL Thursday night games live online if I don’t have an Amazon Prime account?
You can’t. Sunday and Monday games offer a variety of streaming choices, but Amazon has exclusivity to virtually all Thursday night games for the next 11 years, preventing other streaming services from carrying them. The Thanksgiving night game will be aired on NBC.
What changes will Amazon bring to the NFL games it airs?
Amazon uses its “X-Ray” technology to overlay stats and game updates using its, much like it offers information on which actors are in a scene during a film or TV show. An alternate stream is also available for younger audiences, with the YouTube troop Dude Perfect replacing the standard play-by-play and color commentary team.
Who is Amazon’s broadcast team?
Amazon has hired some of the most recognizable announcers and commentators as it jumps into the NFL. Al Michaels, who has called both Monday Night Football and Sunday Night Football, will lead the team. Kirk Herbstreit, who has focused mainly on college games and been a key player on ESPN’s “College GameDay” program, will be the color commentator. And All-Pro players Richard Sherman and Tony Gonzalez will be analysts, alongside former Los Angeles Ram Andrew Whitworth and Ryan Fitzpatrick, who played with nine teams during his career.
Will I be able to watch Thursday Night Football at my favorite bar or restaurant?
Go ahead and order those boneless wings! Before the season started, Amazon struck a deal with DirecTV that allows more than 300,000 bars and restaurants around the country to air the game
Does the NFL offer any viewing packages to watch the Thursday night games?
In a sense… The NFL App will let you stream games that are being broadcast locally in your market as well as any played in prime time.
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