NFL Thursday Night Football Schedule

Thursday Night Football games, sometimes abbreviated to TNF, is a little slice of heaven sent down to serious football fans. Back in 2002, the NFL scheduled a Thursday night opening kick-off game after labor day leading into the full slate of games on Sunday. In 2004, the NFL began awarding the first game hosting duties to the Super Bowl winner. The unfurling of the Super Bowl banner has become a tradition in the opening ceremonies before the game.

The 2018-2019 14-game, Thursday Night schedule features 11 games on FOX which will be simulcast on NFL Network, and two NFL Network exclusive games. Games last about 3 hours or until the game ends.

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Thursday Night Football 2018

September Games Regular Season Schedule

Week 1: Sept. 6, 8:20 PM (NBC)
Atlanta Falcons at Philadelphia Eagles

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The Eagles defeated the Falcons by a score of 18 – 12.

Week 2: Thursday, September 13 (NFL Network)

Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals defeated the Ravens by a score of 34 – 23.

Week 3: Thursday, September 20 (NFL Network)

New York Jets at Cleveland Browns

Week 4: Thursday, September 27 (FOX/NFL Network)

Minnesota Vikings at Los Angeles Rams

October Games

Week 5: Thursday, October 4 (FOX/NFL Network)

Indianapolis Colts at New England Patriots

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Week 6: Thursday, October 11 (FOX/NFL Network)

Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants

Week 7: Thursday, October 18 (FOX/NFL Network)

Denver Broncos at Arizona Cardinals

Week 8: Thursday, October 25 (FOX/NFL Network)

Miami Dolphins at Houston Texans

Week 8: Sunday, October 28 (NFL Network)

Philadelphia Eagles at Jacksonville Jaguars (London)

November Games

Week 9: Thursday, November 1 (FOX/NFL Network)

Oakland Raiders at San Francisco 49ers

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Week 10: Thursday, November 8 (FOX/NFL Network)

Carolina Panthers at Pittsburgh Steelers

Week 11: Thursday, November 15 (FOX/NFL Network)

Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks

Week 13: Thursday, November 29 (FOX/NFL Network)

New Orleans Saints at Dallas Cowboys

December Games

Week 14: Thursday, December 6 (FOX/NFL Network)

Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee Titans

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Week 15: Thursday, December 13 (FOX/NFL Network)

Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs

Week 15: Saturday, December 15 (NFL Network)

Houston Texans at New York Jets

Week 15: Saturday, December 15 (NFL Network)

Cleveland Browns at Denver Broncos

Week 16: Saturday, December 22 (NFL Network)


Week 16: Saturday, December 22 (NFL Network)


The Skinny on NFL Thursday Night Football

  • Most of the NFL Thursday games will begin at 8:20 ET/7:20 CST.
  • What station are the games on? The answer: Fox Sports and the NFL Network.
  • In its current format, Thursday Night games began in 2006.
  • Through the years, some fans believe that Thursday night games are of lower quality relative to Sunday and Monday night games. But, a study by Sports on Earth writer Aaron Roberts showed that the games were of comparable or better quality than non-primetime games.
  • Some players have expressed concerns about playing on Thursday nights after limited rest. But, in 2015 the NFL released a health and safety report that showed that an average of 4.8 injuries occurred on Thursday games compared to 6.9 injuries on games played on Sundays and Monday.

Fun Facts about TNF

  • The teams with the best winning percentages on TNF are the Green Bay Packers (.833), the New England Patriots (.833), Dallas Cowboys (.800), Indianapolis Colts (.778), the Kansas City Chiefs (.750) and the Pittsburgh Steelers (.727).
  • The teams with the lowest winning percentages on TNF are the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (.167), the Buffalo Bills (.288) and the Minnesota Vikings (.333).
  • The original NFL Network broadcast team included Bryant Gumbel as play-by-play announcer and Chris Collinsworth providing color commentary.
  • With TNF moving to Fox this year, Joe Buck and Troy Aikman will call the games this year.

So, when someone asks, “Who plays Thursday Night Football tonight?” you’ll have your answers – just check the 2018 NFL Schedule shown above.



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