How to watch Thursday Night Football in 2021

How to watch Thursday Night Football in 2021

September 16, 2021, is the day all Football fans need to remember – this is when the Thursday Night Football, also called TNF, will premier this year.

I have no idea about you but these Football seasons have been a source of so many friendships and bonds I have made over the years. And, while last year was a no-show in terms of hosting friends to watch Thursday Night Football together because of COVID-19, I am hopeful and excited about the 2021 season.

So, for all those crazy Football fans, I have compiled an article discussing the broadcasting channels of this season.

Thursday Night Football Schedule

The first game of Thursday Night Football 2021 NFL season is set to broadcast on September 09 on NBC. The complete schedule is discussed below:

Date Teams Time
September 16, Thursday New York Giants at Washington Football Team 8:20 p.m.
September 23, Thursday Carolina Panthers at Houston Texans 8:20 p.m.
September 30, Thursday Jacksonville Jaguars at Cincinnati Bengals 8:20 p.m.
October 07, Thursday Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks 8:20 p.m.
October 10, Sunday New York Jets at Atlanta Falcons 9:30 a.m.
October 14, Sunday Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Philadelphia Eagles 8:20 p.m.
October 21, Thursday Denver Broncos at Cleveland Browns 8:20 p.m.
October 28, Thursday Green Bay Packers at Arizona Cardinals 8:20 p.m.
November 04, Thursday New York Jets at Indianapolis Colts 8:20 p.m.
November 11, Thursday Baltimore Ravens at Miami Dolphins 8:20 p.m.
November 18, Thursday New England Patriots at Atlanta Falcons 8:20 p.m.
December 02, Thursday Dallas Cowboys at New Orleans Saints 8:20 p.m.
December 09, Thursday Pittsburgh Steelers at Minnesota Vikings 8:20 p.m.
December 16, Thursday Kansas City Chiefs at Los Angeles Chargers 8:20 p.m.
December 23, Thursday San Francisco 49ers at Tennessee Titans 8:20 p.m.

Where can I watch Thursday Night Football?

Since Thursday Night Football is the official branding of the games broadcasted under the banner of the National Football League (NFL), it is a given that you can watch it on the NFL network. Another channel that has the airing rights of this game is NBC.

Going forward, we would know more about the cable providers and streaming services (on-demand and live) that offer access to watching Thursday Night Football.


If you know the in and out of the cable industry, you would be aware that DIRECTV cable service is not the most affordable in the market. However, it does bring about certain perks that make you draw those crisp bills in its favor.

While the DIRECTV Choice Package is somewhat economical throughout the first year, it also offers a ton of excellent sports options. If that does not seem exciting, it gives you the NFL Sunday Ticket without any extra charges for the first year – and that my friend is what we call a touchdown in the business.

If you are a Football fan, this plan is the way to go about. You will get more than 185 channels, free 200 hours of DVR service, and a lot of premium sports channels including ESPN, the NFL Network, NBA TV, Tennis Channel, MLB Network, NHL Network, and FOX. If you have a household with kids, channels like Disney Jr., The Cartoon Network, and Nickelodeon will keep them company.

To spell it out for you, subscribing to this plan means that you will be able to watch every NFL game – it does not get any better than this.

2. Spectrum

There are a lot of reasons to sign up with Spectrum, but the first will always be its non-contractual service agreements. Spectrum is a simple, countrywide telecommunication company that offers cable, phone, and internet services at the most economical market rates. If you are stuck in a long-term contract with some other service provider, Spectrum can help you with its buyout program of up to 500 USD as well.

For sports fans, Spectrum offers premium channels including NFL Network, MLB Network, NHL Network, NBC Sports Network, Fox, ESPN, beIN Sports, and many more. While the NFL Network is available on Spectrum Silver and Gold plan, NBC Sports Network can be accessed through the Select plan as well. This means that you can watch the 2021 Thursday Night Football game through any of Spectrum’s plans.

Another delight that comes from Spectrum is the bundle option. If you subscribe to Spectrum triple play service bundle, you can save a substantial amount while enjoying cable, internet, and phone services. What’s more is that as a triple play user, you will get a free internet security suite and superior customer care.

3. Sling TV

If you are someone who has parted ways from the traditional cable services but still wants to watch the Thursday Night Football 2021 game, you might want to subscribe to Sling TV. It is one of the cheapest live streaming platforms and has only two packages – Blue and Orange. Both of the packages cost only 35 USD a month, however, if you want all the channels of both packages, you can get a combo deal in 50 USD a month.

While Sling TV does not guarantee all the local channels, you can subscribe to its Orange plan to watch Thursday Night Football season on the NFL Network. Depending upon your area, you might also get FOX as well. With this service, you will also get 50 hours of DVR and a choice to add on more channels.

Since Sling TV subscriptions do not impose any termination charges and can be canceled at any time – so if you are only interested in watching the game, you can even cancel it after the season ends.

4. Amazon Prime Video

This is another great option for cord-cutters. You might recognize Amazon Prime Video for its original and licensed programming, however, now you can watch the Thursday Night Football season on the service too. Amazon Prime Video has bought the exclusive airing rights of the Thursday Night Football for the next ten seasons. This means that this streaming service has become a whole lot more dope and if you are a Football fan, you might want to spend 8.99 USD a month for unending entertainment and adrenaline rush.

5. OTA Viewing

Since the media channels have started converting signals from analog to digital, you might be able to watch the 2021 game season by deploying an over-the-air antenna. This is a budget-friendly approach to watch the game that will allow you to watch some other local channels as well. If you are willing to pay almost 60 USD only once, you can get FOX and many other regional channels through Mohu Leaf 500.

The last word

All the mediums discussed in this article are ideal to enjoy the 2021 Thursday Night Football games. However, you must choose the one that suits your preferences and fulfills your requirements.

I hope that you enjoy this game season and that the best team wins!

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