Thursday Night Football officially starts this week on NFL Network when the Washington Football Team takes on the New York Giants. The game is at 8:20 pm ET on Thusday, September 16. This article will explain how to watch Thursday Night Football throughout the 2021 NFL Season.
Week 2 Thursday Night Football
- When: Thursday, September 16th, 2021 at 8:20 pm ET
- Matchup: New York Giants @ Washington Football Team
- Network: NFL Network
- How To Watch: Watch on NFL Network live for free using the free trial from any of the following streaming services:
- fuboTV (1-week free trial)
There are other options to watch NFL Network covered in this article, plus Fox and Amazon Prime Video will air some Thursday Night games, so read on for all the options. For details on watching every game this season, see our guide to watching the NFL without cable.
Where To Watch Thursday Night Football Every Week
Best Way To Watch NFL Thursday Night Football: Every Thursday Night Football game starting with week 2 this season will air on NFL Network, which you can watch with fuboTV has a 1-week free trial.
At the end of this article, I will publish the entire 2021 NFL Season Thursday Night Football TV schedule, but first, let’s cover the networks and services the games will air on. This season Thursday Night Football will officially start in week 2 on September 16th. Thursday Night Football will continue until Week 16, where there will be a Thursday Night Football on Thursday and then 2 on Saturday (December 25th.).
Yes, it’s confusing, but the NFL branded Thursday Night Football will cover the 2 Saturday Christmas Day games. Every branded Thursday Night Football game will air on NFL Network. Week one is the opener on NBC and isn’t officially branded as Thursday Night Football. The 3 games on Thanksgiving also aren’t branded as Thursday Night Football, even though they are played on a Thursday. Those games will air on NBC, CBS, and Fox. In addition to NFL Network, Fox and Amazon will simulcast Thursday Night Football branded games in weeks 5 through 15.
Now let’s look at your options for watching Thursday Night Football this season.
Fubo TV carries NFL, Fox, CBS, and NBC. With fuboTV, you’ll be able to watch every game, whether it’s branded Thursday Night Football or not. These channels are available as part of the fuboTV “Starter” package, along with over 100 other channels for $64.99 per month.
fuboTV’s Standard package includes the following:
- Over 100 channels (see a full list of fuboTV channels)
- watch on two devices at once
- 30 hours of cloud DVR storage
There is no contract when signing up with fuboTV, and you can cancel at any time. fuboTV also offers a 1-week free trial. The following streaming devices support FuboTV:
- Android smartphones
- Android tablets
- Apple TV (4th Gen and later)
- Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick
- Samsung Smart TVs
- Xbox One
Hulu Live TV
Live streaming of NFL Network, CBS, Fox, and NBC is also available through Hulu Live TV. This service offers a ton of live TV channels. You can see all channels offer in your area with this handy tool: Hulu Channels By Zip Code. You can also check out our list of channels available on Hulu. Previously Hulu was known for its vast on-demand streaming library. Hulu Live TV is one of the best live TV streaming services available. It includes the following features:
- The basic package comes with 50 hours of cloud DVR storage. (Upgrades available)
- Watch on 2 screens at once. (Upgrades available)
- Comes with 6 customizable profiles
- Includes entire Hulu streaming library
After promotions, Hulu Live TV will cost you $64.99 per month. I find it the best value of the services currently out there because it will allow you to stream your local broadcast networks in addition to NFL Network and a whole host of other channels.
For more information on this service, please check out Hulu Live TV review.
YouTube TV offers NFL Network, CBS, Fox, and NBC so that you won’t miss a game on Thursday Night. All those channels are included in the base package for $64.99 a month.
YouTube TV provides:
- Local Network Channels, and over 70 other channels
- unlimited cloud DVR storage
- stream on three devices at once
- Youtube TV supports Android, iOS, Apple TV, Fire TV, Chromecast, and more. The YouTube TV app isn’t available on Roku. However, users can use YouTube TV through the YouTube app on Roku devices.
- Includes Youtube TV on-demand
- offers a 1-week free trial.
Vidgo is a newer Streaming service that offers fairly competitive pricing over other Live streaming services. The only catch is they do not currently offer a DVR. Hopefully, that will change in the future.
Right now, you can get NFL Network as a part of their Core Plan for $55 per month so you can watch the games branded as Thursday Night Football. This plan includes over 90 other channels. Vidgo doesn’t force you into a contract so that you can cancel any time. They do offer promotional pricing for new customers.
Vidgo is supported on available on Android, iOS, Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV. You can also stream the service on up to 3 devices at the same time. We have the full details in our guide to Vidgo’s live streaming service.
NFL Network is available on Sling TV, so you can watch games branded as Thursday Night Football. NFL Network is available as part of the SLING Blue service for $35 per month. Sling TV is available on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, and more, so it’s not a problem to enjoy it on a TV, tablet, computer, or other smart devices. Learn more information about Sling TV device compatibility in our detailed review of Sling TV. Sling TV regularly offers promotions for signing up.
Amazon Prime Video
Amazon Prime Video will simulcast Thursday Night Football in weeks 5 through 15 (except for Thanksgiving day in week 12). The service costs $12.99 per month after a 30-day free trial, but you won’t be charged if you cancel before the trial expires. While a subscription to Amazon Prime provides access to Thursday Night Football, along with thousands of movies and TV shows through Prime video, there are also a ton of other benefits like free shipping on prime eligible purchases on Amazon. You can learn more about the other benefits of Prime in our review of Amazon Prime.
Amazon Prime video is supported on the following devices:
- Amazon Fire TV
- Amazon Fire TV Stick and Stick Like
- Amazon Fire Stick 4K
- Google Chromecast
- Apple TV
- and many more
NFL Thursday Night Schedule
The table below shows all the NFL games on Thursday throughout the 2021 season and where you can watch them.
|2||Sept. 16||Washington Football Team vs. New York Giants||NFL Network|
|3||Sept. 23||Houston Texans vs. Carolina Panthers||NFL Network|
|4||Sept. 30||Cincinnati Bengals vs. Jacksonville Jaguars||NFL Network|
|5||Oct. 7||Seattle Seahawks vs. Los Angeles Rams||Fox, NFL Network, Amazon|
|6||Oct. 14||Philadelphia Eagles vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Fox, NFL Network, Amazon|
|7||Oct. 21||Cleveland Browns vs. Denver Broncos||Fox, NFL Network, Amazon|
|8||Oct. 28||Arizona Cardinals vs. Green Bay Packers||Fox, NFL Network, Amazon|
|9||Nov. 4||Indianapolis Colts vs. New York Jets||Fox, NFL Network, Amazon|
|10||Nov. 11||Miami Dolphins vs. Baltimore Ravens||Fox, NFL Network, Amazon|
|11||Nov. 18||Atlanta Falcons vs. New England Patriots||Fox, NFL Network, Amazon|
|12||Nov. 25||Chicago Bears vs. Detroit Lions||Fox|
|12||Nov. 25||Las Vegas Raiders vs. Dallas Cowboys||CBS|
|12||Nov. 25||New Orleans Saints vs. Buffalo Bills||NBC|
|13||Dec. 2||New Orleans Saints vs. Dallas Cowboys||Fox, NFL Network, Amazon|
|14||Dec. 9||Minnesota Vikings vs. Pittsburgh Steelers||Fox, NFL Network, Amazon|
|15||Dec. 16||Los Angeles Chargers vs. Kansas City Chiefs||Fox, NFL Network, Amazon|
|16||Dec. 23||Tennessee Titans vs. San Francisco 49ers||NFL Network|
|16||Dec. 25 (Saturday)||Green Bay Packers vs. Cleveland Browns||Fox, NFL Network, Amazon|
|16||Dec. 25 (Saturday)||Arizona Cardinals vs. Indianapolis Colts||NFL Network|
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