While every NFL fan likes an action-packed game, Thursday night’s competition last week was a terrifying one. Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa left the field on a stretcher after suffering a concussion. He’s out this week and there’s no “definite timetable” for his return.
It was the latest in a string of high-profile injuries that have plagued quarterbacks this season. So all eyes will be on Denver’s Russell Wilson (who sustained a right shoulder injury earlier this week) and Indianapolis’ Matt Ryan.
Amazon’s Thursday night game kicks off week five of the NFL season. And so far, it looks like the site’s $1 billion bet on the NFL is paying off. The first game brought in a record number of Prime signups, which should be good news for the company with a second Prime Day coming up later this month.
Here’s a look at how to watch and what to expect from tonight’s Thursday night games and what’s next. (Note that the home team is listed second.)
Which NFL teams are playing on Thursdays this season?
While neither the Colts nor the Broncos are leading their divisions, it’s still early enough in the season (and there are already enough wild cards in play) that today’s matchup could prove important in the weeks to come.
Thursday October 6th
Baltimore Colts vs. Denver Broncos, 8:15 p.m. ET on Amazon Prime
Thursday October 13th
Washington Commanders vs. Chicago Bears, 8:15 p.m. ET on Amazon Prime
Thursday 20 Oct
New Orleans Saints vs. Arizona Cardinals, 8:15 p.m. ET on Amazon Prime
Thursday 27 Oct
Baltimore Ravens vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 8:15 p.m. ET on Amazon Prime
Thursday 3 Nov
Philadelphia Eagles vs. Houston Texans, 8:15 p.m. ET on Amazon Prime
Thursday 10 Nov
Atlanta Falcons vs. Charlotte Panthers, 8:15 p.m. ET on Amazon Prime
Thursday 17 Nov
Tennessee Titans vs. Green Bay Packers, 8:15 p.m. ET on Amazon Prime
Thursday 24th Nov
New England Patriots vs. Minnesota Vikings, 8:20 p.m. ET on NBC
Thursday December 1st
Buffalo Bills v New England Patriots, 8:15 p.m. ET on Amazon Prime
Thursday December 8th
Las Vegas Raiders vs. Los Angeles Rams, 8:15 p.m. ET on Amazon Prime
Thursday 15 December
San Francisco 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks, 8:15 p.m. ET on Amazon Prime
Thursday 22 December
Jacksonville Jaguars vs. New York Jets, 8:15 p.m. ET on Amazon Prime
Thursday 29 December
Dallas Cowboys vs. Tennessee Titans, 8:15 p.m. ET on Amazon Prime
Can I watch Thursday night NFL games for free on air television?
Only if you’re lucky – and happen to be in the right city.
If you’re in the hometown of either team playing on a given Thursday, chances are you’ll have the opportunity to watch even if you don’t have an Amazon Prime account. Simulcasts are offered on broadcast networks so you can watch for free with a good HD antenna.
However, if you are out of range of these stations, streaming is your only option.
Can I live stream Thursday night NFL games online if I don’t have an Amazon Prime account?
Not for the next 11 years, with just a few exceptions. Other games offer a variety of streaming options, but Amazon has exclusivity on virtually all Thursday Night games, preventing other streaming services from broadcasting them. The Thanksgiving night game airs on NBC.
What changes will Amazon make to the NFL games that will be broadcast?
Amazon is offering its own take on how NFL games are traditionally presented this year – and so far Prime subscribers seem to agree.
It uses its “X-Ray” technology to overlay stats and game updates, much like it provides information about which actors are in a scene during a movie or TV show. An alternative stream is also available for younger audiences, with YouTube troupe Dude Perfect replacing the standard play-by-play and color commentary team.
Who is the Amazon broadcast team?
Amazon has hired some of the most well-known announcers and commentators as it jumps into the NFL. Al Michaels, who has called on both Monday Night Football and Sunday Night Football, will manage the team. Kirk Herbstreit, who has focused primarily on college games and has played a key role in 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 have played with nine teams during his career.
Can I watch Thursday Night Football at my favorite bar or restaurant?
Yes. Ahead of the season, Amazon struck a deal with DirecTV, allowing more than 300,000 bars and restaurants across the country to broadcast the game
Does the NFL offer viewer packages to watch Thursday night games?
In a sense. That NFL app allows you to stream games that are broadcast locally in your market as well as any games that are played in prime time.
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