In weeks 15 and 16, there was NFL football once for eight of the ten days. Now fans have the opportunity to recharge their batteries as there is no “Football Thursday Night” in week 17.
The NFL typically stops hosting late-season Thursday night games to avoid putting teams on considerably short rest during the final weeks of the playoff push. As a result, there will be no Thursday game in week 17 or week 18. There will also be no Thursday game in the playoffs, meaning that “Thursday Night Football “is over for the 2021 NFL season.
Almost all of NFL football takes place on Sunday for the remainder of the regular season. The playoff games will take place on Saturday, Sunday and even Monday, but for now there are no more Thursday games in the cards.
Here’s everything you need to know about “TNF” in week 17, and what you can watch with the schedule completed for 2021.
Is there a “Thursday Night Football” game tonight?
No, there will not be a Thursday Night Football game on Thursday December 30th. In fact, there won’t be a “Thursday Night Football” for the remainder of the season, as the 49ers-Titans game is on December 31st. 23 was Thursday’s last game of the year.
The NFL hosts games on Thursday nights in Weeks 1 through 16, but it does not schedule games on the day of the last two weeks of the year to prevent playoff contenders from playing a short week at a disadvantage of rest. Games are played mostly on Sundays during the final two weeks of the season, with a single “Monday Night Football” game providing respite for NFL fans looking for more prime-time games during the season. week 17.
“Thursday Night Football” will return to action during Week 2 of the 2022 NFL Season, as usual. There will be a game on Thursday night, the opening game of the NFL season, in week 1, but this has been a “Sunday Night Football” contest in the past. So technically the schedule won’t return until week 2 of the 2022 season but there will be football on Thursday from week 1.
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NFL Week 17 Calendar
|Game||Kick-off time||TV channel|
|Eagles to Washington football team||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|Panthers to Saints||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|Buccaneers with Jets||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|Dolphins among the Titans||1 p.m. ET||SCS|
|Jaguars at Patriots||1 p.m. ET||SCS|
|Raiders at Colts||1 p.m. ET||SCS|
|Chefs at Bengals||1 p.m. ET||SCS|
|Giants in bears||1 p.m. ET||SCS|
|Falcons in Bills||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|Cardinals at Cowboys||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|Texans at 49ers||4:05 p.m. ET||SCS|
|Broncos at Chargers||4:05 p.m. ET||SCS|
|Rams among crows||4:25 p.m. ET||Fox|
|Lions at Seahawks||4:25 p.m. ET||Fox|
|Vikings in Packers||8:20 p.m. ET||CNB|
|Game||Kick-off time||TV channel|
|Browns in the Steelers||8:15 p.m. ET||ESPN|
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There may not be professional football on Thursday night, but there is a big college football game. Pitt and Michigan State face off in a Top 12 battle in the Peach Bowl. Neither Pitt quarterback Kenny Pickett nor Michigan State running back Kenneth Walker are in the game, but it should always be a good fight between a few well-trained pro-style teams.
Here is an overview of what you can watch during the time slot normally occupied by “Thursday Night Football”.
- NCAAF: Pitt v Michigan State (7 p.m., ESPN)
- NCAAM: UCF vs. Michigan (7 p.m., ESPN2)
- There is also four NBA games Thursday night and two will air on NBA TV. They are the Nets against 76ers (7 p.m. ET) and Nuggets vs. Warriors (9:30 p.m. ET) Games.