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Updated: June 2018


Thursday Night Football is back in 2017 and, once again, kicks off the new NFL season on September 7 when the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots take on last year’s AFC West champion Kansas City Chiefs. The game kicks off at 8:30 p.m. Unlike a year ago, quarterback Tom Brady will begin the season under center. He will have a corps of receiver that is even better than it was a year ago with the addition of former Saint Brandin Cooks.

This year’s Thursday night slate of games features seven divisional matchups beginning with the September 21st clash between the NFC West’s Los Angeles Rams and the San Francisco 49ers. Both teams enter the season with new head coaches. The 49ers welcome former Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan while the Rams will have the youngest head coach in modern league history – 31-year-old Sean McVay.

Thursday Night Football Schedule


The Thursday Night Football schedule simulcasted on NFL Network as well as NBC:


Sept. 7th: Week 1 - Kansas City Chiefs at New England Patriots


Sept. 14th: Week 2 - Houston Texans at Cincinnati Bangels


Sept. 21st: Week 3 - Los Angeles Rams at San Franciscon 49ers


Sept. 28th: Week 4 - Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers


Oct. 5th: Week 5 - New England Patriots at Tampa Bay Buccaneers


Oct. 12th: Week 6 - Philadelphia Eagles at Carolina Panthers


Oct. 19th: Week 7 - Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders


Oct. 26th: Week 8 - Miami Dolphins at Baltimore Ravens


Nov. 2nd: Week 9 - Buffalo Bills at New York Jets


Nov. 9th: Week 10 - Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals


Nov. 16th: Week 11 - Tennessee Titans at Pittsburgh Steelers


Nov. 23rd: Week 12 - Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions

                                       Los Angeles Chargers at Dallas Cowboys

                                       New York Giants at Washington Redskins


Nov. 30th: Week 13 - Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys


Dec. 7th: Week 14 - New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons

Dec. 14th: Week 15 - Denver Broncos at Indianapolis Colts


A week later, the Chicago Bears travel to Green Bay to face the Packers in an NFC North clash. In October, AFC West rivals Kansas City and Oakland will meet in a game that will have a great effect on the outcome of the division. The Chiefs, of course, won the division last year while the Raiders finished second and earned a wild card berth in the postseason.

Seattle and Arizona will continue their NFC West rivalry with a game on Nov. 9 in Glendale. Last season, the Seahawks and Cardinals played two of the most contested games of the 2016 season. The two teams met on a Sunday night in October and battled to a 6-6 tie. It was the first 6-6 tie that did not feature a touchdown by either team since the 1970s. The teams met again at CenturyLink Field in Seattle in December and the Cardinals pulled off a dramatic 34-31 upset victory. After a disappointing finish last year, the Cardinals look to get back to the postseason.


There will be the now traditional Thanksgiving night game which will feature an NFC East battle between the New York Giants and the Washington Redskins. That game as well as the season’s first Thursday game will be broadcast by NBC. In February of last year, the NFL announced that NBC, CBS, and the NFL Network would share the broadcasting of Thursday night games. This season, will stream 10 games over their Amazon Prime Video service.


The Redskins will actually play on consecutive Thursdays in two games that will likely determine whether or not they make the postseason. After facing the Giants on Thanksgiving night, QB Kirk Cousins and the Redskins will face another NFC East opponent, rival Dallas.


The 2017 Thursday Night Football schedule concludes on Dec. 14 when Denver travels to Indianapolis to face the Colts. Indianapolis has never lost a game on Thursday Night Football. They have won seven straight from their initial 31-13 win over Atlanta in 2007 to 2015’s 27-20 victory over AFC South foe Houston. The 2017 Thursday night schedule will once again not feature the Detroit Lions. Detroit has played just once on Thursday night. In 2015, the Lions lost to Green Bay 27-23.

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