Thursday Night Football 2021: Schedule, matchups for the NFL season

What is the Thursday Night Football schedule for the 2021 NFL season? Which teams will play on Thursday Night Football, who are the announcers, and what channel can it be found on?

Thursday Night Football Schedule for 2021

Schedule subject to change during the season. 

Week 1 (NFL Kickoff Game): Cowboys at Buccaneers | NBC
Week 2: Giants at Washington | NFLN
Week 3: Panthers at Texans | NFLN
Week 4: Jaguars at Bengals | NFLN
Week 5: Rams at Seahawks | FOX/NFLN/Amazon
Week 6: Buccaneers at Eagles | FOX/NFLN/Amazon
Week 7: Broncos at Browns | FOX/NFLN/Amazon
Week 8: Packers at Cardinals | FOX/NFLN/Amazon
Week 9: Jets at Colts | FOX/NFLN/Amazon
Week 10: Ravens at Dolphins | FOX/NFLN/Amazon
Week 11: Patriots at Falcons | FOX/NFLN/Amazon
Week 12 (Thanksgiving Day Game 3): Bills at Saints | NBC
Week 13: Cowboys at Saints | FOX/NFLN/Amazon
Week 14: Steelers at Vikings | FOX/NFLN/Amazon
Week 15: Chiefs at Chargers | FOX/NFLN/Amazon
Week 16: 49ers at Titans | NFLN 

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Thursday Night Football announcers for the 2021 NFL season

Across the course of a full season, Thursday Night Football sees a mixture of announcers. FOX Sports lead announcers Joe Buck and Troy Aikman lead the majority of the coverage, whether the game airs on FOX or NFL Network. Buck fills the role of the play-by-play announcer while Aikman adds the color commentary.

The announcing duo is joined by Mike Pereira as the rules expert, with Erin Andrews and Kristina Pink reporting from the sideline. This combination has covered the majority of Thursday Night Football games since 2018.

However, other networks also carry broadcasts on a Thursday during the season.


NBC broadcasts the NFL Kickoff game and the third Thanksgiving game. The Kickoff game sees Al Michaels and Chris Collinsworth announcing the game. The remainder of the NBC gameday announcing team consists of either Michele Tafoya or Kathryn Tappen reporting from the sideline and Terry McAuley as the rules analyst.

The Thanksgiving broadcast usually sees a change in announcers from the regular Sunday Night Football team. Mike Tirico fills the role of the play-by-play announcer, with Tony Dungy as the color commentator.

NFL Network

The games broadcast on NFL Network are typically still announced by Buck and Aikman. However, on occasion, NFL Network carries games with its own announcer team. The combination is led by either Adam Amin or Joe Davis as the play-by-play announcer. They are joined by either Mark Schlereth or Kurt Warner as the color commentator. The sideline reporters are Lindsay Czarniak and Melissa Stark, with Dean Blandino the rules expert.

Amazon Prime

Amazon acquired the rights to broadcast some Thursday Night Football games in 2017. Additionally, they offer an alternative announcing team comprised of Hannah Storm on the play-by-play and Andrea Kremer as the game analyst.


Although not technically part of Thursday Night Football, CBS does broadcast one of the Thanksgiving games. This is usually covered by the lead announcing team of Jim Nantz as the play-by-play announcer and Tony Romo on the color commentary.

What channel is Thursday Night Football on?

Across the season, the broadcast channel for Thursday Night Football varies. The main channels are FOX, NFL Network, and Amazon Prime. However, NBC and CBS also carry some Thursday games during the season. Check the full schedule above to determine which broadcaster is airing which game in 2021.

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