The Buffalo Bills (6-4) head to the Mercedes Benz Superdome to take on the New Orleans Saints (5-5) tonight on Thursday Night Football to finish 2021’s Thanksgiving Day action. While both franchises seemed destined for the 2021 postseason just a few weeks ago, things have gotten a bit rough for Buffalo and New Orleans. Which of these two teams will finally bounce back to their winning ways? Here’s the start time, channel, and live streams for Thursday Night Football, as well as a preview and prediction.
What channel is Thursday Night Football on tonight?
- Channel: NBC
- Time: 8:20 PM ET
- Live streams:
- NBC Sports App
- NFL Mobile App
- YouTube TV
What to expect from tonight’s Bills vs. Saints game?
Sean Payton and the New Orleans Saints are 3-0 playing on Thanksgiving. Will they be able to take down the Bills in their third Turkey Day game in four years? Not if Buffalo QB Josh Allen has anything to say about it.
A very different Saints offense is marching into Thursday Night Football
Things were serviceable to start the season with QB Jameis Winston at the helm of the Saints’ offense. However, the seas haven’t been as smooth following his ACL tear in Week 8 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Backup QB Trevor Siemian clutched a win against Tampa, but the three-game losing streak since has put a sizeable dent in New Orleans’ playoff hopes.
But the Saints aren’t just missing Winston. They will miss the most crucial part of their offense tonight in Thursday Night Football: RB Alvin Kamara. Kamara missed the past two weeks with a knee injury and failed to practice this week. Hopefully, we will see the dynamic RB next week on Thursday Night Football against the Cowboys. Fellow RB Mark Ingram is dinged up as well but should be ready to go for the Saints in Kamara’s stead.
Siemian was one play away from a win against the Falcons in Week 9, but he’s been an obvious weak point since then.
A hungry Buffalo defense is ready to pounce on a backup who threw 2 interceptions to Philadelphia last week. Buffalo’s defense is tied for the second-most interceptions in the league with 15. Here’s hoping the Colts’ 41-15 destruction of the Bills gives them some motivation to play to their potential.
Bills QB Josh Allen’s struggles won’t get any easier
The past few weeks have taken a toll, but the Saints’ defense has been an impressive force this season. They have 23 sacks on the year and intercepted 11 passes (taking two to the house).
Allen will need to clean things up to get this train back on track for Buffalo. Before Week 9’s loss to Jacksonville, Allen had a 17:3 touchdown to interception ratio. Since Week 9, it is 4:5. Everything starts with Allen taking care of the football tonight on Thursday Night Football for Buffalo.
Cornerback Marshon Lattimore has been stellar this season and leads the Saints’ defense with 10 pass deflections. The rest of the secondary? It’s hit or miss from play to play.
Allen needs to steer clear of Lattimore’s matchups and get New Orleans’ defensive backs on their heels. The Bills bounce back from the Week 11 loss, but an undermanned New Orleans squad gives them a scare tonight on Thursday Night Football.
Bills vs. Saints Prediction: Bills 27, Saints 20
Thursday Night Football Schedule: September
- Dallas Cowboys at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – September 9
- Final: Buccaneers 31, Cowboys 29
- New York Giants at Washington Football Team – September 16
- Final: Washington 30, Giants 29
- Carolina Panthers at Houston Texans – September 23
- Final: Panthers 24, Texans 9
- Jacksonville Jaguars at Cincinnati Bengals – September 30
- Final: Bengals 24, Jaguars 21
- Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks – October 7
- Final: Rams 26, Seattle 17
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Philadelphia Eagles – October 14
- Final: Buccaneers 28, Eagles 22
- Denver Broncos at Cleveland Browns – October 21
- Final: Browns 17, Broncos 14
- Green Bay Packers at Arizona Cardinals – October 28
- Final: Packers 24, Cardinals 21
- New York Jets at Indianapolis Colts – November 4
- Final: Colts 45, Jets 30
- Baltimore Ravens at Miami Dolphins – November 11
- Final: Dolphins 22, Ravens 10
- New England Patriots at Atlanta Falcons – November 18
- Final: Patriots 25, Falcons 0
- Buffalo Bills at New Orleans Saints – November 25
- Dallas Cowboys at New Orleans Saints – December 2
- Pittsburgh Steelers at Minnesota Vikings – December 9
- Kansas City Chiefs at Los Angeles Chargers – December 16
- San Francisco 49ers at Tennessee Titans – December 23