Thursday Night Football Tonight: Panthers vs. Texans channel, live stream, start time, more

Who's on Thursday Night Football tonight? Here is the channel and live stream information for the Carolina Panthers vs. Houston Texans game.

Who plays in Week 3’s Thursday Night Football game tonight? The hot 2-0 Carolina Panthers head to NRG Stadium to take on the Houston Texans. Week 2 rocked the NFL with injuries, especially the QB position. It affected many teams, and Houston was one of them — how will rookie Texans QB Davis Mills fare? What channel is the game on, and where can you live stream Thursday Night Football tonight? Here’s a preview of the contest plus all the information you need to watch the Panthers vs. Texans. 

What channel is Thursday Night Football on tonight?

    • Channel: NFL Network
    • Time: 8:15 PM ET
  • Live Streaming Options:
    • NFL Mobile App
    • Sling
    • fuboTV
    • YouTube TV
    • Hulu

What to expect from the Panthers at Texans?

Is this going to be a bloodbath, or will we see a competitive matchup?

The Texans face another loss at QB

Already sans Pro Bowl QB Deshaun Watson, the Houston Texans’ QB situation got even worse in Week 2. When the Texans came out for the second half of their game against the Cleveland Browns, Mills was under center, not Tyrod Taylor. Taylor suffered a left hamstring injury in the first half, which will force him to miss at least the next four weeks. Houston placed him on short-term injured reserve on September 21. 

The Texans played decently in Taylor’s absence, but the team wasn’t able to topple the Browns. With Taylor out, the Houston offense had some work to do throughout the week to make Mills more comfortable. However, Carolina’s defense will not be much comfort coming to town on Thursday Night Football tonight. 

The Panthers have amassed 10 sacks through two weeks of the season. Couple that with 10 pass deflections and 3 interceptions, and the picture is clear: Carolina’s defense is red-hot. However, can the offense take advantage of a weak opponent? 

Sam Darnold’s time to shine on Thursday Night Football? 

So far, a change in scenery has helped the 2018 No. 3 overall pick. Darnold’s stats do not necessarily pop off the page, but he is getting better at protecting the football and giving his playmakers chances. His prior relationship with WR Robby Anderson has bloomed on a couple of deep shots this season, while DJ Moore leads the Panthers in targets. Meanwhile, running back Christian McCaffrey has proven to be as reliable as ever by gaining 324 scrimmage yards through two games.

Darnold has a chance to get his team to 3-0 with a victory against the Texans. Carolina’s defense should hold Mills and the Houston offense at bay, but it will be up to Darnold to take advantage of a weak opponent in a primetime environment. Be sure to catch the broadcast or live stream of Thursday Night Football tonight between the Panthers and Texans at 8:15 PM ET.

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
  • Jacksonville Jaguars at Cincinnati Bengals – September 30


  • Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks – October 7
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Philadelphia Eagles – October 14
  • Denver Broncos at Cleveland Browns – October 21
  • Green Bay Packers at Arizona Cardinals – October 28


  • New York Jets at Indianapolis Colts – November 4
  • Baltimore Ravens at Miami Dolphins – November 11
  • New England Patriots at Atlanta Falcons – November 18
  • 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

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