Thursday Night Football tonight features a pivotal AFC East matchup that could have huge implications not only in the general NFL standings but also in the playoff picture. With bad blood between these two rivals, Thursday Night Football could finally have a matchup worth watching. Let’s look at who is playing tonight, what time the game starts, and how you can watch it.
Who Plays on Thursday Night Football Tonight?
Buffalo Bills (8-3) at New England Patriots (6-5)
Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts
Thursday Night Football tonight will showcase the Buffalo Bills as they travel down to Foxborough to take on the New England Patriots. This will be the first of two matchups between these two teams, as they will close out their respective seasons in Buffalo.
If we look back to last year, the Bills and Patriots played three times, twice in the regular season and then again in the Wild Card round. That Wild Card game was Mac Jones’ first playoff start, and he struggled as the Bills won 47-17. Allen set career highs in touchdown passes (five) and passer rating (157.6) in the victory.
But these two teams are in very different places this year. New England has one of the best defenses in the league, and Jones continues to make strides. Both teams played on Thanksgiving last week, where they needed to go right down to the wire in their respective games.
In a 28-25 win over Detroit, Allen had 331 total yards and three touchdowns (two passing, one rushing). Buffalo’s QB is one of two passers in the league with at least 250 passing yards and 75 rushing yards in multiple games this season, the other being Lamar Jackson. In his past three starts at New England, Allen has nine touchdown passes with zero interceptions for a 115.3 passer rating.
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On the year, the Bills are third in the league in passing offense with an average of 279.2 yards per game and eighth in rushing with an average of 136.7 yards per contest. Buffalo is second in the league in scoring offense, putting up 28.1 points per contest. Allen is having another excellent season, throwing for 3,183 yards with 23 touchdowns and 11 interceptions on the season. He is also leading the team on the ground with 561 rushing yards and five scores.
Meanwhile, the Patriots are coming off a heartbreaking loss to the Minnesota Vikings, where controversy around a TD catch was the final nail in their coffin. In the best game of his young NFL career, Jones recorded a career-high 382 passing yards while also setting season-high marks in completions (28), touchdown passes (two), and passer rating (119.8).
The Patriots currently have the sixth-best defense in the NFL, holding their opponents to an average of 18.4 points per game. The Vikings game was somewhat of an anomaly, but the Bills’ offense will definitely test that theory. The Bills’ defense is top five in points allowed (18.1), so Jones will need to have another excellent showing if New England wants to remain competitive.
In his early NFL picks and predictions, PFN’s Betting Director BJ Rudell touched on how he thinks this game might play out.
“Damien Harris looks iffy at best for this one, while Jakobi Meyers looks iffy, period. Mac Jones and Nelson Agholor looked like MVP candidates against the Vikings’ yardage-friendly pass defense. But against the stingier Bills, they’d need to play some of their best football to stay within six points.”
What Time Is Thursday Night Football Tonight?
Date: Nov. 15, 2022
Start time: 8:15 p.m. ET
Amazon Prime’s version of Thursday Night Football kicks off at 8:15 p.m. ET. The Amazon Thursday Night Football announcers are Al Michaels and Kirk Herbstreit.
TV Channel and Live Stream for Thursday Night Football
TV channels: Amazon Prime Video
Live stream: Amazon Prime Video
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