Who plays on ‘Thursday Night Football’ tonight? Time, TV channel, schedule for NFL Week 8

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The Atlanta Falcons likely would’ve preferred their Week 8 “Thursday Night Football” game to come in better circumstances instead of being surrounded by heavy trade rumors.

But that’s where the Falcons are as a franchise, a 1-6 record in 2020 and speculation about moving on even from their biggest names. Matt Ryan and Julio Jones likely have too big of contracts to move, but that hasn’t stopped Twitter from suggesting it. The Carolina Panthers (3-4) will host Atlanta on Thursday night in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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For Carolina, Thursday Night Football is a chance to show off its newest acquisitions that have shined in the early going, Teddy Bridgewater and Robby Anderson. With Christian McCaffrey back from injury soon, Carolina can get back to .500 and seize some momentum with a win over the Falcons.

Below is more about the Week 8 “Thursday Night Football” matchup and how to watch it.

Who plays on Thursday Night Football tonight?

  • Matchup: Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers
  • Location: Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina

Thursday Night Football continues to be simulcast on Fox and the NFL Network after NFL Network had exclusive TV rights to the games prior to Week 5. No matter which channel you choose, you’ll be listening to Joe Buck (play-by-play) and Troy Aikman (color).

The Falcons are looking for any sort of positives to take out of this season after blowing yet another lead in Week 7. Matt Ryan and Julio Jones are likely stuck in Atlanta due to their contracts, so they can at least start putting up numbers for their fantasy owners.

The Panthers have an outside shot of contending for the postseason in this first year of the Teddy Bridgewater era, and that contention will start in earnest with a prime-time win over the Falcons, if they can get it.

What time is the NFL game tonight?

  • Date: Thursday, Oct. 29
  • Kickoff time: 8:20 p.m. ET

All Thursday night games throughout the 2020 NFL season will start at 8:20 p.m. ET, though the TV viewing options (more on those below) have expanded beginning with Week 5.

With a matchup of two Eastern time zone teams, this will be an 8:20 p.m. local start for the fans of Carolina and Atlanta. The Falcons lost in Week 4 at night to the Packers, but the Panthers will make their prime-time debut in this matchup.

It’ll be the first chance for Bridgewater and wide receiver Robby Anderson to play on prime time in Panthers colors after coming to Carolina in the offseason from the Saints and Jets, respectively.

What channel is “Thursday Night Football on tonight?

Beginning in Week 5, all “Thursday Night Football” games will broadcast live on cable network Fox in addition to NFL Network. That simulcast setup will be in place through Week 16.

Week 5 is also the beginning of Thursday night broadcasts on Amazon Prime Video. Amazon will likely use this platform as a runway to setup a big bid in the next set of TV rights negotiations.

NFL Network is available via most cable providers in the United States. It also is available via satellite provider DirecTV (channels 212 and 1212) and IPTV providers Verizon FiOS (channels 88 and 588) and Google Fiber (channel 2019).

NFL live streams for Thursday night game

With the addition of Fox and Amazon Prime to this week’s broadcast, the streaming options have expanded. Fox Sports Go is now a possibility for cable subscribers, in addition to Amazon Prime and the rest of your possible streaming services outlined here.

Below are all of the live streaming options for “Thursday Night Football” in 2020.

NFL Week 8 schedule

The NFL continues to get unlucky with its scheduled prime-time offerings, with Falcons-Panthers kicking off a weak slate of Week 8 night games that also includes Cowboys-Eagles and Giants-Buccaneers.

At least Sunday comes with some better storylines, including a rivalry game between the Steelers and Ravens, Tua Tagovailoa’s first NFL start and a Le’Veon Bell revenge game against the Jets.

Below is the complete schedule for Week 8 of the 2020 NFL season.

Thursday, Oct. 29

GameTime (ET)TV channel
Falcons at Panthers8:20 p.m.Fox, NFL Network, fuboTV  

Sunday, Nov. 1

GameTime (ET)TV channel
Steelers at Ravens1 p.m.CBS, fuboTV
Rams at Dolphins1 p.m.Fox, fuboTV
Jets at Chiefs1 p.m.CBS, fuboTV
Vikings at Packers1 p.m.Fox, fuboTV
Colts at Lions1 p.m.CBS, fuboTV
Raiders at Browns1 p.m.Fox, fuboTV
Titans at Bengals1 p.m.CBS, fuboTV
Patriots at Bills1 p.m.CBS, fuboTV
Chargers at Broncos4:05 p.m.CBS, fuboTV
49ers at Seahawks4:25 p.m.Fox, fuboTV
Saints at Bears4:25 p.m.Fox, fuboTV
Cowboys at Eagles8:20 p.m.NBC, fuboTV

Monday, Nov. 2

GameTime (ET)TV channel
Buccaneers at Giants8:15 p.m.ESPN, fuboTV

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