Thursday Night Football has become a staple of the NFL season, as fans get to kick off each new week of NFL action with an exciting matchup. And the weekly primetime game has an exclusive streaming home, with Prime Video handling the coverage.
What to Watch has you covered with how to watch all of the primetime NFL offerings for the 2023 season, including Sunday Night Football and Monday Night Football, but read on here to get all you need to now about how to watch Thursday Night Football, including game previews, the season-long schedule, the commentators and more.
With that in mind, we have everything you need to know on how to watch Thursday Night Football this week, as well as details on how to watch for the rest of the season.
What time is Black Friday Football on?
Thursday Night Football games have a kickoff of 8:15 pm ET/5:15 pm PT.
Pre-game coverage starts at 7 pm ET/4 pm PT.
What channel is Thursday Night Football on?
Thursday Night Football streams exclusively on Prime Video. Local stations for the two teams that are playing on Thursday Night Football in a given week are also going to have the game (check local listings).
How to watch Thursday Night Football
For Prime Video's special Thursday Night Football broadcast, the best way to make sure you can watch all the action is by having an Amazon Prime account. With Amazon Prime you automatically get access to Prime Video, which also includes original TV shows and movies (like The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and The Rings of Power), a library of classic movies and TV shows and access to a range of Prime Video channels.
You can watch Thursday Night Football through Prime Video on a web browser, smart TV, tablets, mobile devices and other connected devices that have the Prime Video app.
For those in the local markets of the two teams playing in a given week, those games are also available on their local broadcast TVs. Channels will differ for each market, but most options are going to be available through a traditional pay-TV service or a live TV streaming service like Fubo, Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV and YouTube TV.
In addition, the Prime Video stream should be available in bars, restaurants and other out-of-home venues, in case you are out and about but don't want to miss TNF action.
The streaming service Twitch is also offering streams of Prime Video's football coverage. Watching the game on Twitch allows viewers to interact through live chat, see stats, participate in polls and make live predictions.
The NFL's streaming service, NFL Plus, can also stream games on Prime Video, but only on mobile or tablet devices.
For UK NFL fans, Thursday Night Football airs on Sky Sports' Main Event and NFL channels starting at 12:30 am UK on Fridays. UK viewers can also sign up for NFL Game Pass to stream NFL games.
Thursday Night Football preview: Seahawks vs Cowboys
A matchup of two potential playoff team kickstarts NFL week 13, as the Seattle Seahawks take on the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday Night Football.
Seattle is currently second in the NFC West and holding a projected playoff spot, but they are also in the midst of two-game losing streak, with things not getting any easier in the next few weeks. That makes each of these upcoming games huge, starting with the week 13 game against Dallas. Offensively, Seattle hasn't gotten the same success from quarterback Geno Smith this season compared to 2022; he ended 2022 with 30 touchdowns but in 11 games this season has only thrown 11. The Seahawks are also likely to be without their leading rusher, Kenneth Walker III, who is listed as doubtful in the game, but they still have dangerous weapons in the passing game in DK Metcalf, Tyler Lockett and Jaxon Smith-Njigba. On the defensive side, rookie Devon Witherspoon has had early flashes and linebacker Boye Mafe has a respectable seven sacks, but overall they have been a slightly below average unit when compared to the rest of the league.
The Cowboys have been anything but average this year. Their offense is fifth in the league in total yards per game, first in points per game and quarterback Dak Prescott has arguably been playing the best football of his career. Defensively, they are third in the league in total yards allowed per game, fourth in points per game allowed, fourth in sacks and cornerback DaRon Bland leads the league in interceptions (seven) and set an NFL record by returning five of those for touchdowns. The Cowboys are in a fight for the NFC East and potential home field advantage in the playoffs.
Just about every one of the Cowboys' wins has been a dominant one, but an interesting side not is they have only beaten one team with a winning record when they played them, and that was week 2 against the 1-0 Jets; none of the teams they've beaten have a winning record at this point. If they beat Seattle that will be their second win against a team with a winning record heading into their matchup, but of course if that happens Seattle will no longer have a winning record at 6-6; the Cowboys will have multiple opportunities to change that fact in the home stretch of their season.
Thursday Night Football schedule
There is one quirk with Prime Video's Thursday Night Football schedule, as one game actually is being played on Friday. In Week 12, with Thanksgiving Day games taking place on CBS, Fox and NBC, Prime Video is going to have the first ever Black Friday game.
Here is the 2023 Prime Video Thursday Night Football schedule:
- Week 2: Minnesota Vikings 28, Philadelphia Eagles 34
- Week 3: New York Giants 12, San Francisco 49ers 30
- Week 4: Detroit Lions 34, Green Bay Packers 20
- Week 5: Chicago Bears 40, Washington Commanders 20
- Week 6: Denver Broncos 8, Kansas City Chiefs 19
- Week 7: Jacksonville Jaguars 31, New Orleans Saints 24
- Week 8: Tampa Bay Buccaneers 18, Buffalo Bills 24
- Week 9: Tennessee Titans 16, Pittsburgh Steelers 20
- Week 10: Carolina Panthers 13, Chicago Bears 16
- Week 11: Cincinnati Bengals 20, Baltimore Ravens 34
- Week 12: Miami Dolphins 34, New York Jets 13
- Week 13: Seattle Seahawks 35, Dallas Cowboys 41
- Week 14: New England Patriots vs Pittsburgh Steelers
- Week 15: Los Angeles Chargers vs Las Vegas Raiders
- Week 16: New Orleans Saints vs Los Angeles Rams
- Week 17: New York Jets vs Cleveland Browns
Thursday Night Football commentators
Set to call the games for Thursday Night Football during the 2023 season is legendary play-by-play announced Al Michaels, with football analyst Kirk Herbstreit joining him in the booth. The TNF sideline reporter is Kaylee Hartung.
In addition, NFL Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez, Richard Sherman, Andrew Whitworth and Ryan Fitzpatrick serve as analysts for Thursday Night Football's pregame, halftime and postgame shows, with Charissa Thompson serving as host. In addition, Taylor Rooks is a feature reporter for the broadcast, Michael Smith is on board as a news analyst and Terry McAulay is the TNF's rules analyst.
Marshawn Lynch, a Super Bowl winner and recent star of Bottoms, is also part of the Thursday Night Football team, doing special segments that'll run throughout the season.
Thursday Night Football — Dude Perfect
Prime Video did not just have the traditional Thursday Night Football broadcast in 2022, but alternate game broadcasts as well. Dude Perfect, the YouTube creators, are set to host one such alternate broadcast.
The streaming launched TNF With Dude Perfect, which featured Tyler Toney, Cory and Coby Cotton, Garrett Hilbert and Cody Jones commenting on the game live, attempting to predict the next play and entertaining antics like dunk tanks, pudding cannons, special guests and "the occasional world record attempt."
No information has been provided on TNF With Dude Perfect as of August 24, but it is expected that it'll return for the 2023 NFL season.
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Michael Balderston is a DC-based entertainment and assistant managing editor for What to Watch, who has previously written about the TV and movies with TV Technology, Awards Circuit and regional publications. Spending most of his time watching new movies at the theater or classics on TCM, some of Michael's favorite movies include Casablanca, Moulin Rouge!, Silence of the Lambs, Children of Men, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Star Wars. On the TV side he enjoys Only Murders in the Building, Yellowstone, The Boys, Game of Thrones and is always up for a Seinfeld rerun. Follow on Letterboxd.