Who plays on ‘Thursday Night Football’ tonight? Time, TV channel, schedule for NFL Week 16

Week 16’s edition of “Thursday Night Football” has a lot of NFC playoff implications on the line. The New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Rams both have legitimate shots at the postseason, but both need wins to stay alive in the hunt.

The outcome of tonight’s match significantly shifts each team’s playoff probability, according to the New York Times NFL playoff predictor. The Rams currently have an 49 percent chance to make the postseason after the Seattle Seahawks dramatic Monday night win over the Philadelphia Eagles. That number rises to 72 percent with a win but drops to nine percent with a loss. Los Angeles’ only real shot to extend its season is through a wildcard spot, though, because of how far ahead the NFC West-leading San Francisco 49ers are in the divisional and conference standings with an 11-3 record as well as the Seahawks’ record.

The Saints, meanwhile, have multiple avenues to make the postseason. The division title is still alive after Week 15’s win and the Atlanta Falcons’ loss. New Orleans is tied with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the top of NFC South, but doesn’t hold the head-to-head tiebreaker. The Saints don’t play the Buccaneers in Week 17, but currently have an 41 percent chance to make the playoffs. A win over the Rams would push that probability to 75 percent, while a loss to drop their chances to 23 percent.

Both quarterbacks have played very well of late. Derek Carr has completed 75.93 percent of his passes for 337 yards, five touchdowns and just one interception during the Saints’ current two-game winning streak, while Matthew Stafford has completed 65.97 percent of his passes for 1,060 yards, 12 touchdowns and just one interception over the Rams’ past four games. Los Angeles also went 3-1 during that span to draw back to a .500 record.

They’ll each face opponents with solid passing defenses in this contest, though. The Saints have the sixth-best secondary in the NFL in passing yards and touchdowns allowed. New Orleans hasn’t given up a passing touchdown since Week 13 and allows just 185.4 passing yards per game. The Rams give up a decent amount of passing yards – 226.1 per game – but held the Washington Commanders to just one passing touchdown through three quarters before Los Angeles gave up two late-game scores with the game more-or-less decided.

Watch out for both defensive lines in this one. New Orleans sacked New York Giants quarterback Tommy DeVito seven times in Week 15, while Los Angeles defensive tackle Aaron Donald is always a threat in the middle of the defense.

Here’s what you need to know about Thursday’s Week 16 clash between the Saints and Rams, including the broadcast information and start time for the game.

Who plays on ‘Thursday Night Football’ tonight?

  • Matchup: Saints vs. Rams
  • Location: SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles

The Saints will travel to Los Angeles for a Week 16 game against the Rams.

New Orleans (7-7) is tied for first in the NFC South with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, while Los Angeles (7-7) is tied for second in the NFC West with Seattle, well behind the conference-leading San Francisco 49ers.

What time is the NFL game tonight?

  • Date: Thursday, Dec. 21
  • Time: 8:15 p.m. ET

Saints vs. Rams will kick off around 8:15 p.m. ET on Thursday, Dec. 21. The game will be played at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles.

Every “Thursday Night Football” game will have that kickoff time for the 2023 NFL season.

What channel is ‘Thursday Night Football’ on tonight?

Saints vs. Rams will air on Amazon Prime Video nationally in the U.S. Al Michaels (play-by-play) and Kirk Herbstreit (analyst) will be in the booth for the Amazon Prime Video broadcast, and Kaylee Hartung will be reporting live from the sideline.

Viewers in Canada can watch Saints vs. Rams on DAZN.

New Orleans Saints schedule 2023

Week Date Opponent/Result Kickoff time (ET) TV channel
1 Sept. 10 Saints 16, Titans 15
2 Sept. 18 Saints 20, Panthers 17
3 Sept. 24 Packers 18, Saints 17
4 Oct. 1 Buccaneers 26, Saints 9
5 Oct. 8 Saints 34, Patriots 0
6 Oct. 15 Texans 20, Saints 13
7 Oct. 19 Jaguars 31, Saints 24
8 Oct. 29 Saints 38, Colts 27
9 Nov. 5 Saints 24, Bears 17
10 Nov. 12 Vikings 27, Saints 19
11   BYE    
12 Nov. 26 Falcons 24, Saints 15
13 Dec. 3 Lions 33, Saints 28
14 Dec. 10 Saints 28, Panthers 6
15 Dec. 17 Saints 24, Giants 6 1:00 p.m. CBS
16 Dec. 21 at Rams 8:15 p.m. Prime Video
17 Dec. 31 at Buccaneers 1:00 p.m. FOX
18 Jan. 7 vs. Falcons TBD TBD

Los Angeles Rams schedule 2023

Week Date Opponent/Result Kickoff time (ET) TV channel
1 Sept. 10 Rams 30, Seahawks 13
2 Sept. 17 49ers 30, Rams 23
3 Sept. 25 Bengals 19, Rams 16
4 Oct. 1 Rams 29, Colts 23 OT
5 Oct. 8 Eagles 23, Rams 14
6 Oct. 15 Rams 26, Cardinals 9
7 Oct. 22 Rams 24, Steelers 17
8 Oct. 29 Cowboys 43, Rams 20
9 Nov. 5 Packers 20, Rams 3
10 BYE
11 Nov. 19 Seahawks 17, Rams 16
12 Nov. 26 Rams 37, Cardinals 14
13 Dec. 3 Rams 36, Browns 19
14 Dec. 10 Ravens 37, Rams 31 OT
15 Dec. 17 Rams 28, Commanders 20    
16 Dec. 21 vs. Saints 8:15 p.m. Prime Video
17 Dec. 31 at Giants 1 p.m. FOX
18 Jan. 7 at 49ers TBD TBD

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