Is there a ‘Thursday Night Football’ game tonight? NFL schedule, TV channels for Week 18

The NFL regular season is days away from ending, but there is still plenty to be determined as the playoff chase continues.

Five playoff spots are up for grabs entering Week 18, including four division titles. Nine teams have already clinched a playoff berth, while 13 have been eliminated from contention. That leaves 10 teams still unsure of whether they will be playing beyond the weekend, and every snap will be critical for each of them in Week 18.

Between the fight for playoff positioning, teams resting starters and coaches fighting to save their jobs, it promises to be a wild weekend around the NFL.

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Here’s what you need to know about the NFL’s Week 18 schedule, including what’s on tap for Thursday night.

Is there a ‘Thursday Night Football’ game tonight?

There is no “Thursday Night Football” game this week. The Week 17 contest between the Browns and Jets was Amazon Prime’s final Thursday night broadcast of the season, as all 16 of this week’s NFL games will be played over the weekend.

Why such a change? The NFL traditionally doesn’t play a Thursday night game during the final week of the season so all teams have nearly the full week to prepare for what in some cases is the most important game of the season. Knowing teams will be playing for playoff positioning in Week 18, the league opts against putting players out on only a few days’ rest.

It would also be tough for the league to schedule a Week 18 Thursday night game in advance without risking a non-competitive matchup. Because some teams rest their starters in the final week of the season and many others are already eliminated, the league wouldn’t know what it was getting even if the matchup was scheduled a few weeks ahead of time.

The NFL makes up for the lack of a Thursday night game by putting two games on Saturday in Week 18. This was a new addition to the schedule last season, and the league again put two games with playoff implications on Saturday as the Ravens host the Steelers and the Colts host the Texans.

At least one more playoff team will be determined on Saturday, and the rest of the bracket will sort itself out on Sunday.

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NFL schedule Week 18

Below is a look at the NFL’s Week 18 schedule, which features two games on Saturday and 14 on Sunday.

Saturday, Jan. 6

Game Time (ET) TV
Steelers vs. Ravens 4:30 p.m. ESPN/ABC
Texans at Colts 8:15 p.m. ESPN/ABC

Sunday, Jan. 7

Game Time (ET) TV
Browns vs. Bengals 1 p.m. CBS
Vikings vs. Lions 1 p.m. Fox
Jaguars vs. Titans 1 p.m.  CBS
Jets vs. Patriots 1 p.m. Fox
Falcons vs. Saints 1 p.m. CBS
Buccaneers vs. Panthers 1 p.m. Fox
Bears vs. Packers 4:25 p.m. CBS
Broncos vs. Raiders 4:25 p.m. Fox
Eagles vs. Giants 4:25 p.m. CBS
Seahawks vs. Cardinals 4:25 p.m. Fox
Chiefs at Chargers 4:25 p.m. CBS
Rams vs. 49ers 4:25 p.m. Fox
Cowboys vs. Commanders 4:25 p.m. Fox
Bills vs. Dolphins 8:20 p.m. NBC

Sports on TV today

Fans will have to turn to some basketball and hockey action on Thursday night, which is the first Thursday without either NFL or college football since Aug. 24. 

The NBA on TNT will assume its traditional Thursday slot with two compelling matchups as Giannis Antetokounmpo faces off with Victor Wembanyama before the reigning champion Nuggets travel to face the struggling Warriors.

ESPN has a premier Eastern Conference NHL matchup on tap, while two projected men’s NCAA Tournament teams will battle it out on the network later in the night.

Here’s a look at where to watch some of the biggest events on Thursday night without the NFL. 

  • NBA: Bucks vs. Spurs (7:30 p.m. ET, TNT) and Nuggets vs. Warriors (10 p.m. ET, TNT)
  • NHL: Penguins vs. Bruins (7 p.m. ET, ESPN)
  • NCAAM: Colorado vs. No. 10 Arizona (9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN) 
  • NCAAW: No. 1 South Carolina at Florida (7 p.m. ET, SECN) and Missouri at No. 7 LSU (9 p.m. ET, SECN)

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