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


We have reached Week 8 of the 2021 NFL season and with it comes what undoubtedly looks like the best “Thursday Night Football” matchup of the season.

Two NFC teams will be squaring off in a battle that should help decide the No. 1 seed in the NFC. The teams each lead their respective divisions and have combined to post a 13-1 record through 14 games this season.

The home team will be the lone unbeaten team remaining in the NFL, the Cardinals. Arizona has beaten down their opponents in recent weeks and looks like one of the most complete teams in the league. Kyler Murray and the offense are playing at a high level while J.J. Watt’s presence has upgraded the defensive line across from Chandler Jones.

Arizona’s opponent, the Packers, have had a similarly strong start to the season. They haven’t won in as dominant a fashion as the Cardinals, but their offense continues to play well under Aaron Rodgers’ watch — save for the team’s Week 1 loss against the Saints — and their defense has steadily improved as the season has gone on thanks, in part, to the emergence of first-round rookie Eric Stokes.

Below is everything to know about Thursday night’s matchup, plus everything you need to know to watch the first Week 8 game of the 2021 NFL season.

MORE: Watch Packers at Cardinals live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)

Who plays on ‘Thursday Night Football’ tonight?

  • Matchup: Packers at Cardinals
  • Location: State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.

The Packers are traveling to Glendale in hopes of being the first team to beat the 7-0 Cardinals. The Packers have won six consecutive games since being blown out by the Saints in Week 1, and four of those victories have come by double digits.

Aaron Rodgers continues to be one of the NFL’s top quarterbacks and ranks third overall in total QBR on the season with a mark of 66.2. He trails only Matthew Stafford and Tom Brady in that category and has helped the Packers’ offense to average 27.5 points per game during their six-game winning streak.

Rodgers will rely on Davante Adams to get open against an Arizona defense that is a bit light on cornerback talent. However, he’ll have to be careful of a strong pass rush that features J.J. Watt and Chandler Jones — provided that he is activated off the COVID list before Thursday night’s game.

Meanwhile, the Cardinals’ offense will continue to rely heavily on Kyler Murray’s playmaking ability to carry them. Murray has completed 73.5 percent of his passes, the best mark in the NFL this season, and he has racked up 20 total TDs through seven games. He’s a legitimate MVP candidate, but he’ll have to be careful under pressure. He has been sacked 16 times this year and the Packers’ pass rush has performed well in recent weeks.

Both of these teams are well-rounded and have few weaknesses. This could turn into one of the better quarterback battles of the season as Rodgers and Murray go toe-to-toe. Certainly enjoy this one; it has the makings of a truly great Thursday night game.

What time is the NFL game tonight?

  • Date: Thursday, Oct. 28
  • Time: 8:20 p.m. ET

The Packers vs. Cardinals game will kick off at 8:20 p.m. ET. That’s the same time that all “Thursday Night Football” contests will begin for the 2021 NFL season. Pregame coverage of the event will begin at 7:30 p.m. ET on both NFL Network and Fox. NFL Network will also air “TNF First Look” on game day starting at 3 p.m. ET.

The Cardinals are the home team, so kick off will actually be at about 6:20 p.m. local time; most of Arizona operates on Mountain time. The Cardinals play in a stadium with a retractable roof, too, so rain won’t be factor, as it was for “Sunday Night Football” in Week 7.

Streamers will be able to watch the game via Amazon Prime or by using fuboTV, which comes with a seven-day free trial.

Meanwhile, viewers in Canada can watch the game on DAZN free with a 30-day trial.

What channel is ‘Thursday Night Football’ on tonight?

The channel for “Thursday Night Football” will not change for the rest of the 2021 NFL season. Both Fox and NFL Network will broadcast the game between the Packers and the Cardinals. The broadcasts are simulcasts, so they are identical.

The game will also be streamed on Amazon Prime with the same broadcast as both Fox and NFL Network. So, streamers will be able to catch the game there.

Most United States cable providers carry the NFL Network. 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 stream for Thursday night game

Streamers will be able to view “Thursday Night Football” for free with a cable subscription by using either the NFL App or the Yahoo! Sports App. You must enter cable/satellite subscription credentials to access it.

Meanwhile, cord-cutters will have plenty of options to watch Packers vs. Cardinals. They are as follows.

NFL Week 8 schedule

The Packers and the Cardinals will kick off Week 8 of the 2021 NFL season in style. The game will feature two teams with a combined 13-1 record that serve as their respective division leaders and will likely be the best “Thursday Night Football” matchup of the season.

The other two prime-time games aren’t too shabby either. The NFC East-leading Cowboys will travel to take on the Vikings after the two teams were on bye in Week 7. Meanwhile, the 3-4 Chiefs will look to bounce back after another disappointing loss against the Giants. Kansas City lost by 24 in Week 8 while the Giants won by 22.

Of the main-slate matchups, the Titans-Colts and Buccaneers-Saints games will be the most important. Wins for the Bucs and Titans could give them significant edges in their divisional races. Losses would allow the second-place Colts and Saints to climb back into the race.

Below is the full schedule for Week 8 of the 2021 NFL season.

Week 8

Game Kickoff time TV channel
Packers at Cardinals 8:20 p.m. ET Fox/NFLN/Amazon
Game Kickoff time TV channel
Bengals at Jets 1 p.m. ET CBS
Titans at Colts 1 p.m. ET CBS
Rams at Texans 1 p.m. ET Fox
Steelers at Browns 1 p.m. ET CBS
Eagles at Lions 1 p.m. ET Fox
49ers at Bears 1 p.m. ET Fox
Panthers at Falcons 1 p.m. ET Fox
Dolphins at Bills 1 p.m. ET CBS
Patriots at Chargers 4:05 p.m. ET CBS
Jaguars at Seahawks 4:05 p.m. ET CBS
Washington Football Team at Broncos 4:25 p.m. ET Fox
Buccaneers at Saints 4:25 p.m. ET Fox
Cowboys at Vikings 8:20 p.m. ET NBC
Game Kickoff time TV channel
Giants at Chiefs 8:15 p.m. ET ESPN


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