Is ‘Thursday Night Football’ taking place this evening? NFL schedule for Week 18 and the TV stations

Days remain until the NFL regular season ends, but there are still many unanswered questions as the postseason hunt intensifies.

As of Week 18, there are five playoff slots available, including four division titles. Thirteen teams have already lost out on a postseason spot, leaving nine clubs with guaranteed spots. As a result, ten clubs are still uncertain about whether they will participate in Week 18, and each of them will need to win every play.

It’s going to be an exciting weekend in the NFL with teams vying for postseason positions, teams resting players, and coaches battling for their jobs.

 

This is all the information you want on the NFL’s Week 18 schedule, which includes Thursday night’s events.

Is ‘Thursday Night Football’ taking place this evening?

This week’s “Thursday Night Football” game is not scheduled. Since all 16 of this week’s NFL games will take place over the weekend, the Week 17 matchup between the Browns and Jets served as Amazon Prime’s final Thursday night broadcast of the season.

Why the sudden change? Since there isn’t usually a Thursday night game in the NFL during the final week of the season, all teams have almost a whole week to get ready for what might be the most significant game of the year in some circumstances. The league chooses not to send players out on no more than a few days’ notice since it knows that clubs will be fighting for postseason positions in Week 18.

It would also be difficult for the league to plan a Thursday night game for Week 18 ahead of time without running the danger of a non-competitive contest. Even if the game was set a few weeks in advance, the league wouldn’t know what it was getting because some clubs rest their starters in the last week of the season and many others are already out of the running.

In Week 18, the NFL plays two games on Saturday to make up for the absence of a Thursday night game. The league added two games with playoff implications on Saturday, with the Ravens hosting the Steelers and the Colts hosting the Texans. This was a new addition to the calendar last season.

The remaining teams in the bracket will choose themselves on Sunday after selecting at least one more playoff team on Saturday.

Week 18 of the NFL schedule

The NFL’s Week 18 schedule, which has two games on Saturday and fourteen on Sunday, is shown below.

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

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