Once exclusively on NFL Network, TNF's weekly slate of primetime tilts will be available to viewers across multiple networks and platforms in 2016.
CBS and NBC will each air five Thursday Night Football games, while all TNF broadcasts will continue to be simulcast on NFL Network. NFL Network will also exclusively televise an eight-game schedule of Thursday showdowns and two late-season games on Saturday. Also, for the first time in our proud human history, the NFL will live-stream 10 Thursday night affairs on Twitter.
I know, I know ... you came here to see the schedule, so let's get down to it with a week-by-week look at what's ahead.
After the Broncos host Carolina in the Kickoff Game, Thursday Night Football launches in earnest with a juicy AFC East battle of wills. What's not to like about Gang Green facing Rex Ryan's Bills? The question is whether or not Ryan Fitzpatrick will be under center for a Jets team looking to continue what they started during last year's promising 10-win campaign.
Brock Osweiler won't be taken lightly by the Patriots after he helped Denver to an overtime win against New England last season. Now entrenched with the Texans, Osweiler and star wideout DeAndre Hopkins will do their best to fell Bill Belichick's mighty Pats. We can't wait to see Tom Brady run an offense featuring Rob Gronkowski, Martellus Bennett, Julian Edelman and speedy satellite back Dion Lewis.
This feels like a missed opportunity to pit the fascinating Cardinals against an NFC heavy, but the Niners -- if not talented -- remain intriguing because of new coach Chip Kelly. By Week 5, we'll have a good idea of how Kelly's players are adapting to his high-speed attack.
We still have no idea what the Broncos will do at quarterback. So, this game features FILL IN THE BLANK SIGNAL-CALLER vs. Philip Rivers and San Diego's No. 3 overall draft pick. I simply refuse to believe we're getting 16 doses of Mark Sanchez next season. We've move beyond this as a people group and cannot allow it.
Putting the Browns on national television in mid-November is puzzling, but the hope is that Hue Jackson will coach up Cleveland beyond expectations. We have no doubt that Baltimore will have its act together for a matchup that -- on paper -- would feature Joe Flacco vs. either Robert Griffin III or one of the draft's prized rookie passers (or Austin Davis).
It's been years since this classic rivalry delivered the goods. The Raiders, though, have the parts in place to compete in the AFC West. This game could go a long way toward deciding who gets an invite to the postseason party -- and who spends January on the couch.
Three cheers for Saturday football! The hope is that Miami and New York will still be alive and fighting for the playoffs when they square off in Gotham. The pairing of Ryan Tannehill and Gase gives us hope that the 'Fins won't be a comprehensive mess by Week 15.
The big question here is who will be under center for the Eagles vs. THE ONLY MANNING LEFT. Will it be Sam Bradford, Chase Daniel -- or will Philly move up in the draft for a rookie QB? Whoever starts will face a Giants defense now laced with pass rusher Olivier Vernon and cover man Janoris Jenkins.
With two games on Christmas Day and a massive slate on Christmas Eve, the NFL has ensured that sportswriters will have plenty of explaining to do on the home front this holiday season. That's OK, though, this intriguing bout between Osweiler and Andy Dalton completely makes up for it.