We have seen two straight weeks of Thursday Night Football, but is there more in store in Week 3 of the 2021 NFL preseason? Let’s take a look at whether there is Thursday Night Football this week and what is in store for us through the remainder of the preseason and once TNF begins in-season.
Is there preseason Thursday Night Football tonight?
Unfortunately, there is no preseason Thursday Night Football tonight. The final week of the preseason NFL schedule is taking place over Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. We will see four games on Friday, followed by seven games on Saturday and five nationally televised games on Sunday.
The first nationally televised preseason game will see the Minnesota Vikings face the Kansas City Chiefs on NFL Network at 8 PM ET on Friday. There are a further three nationally televised games Saturday: 1 PM ET (Packers at Bills), 7 PM ET (Bears at Titans), and 10 PM ET (Chargers at Seahawks).
2021 Thursday Night Football regular-season schedule
The TNF schedule is somewhat convoluted. The opening game of the season takes place on a Thursday but is not officially listed as part of the TNF schedule.
Additionally, four games are played on a Saturday, which is considered part of the Thursday Night Football package. Furthermore, the Thanksgiving triple-header is played on a Thursday during the season.
Below you will find the full schedule of all games to take place on a Thursday. Further down is the list of Saturday matchups, including the Christmas Day games.
All times Eastern.
Cowboys @ Buccaneers | Sep. 9, 8:20 PM | NBC
Giants @ Washington | Sep. 16, 8:20 PM | NFLN
Panthers @ Texans | Sep. 23, 8:20 PM | NFLN
Jaguars @ Bengals | Sep. 30, 8:20 PM | NFLN
Rams @ Seahawks | Oct. 7, 8:20 PM | FOX/NFLN/Prime Video
Buccaneers @ Eagles | Oct. 14, 8:20 PM | FOX/NFLN/Prime Video
Broncos @ Browns | Oct. 21, 8:20 PM | FOX/NFLN/Prime Video
Packers @ Cardinals | Oct. 28, 8:20 PM | FOX/NFLN/Prime Video
Jets @ Colts | Nov. 4, 8:20 PM | FOX/NFLN/Prime Video
Ravens @ Dolphins | Nov. 11, 8:20 PM | FOX/NFLN/Prime Video
Patriots @ Falcons | Nov. 18, 8:20 PM | FOX/NFLN/Prime Video
Bears @ Lions | Nov. 25, 12:30 PM | FOX
Raiders @ Cowboys | Nov. 25, 4:30 PM | CBS
Bills @ Saints | Nov. 25, 8:20 PM | NBC
Cowboys @ Saints | Dec. 2, 8:20 PM | FOX/NFLN/Prime Video
Steelers @ Vikings | Dec. 9, 8:20 PM | FOX/NFLN/Prime Video
Chiefs @ Chargers | Dec. 16, 8:20 PM | FOX/NFLN/Prime Video
49ers @ Titans | Dec. 23, 8:20 PM | NFLN
Saturday games in 2021
TBC | Dec. 18, 4:30 PM | NFLN
TBC | Dec. 18, 8:15 PM | NFLN
Browns @ Packers | Dec. 25, 4:30 PM | FOX/NFLN/Prime Video
Colts at Cardinals | Dec. 25, 8:15 PM | NFLN