There is not an NFL Thursday Night Football game on TV today, December 27th. The entire NFL Week 17 schedule takes place on Sunday, December 30th. This means there are no Thursday, Saturday or Monday games this week.
The main reason for this is to create a somewhat even playing field heading into the NFL playoffs. The NFL also wants as much intrigue as possible on Sunday as playoff matchups are determined. The NFL helps create suspense by having teams that impact each other’s playoff positioning play at the same time.
The best example of this is the Browns-Ravens and Bengals-Steelers games both kickoff at 4:25 p.m. Eastern. The Steelers need to defeat the Bengals and the Browns to upset the Ravens in order to make the playoffs.
Another example is the Bears-Vikings and Eagles-Redskins games that also take place on Sunday at 4:25 p.m. The Vikings and Eagles are fighting for the final NFC playoff spot. This week, the majority of marquee NFL matchups take place at 4:25 p.m. Eastern.
There are three college football games on ESPN today if you are looking to get your fix. Temple takes on Duke in the Independence Bowl at 1:30 p.m. Eastern. Miami squares off with Wisconsin in the Pinstripe Bowl at 5:15 p.m. Those looking for a Thursday night game will have to tune in to Baylor-Vanderbilt in the Texas Bowl that kicks off at 9 p.m.
The final Week 17 matchup takes place on Sunday night at 8:20 p.m. as the Colts take on the Titans. The winner will head to the postseason, and the NFL playoff schedule is typically announced after the game.
Here’s a look at the December 27th college football bowl schedule as well as the NFL Week 17 slate of games.
College Football Bowl Game Schedule: Thursday, December 27
|DATE||TEAMS||TIME (ET)/TV CHANNEL|
|Thursday, December 27||Independence Bowl: Temple vs. Duke||1:30 p.m. ESPN|
|Thursday, December 27||Pinstripe Bowl: Miami vs. Wisconsin||5:15 p.m. ESPN|
|Thursday, December 27||Texas Bowl: Baylor vs. Vanderbilt||9 p.m. ESPN|
NFL TV Schedule: Week 17
|Sunday, December 30||Miami Dolphins vs. Buffalo Bills||1 p.m. CBS|
|Sunday, December 30||Atlanta Falcons vs. Tampa Bay Bucs||1 p.m. Fox|
|Sunday, December 30||Dallas Cowboys vs. New York Giants||1 p.m. Fox|
|Sunday, December 30||Carolina Panthers vs. New Orleans Saints||1 p.m. Fox|
|Sunday, December 30||New York Jets vs. New England Patriots||1 p.m. CBS|
|Sunday, December 30||Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Houston Texans||1 p.m. CBS|
|Sunday, December 30||Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Packers||1 p.m. Fox|
|Sunday, December 30||Philadelphia Eagles vs. Washington Redskins||4:25 p.m. Fox|
|Sunday, December 30||Los Angeles Chargers vs. Denver Broncos||4:25 p.m. CBS|
|Sunday, December 30||Oakland Raiders vs. Kansas City Chiefs||4:25 p.m. CBS|
|Sunday, December 30||Chicago Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings||4:25 p.m. Fox|
|Sunday, December 30||Cleveland Browns vs. Baltimore Ravens||4:25 p.m. CBS|
|Sunday, December 30||San Francisco 49ers vs. Los Angeles Rams||4:25 p.m. Fox|
|Sunday, December 30||Cincinnati Bengals vs. Pittsburgh Steelers||4:25 p.m. CBS|
|Sunday, December 30||Arizona Cardinals vs. Seattle Seahawks||4:25 p.m. Fox|
|Sunday, December 30||Indianapolis Colts vs. Tennessee Titans||8:20 p.m. NBC|