There is not an NFL Thursday Night Football game on tonight, December 19. There are no more Thursday night games for the remainder of the season as the NFL scheduled a triple-header for Saturday, December 21 as part of the Week 16 schedule. The Week 17 schedule will also not feature any, as all teams will play on Sunday, December 29 when the playoff matchups will be decided.
Saturday’s games are some of the best matchups for Week 16 as five of the teams playing have either made the playoffs or still have a chance to make the postseason. When the NFL originally announced the schedule they highlighted five games that could be flexed to Saturday, December 21. The Detroit Lions-Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders-Los Angeles Chargers were on that list but will remain on Sunday as planned.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers host the Houston Texans to kick off the Week 16 schedule on Saturday at 1 p.m. ET. This is followed by the New England Patriots taking on the Buffalo Bills at 4:30 p.m. in the marquee matchup of the day. The two teams are fighting for the AFC East division title and potentially a first-round bye. Finally, the San Francisco 49ers face the Los Angeles Rams at 8:15 p.m. ET in an NFC West showdown to conclude the triple-header. All games will be televised on NFL Network.
Cowboys-Eagles Highlights Week 16 Schedule
While the league has gone the route of putting three games on Saturday, there is still a solid slate of action on Sunday including the Dallas Cowboys taking on the Philadelphia Eagles. It’s a matchup with major playoff implications that can secure the division title for the road team.
The winner not only becomes the favorite to win the NFC East but if Dallas is victorious, it secures the division title and likely the No. 4 seed in the NFC. Thanks to NFL rules, the Cowboys or Eagles will host a playoff game despite likely having an inferior record to their first-round opponent. The NFC West runner-up is expected to be their opponent as the No. 5 seed, setting up a date with either the 49ers or Seattle Seahawks.
The New Orleans Saints vs. Tennessee Titans and Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings are two additional games featuring teams firmly in the postseason picture. New Orleans is trying to secure one of the top two seeds in the NFC, while the Titans are still in the hunt in the AFC South. The Packers and Vikings are competing for the NFC North title on Monday Night Football to conclude the week’s games. Just two weeks remain in the NFL season as the postseason begins on Saturday, January 4th.
Here is a look at the full NFL Week 16 schedule.
NFL Week 16 Schedule: Saturday, December 21
|Texans vs. Bucs||1 p.m. NFL Network|
|Bills vs. Patriots||4:30 p.m. NFL Network|
|Rams vs. 49ers||8:15 p.m. NFL Network|
NFL Week 16 Schedule: Sunday, December 22
|Jaguars vs. Falcons||1 p.m. Fox|
|Ravens vs. Browns||1 p.m. CBS|
|Saints vs. Titans||1 p.m. Fox|
|Panthers vs. Colts||1 p.m. Fox|
|Bengals vs. Dolphins||1 p.m. CBS|
|Steelers vs. Jets||1 p.m. CBS|
|Giants vs. Redskins||1 p.m. Fox|
|Cowboys vs. Eagles||4:25 p.m. Fox|
|Cardinals vs. Seahawks||4:25 p.m. Fox|
|Chiefs vs. Bears||8:20 p.m. NBC|
NFL Week 16 Schedule: Monday, December 23
|Packers vs. Vikings||8:15 p.m. ESPN|