One of the strangest “Thursday Night Football” games every year comes a week after Thanksgiving. What’s so strange about that? Usually, two of the six teams that played on vacation will face off in Thursday’s second straight game. It’s the only time it happens every year, as Thanksgiving is the only day multiple teams play on Thursdays.
So, both teams come out of equal comfort. As such, there is no competitive comfort advantage to either side. This will make this match strong, as well as improve the health of both teams playing.
The visiting team played at Thanksgiving without the two biggest receivers, but CeeDee Lamb (concussion) looks likely to return this week. This will provide the Cowboys with a bit of a boost. However, they are dealing with a COVID outbreak among their employees, so Mike McCarthy won’t be doing training in this. It might hurt Dallas, especially since they’re playing in a tough spot.
The Superdome has proven to be a hostile environment for opposing teams in recent years. The Saints may be struggling, but they are expected to change quarterbacks and will recover some key pieces from injury when attacking. That includes undoing Alvin Camara, and he could be a team maker in this match.
Below is everything you need to know about the Thursday night game, plus everything you need to know to watch the first game of Week 13 of the 2021 NFL season.
Who’s playing Thursday Night Football tonight?
- the match: Cowboys in Saints
- Location: Caesar’s Superdome in New Orleans, Los Angeles.
The Cowboys (7-4) travel to New Orleans to face the Saints (5-6) on Thursday Night Football in Week 13. Both teams lost on Thanksgiving, as the Cowboys fell in overtime 36-33 against the Raiders while the Saints were bombarded from Before billing 31-6.
Dallas has had one of the league’s best offenses this year, but has lost three of its last four games. The Cowboys’ only win came against the Hawks, and now they’ll have to navigate some tough waters Thursday night.
CeeDee Lamb looks set to return from last week’s concussion, but Amari Cooper (COVID) remains in doubt. Meanwhile, Mike McCarthy and some other members of the coaching staff have tested positive for COVID, and will miss the match. That could be a problem for Dallas depending on the coaches who can play.
The bright side in Dallas is that the Saints have struggled lately. They lost four games in a row and got beaten up during them. The team is hoping that Alvin Camara will be back this week along with the team’s right tackle, Tyrone Armstead. This would give the offense some extra punch.
However, the biggest change can come in the middle position. New Orleans may look to trust Tysum Hill after giving Trevor Simian that spare job after James Winston was injured at the end of the season. Simian struggled hard and Hill struggled to start work while camping. He hasn’t played much in recent weeks due to a foot injury, but if he does play, his movement will make him more of a weapon than Simian.
Both teams need to win here. The Cowboys need one to stay in the race for the top seed and to keep their distance with Washington’s rookie soccer team. Saints need to win to survive in the Wild Card race.
What time is the NFL game tonight?
- dateThursday, December 2
- time8:20 PM ET
The Cowboys vs. Saints at 8:20 p.m. ET. This is the same time that all “Friday Night Football” matches will begin throughout the 2021 NFL season. Coverage of the event’s preliminary game will begin at 7:30 p.m. ET on both the NFL Network and Fox. The NFL Network will also broadcast “TNF First Look” on game day beginning at 3 p.m. ET.
Viewers will be able to watch the game via Amazon Prime or using fuboTV, Which comes with a free seven-day trial.
Meanwhile, viewers in Canada can watch the match on DAZN Free with a 30-day trial.
What channel is “Thursday Night Football” tonight?
“Friday Night Football” will continue to air simultaneously on both Fox and the NFL Network. Both networks will feature a broadcast featuring Joe Buck and Troy Aikman on the call, and that will continue for the remainder of the 2021 NFL season. Viewers will also be able to stream the game using Amazon Prime.
Most cable providers in the United States carry the NFL network. It is also available via the DirecTV satellite provider (channels 212 and 1212), IPTV providers Verizon FiOS (channels 88 and 588), and Google Fiber (channel 2019).
NFL Thursday Night Game Live Streaming
Viewers will be able to watch “Saturday Night Football” for free with a cable subscription using either the NFL app or the Yahoo! Mathematical application. You must enter your cable/satellite subscription credentials to access it.
Meanwhile, wire cutters will have plenty of options for watching Cowboys vs. Saints. They are as follows.
|Running option||Cable subscription required?||free?||cost||Free trial?|
|Hey ho! sports app||No||Yes||–||–|
|fuboTV||No||No||60 dollars / month||Yes|
|Hulu Plus Live TV||No||No||55 dollars / month||Yes|
|YouTube TV||No||No||65 dollars / month||Yes|
NFL Week 13 schedule
The Saints vs Cowboys will start week 13 of the NFL action. Both teams played in action and lost, at Thanksgiving as the Cowboys fell into overtime against raiders and Saints who were blown away by the Bills. New Orleans plans to start Taysom Hill this week – if it’s healthy – so that changes things a little bit for them.
Other primetime games in Week 13 will have some interesting team clashes. The Broncos are set to take on the Chiefs in a “Sunday Night Football” game that was dissuaded in prime time before the Seahawks-49ers. The Chiefs (7-4) lead the other three teams in the AFC West by one game and will look to maintain that path as the Broncos battle for their first win in their last 11 attempts against The Chiefs.
“Monday Night Football” will feature the Patriots and Bills playing in Buffalo. This game will determine which team has the inside track for first place in the East Asian region, although there are two Patriots-Bales games left this year.
Elsewhere, the Cardinals return from farewell to face the Bears as the Lions search 0-10-1 for their first home win against the Vikings.
Below is the complete schedule for Week 13 of the 2021 NFL season.
|Game||start time||TV channel|
|Cowboys in Saints||8:20 PM ET||Fox/NFLN/Amazon|
|Game||start time||TV channel|
|Giants in dolphins||1 p.m. Eastern time||Fox|
|Ponies in Texas||1 p.m. Eastern time||CBS|
|Vikings in Lions||1 p.m. Eastern time||CBS|
|Eagles in planes||1 p.m. Eastern time||CBS|
|Cardinals in Beers||1 p.m. Eastern time||Fox|
|Chargers in Bengals||1 p.m. Eastern time||Fox|
|pirates in hawks||1 p.m. Eastern time||Fox|
|Washington football team in Raiders||4:05 p.m. ET||Fox|
|Jaguar in Rams||4:25 p.m. ET||CBS|
|Ravens at the Steelers||4:25 p.m. ET||CBS|
|49ers at Seahawks||4:25 p.m. ET||CBS|
|Broncos in heads||8:20 PM ET||NBC|
|Game||start time||TV channel|
|Patriots in Bells||8:15 PM ET||ESPN|