NFL Network gets an expanded 13-game schedule of Thursday Night Football this season, and it kicks off on Sept. 13 with an old-school NFC North rivalry between the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. The Packers have won the past four meetings (including playoffs) against Chicago, but the Pack’s Week 1 loss to the 49ers revealed some defensive weaknesses the Bears could exploit. The Bears are coming off a 41-21 win over the Colts, and the offense looked strong with quarterback Jay Cutler, wide receiver Brandon Marshall, and running backs Matt Forte and Michael Bush leading the way.
Other highlights of the Thursday night schedule include a Week 3 matchup with Eli Manning and the N.Y. Giants at Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers, an NFC West matchup between Seattle and San Francisco in Week 7, and a Week 13 matchup between the New Orleans Saints and the Atlanta Falcons that could have NFC South playoff implications.
Play-by-play announcer Brad Nessler and analyst Mike Mayock return to the Thursday Night Football booth and are joined by sideline reporter Alex Flanagan.
Note: Fans without NFL Network will still be able to see their local team on a broadcast network. See below the schedule for local stations carrying the Thursday Night Football broadcasts.
2012 NFL NETWORK THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL TV SCHEDULE
All Times Eastern.
Thursday, Sept. 13
Chicago at Green Bay, 8:20pm (NFL Network)
Thursday, Sept. 20
N.Y. Giants at Carolina, 8:20pm (NFL Network)
Thursday, Sept. 27
Cleveland at Baltimore, 8:20pm (NFL Network)
Thursday, Oct. 4
Arizona at St. Louis, 8:20pm (NFL Network)
Thursday, Oct. 11
Pittsburgh at Tennessee, 8:20pm (NFL Network)
Thursday, Oct. 18
Seattle at San Francisco, 8:20pm (NFL Network)
Thursday, Oct. 25
Tampa Bay at Minnesota, 8:20pm (NFL Network)
Thursday, Nov. 1
Kansas City at San Diego, 8:20pm (NFL Network)
Thursday, Nov. 8
Indianapolis at Jacksonville, 8:20pm (NFL Network)
Thursday, Nov. 15
Miami at Buffalo, 8:20pm (NFL Network)
Thursday, Nov. 29
New Orleans at Atlanta, 8:20pm (NFL Network)
Thursday, Dec. 6
Denver at Oakland, 8:20pm (NFL Network)
Thursday, Dec. 13
Cincinnati at Philadelphia, 8:20pm (NFL Network)
From NFL Network’s Press Release:
THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL LOCAL OVER-THE-AIR SYNDICATION
NFL Network games will be carried on over-the-air television in the city of the visiting team and in the city where the game is played if it is sold out 72 hours in advance of kickoff.
All telecasts will use NFL Network announcers, graphics and full production elements. Games are syndicated on an over-the-air station per the NFL’s long-standing policy dating back to 1987.
Brad Nessler (Play-by-Play); Mike Mayock (Analyst); Alex Flanagan (Sideline)
Week 2: Chicago Bears (My50 Chicago, WPWR) @ Green Bay Packers (NBC Ch. 26 Green Bay; FOX Ch.6 Milwaukee)
Week 3: New York Giants (CW Ch. 11, WPIX) @ Carolina Panthers (ABC Ch. 9, WSOC)
Week 4: Cleveland Browns (NBC Ch. 3, WKYC) @ Baltimore Ravens (NBC Ch. 11, WBAL)
Week 5: Arizona Cardinals (CBS Ch. 5, KPHO) @ St. Louis Rams (CW Ch. 11, KPLR)
Week 6: Pittsburgh Steelers (CW Ch. 19, WPCW) @ Tennessee Titans (FOX Ch. 17, WZTV)
Week 7: Seattle Seahawks (Independent Ch. 16, KONG) @ San Francisco 49ers (ABC Ch. 7, KGO)
Week 8: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Independent Ch. 32, WMOR) @ Minnesota Vikings(NBC Ch. 11, KARE)
Week 9: Kansas City Chiefs (MyNetworkTV, KSMO) @ San Diego Chargers (CBS Ch. 8, KFMB)
Week 10: Indianapolis Colts (NBC Ch. 13, WTHR) @ Jacksonville Jaguars (Independent Ch. 4, WJXT)
Week 11: Miami Dolphins (MyNetworkTV Ch. 32, WBFS) @ Buffalo Bills (Me-TV, WBBZ)
Week 13: New Orleans Saints (FOX Ch. 8, WVUE) @ Atlanta Falcons (CW Ch. 69, WUPA)
Week 14: Denver Broncos (CBS Ch. 4, KCNC) @ Oakland Raiders (ABC Ch. 7, KGO)
Week 15: Cincinnati Bengals (CBS Ch. 12, WKRC) @ Philadelphia Eagles (ABC Ch. 6, WPVI)