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Who plays on ‘Thursday Night Football’ tonight? Time, TV channel, schedule for NFL Week 14



Every “Thursday Night Football” game for the rest of the season is going to have a massive impact on the Wild Card races in both the AFC and NFC. The Week 14 matchup will be no exception.

This week, we’re getting an interconference matchup between an AFC North and NFC North team. Both are in the thick of the Wild Card races.

The AFC North team, the Steelers, is closer to getting in than the NFC North team, the Vikings. Pittsburgh is coming off a 20-19 win over the Ravens during which they came from behind to surprisingly beat their divisional rival. Rumors about Ben Roethlisberger’s future are starting to swirl, but he is focused on taking things “one game at a time” moving forward.

As for the Vikings, they are coming off a heartbreaking loss at the hands of the Lions. Detroit entered the game with an 0-11-1 record, so the defeat was particularly demoralizing for Minnesota, especially since it was of the last-second variety. Mike Zimmer’s seat is starting to warm up, so he needs a win here to cool things off and quell concerns about his future with the Vikings.

Below is everything to know about Thursday night’s matchup, plus everything you need to know to watch the first Week 14 game of the 2021 NFL season.

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Who plays on ‘Thursday Night Football’ tonight?

  • Matchup: Steelers at Vikings
  • Location: U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn.

The Steelers (6-5-1) are traveling to Minnesota to face the Vikings (5-7) on “Thursday Night Football” in Week 14. This game will prove crucial in determining whether each team can emerge in its respective Wild Card race.

Pittsburgh is coming off an unexpected win over the Ravens in a bitter rivalry game. It came down to a two-point conversion attempt from John Harbaugh’s Ravens, but Lamar Jackson and Mark Andrews couldn’t connect on the pass, so to say the 20-19 game was close is an understatement.

Still, the Steelers defense came to life and limited Jackson and the Ravens’ offense all day. T.J. Watt racked up three-and-a-half of the Steelers’ seven sacks and he will be asked to generate similar pressure against Kirk Cousins and the Vikings.

If Pittsburgh’s win over the Ravens was a surprise, Minnesota’s loss to Detroit was shocking. The Vikings were favored by a touchdown in that game but allowed Jared Goff to complete a game-winning drive in 1:50 to give the Lions their first win of the season.

The Vikings are without Dalvin Cook in this game while wide receiver Adam Thielen suffered a high-ankle sprain in Week 13. As such, they will likely be limited offensively, but the biggest potential absence might be that of their left tackle Christian Darrisaw. If he can’t play, Watt and Co. will have every opportunity to pressure Cousins and force him into mistakes.

Entering Thursday’s game, the Steelers are the No. 8 seed in the AFC and can jump into the No. 6 spot in the AFC Wild Card race with a victory, at least until Sunday. The Vikings, meanwhile, are currently the No. 9 seed in the NFC and will only be able to tie the Eagles for eighth place in the NFC with a victory.

What time is the NFL game tonight?

  • Date: Thursday, Dec. 9
  • Time: 8:20 p.m. ET

The Steelers vs. Vikings game will begin at 8:20 p.m. ET. All “Thursday Night Football” games will kick off at that same time throughout the 2021 NFL season. Pregame coverage of the contest will begin at 7:30 p.m. ET on both NFL Network and Fox. NFL Network will also air “TNF First Look” on game day starting at 3 p.m. ET.

Streamers will be able to watch the game via Amazon Prime or by using fuboTV, which comes with a seven-day free trial.

Meanwhile, viewers in Canada can watch the game on DAZN free with a 30-day trial.

What channel is ‘Thursday Night Football’ on tonight?

“Thursday Night Football” has been simulcast on both Fox and NFL Network for most of the season. That won’t change again in 2021. Each network will continue to show the broadcast featuring Joe Buck and Troy Aikman on the call for the rest of the season. Viewers will also be able to stream the game using Amazon Prime. 

Most United States cable providers carry the NFL Network. It also is available via satellite provider DirecTV (channels 212 and 1212) and IPTV providers Verizon FiOS (channels 88 and 588) and Google Fiber (channel 2019).

NFL live stream for Thursday night game

Streamers will be able to view “Thursday Night Football” for free with a cable subscription by using either the NFL App or the Yahoo! Sports App. You must enter cable/satellite subscription credentials to access it.

Meanwhile, cord-cutters will have plenty of options to watch Steelers vs. Vikings. They are as follows.

Streaming option Cable subscription needed? Free? Cost Free trial?
NFL App No Yes
Yahoo! Sports App No Yes
DirecTV Stream No No $69.99/month No
fuboTV No No $60/month Yes
Hulu Plus Live TV No No $55/month Yes
Sling TV No No $30/month Yes
YouTube TV No No $65/month Yes

NFL Week 14 schedule

The Steelers vs. Vikings game will kickstart the NFL’s Week 14 action. Both teams are in the thick of the AFC and NFC Wild Card races but desperately need victories to avoid falling behind in the logjam of potential playoff teams vying for the Nos. 5 through 7 seeds.

The two other prime-time games in Week 14 will be divisional matchups. The “Monday Night Football” battle between the Rams and Cardinals looks like the better of the two, and it may, perhaps, be the game of the week. The Cardinals can take a commanding three-game lead in the NFC West with a win over Los Angeles, so both teams will come amped up as they look to lock up — or stay in — the division race.

“Sunday Night Football” will feature the historic Packers-Bears rivalry. Green Bay certainly has the advantage in that contest, as they’re coming off a bye and have Aaron Rodgers at quarterback.

Below is the full schedule for Week 14 of the 2021 NFL season.

Week 14

Game Kickoff time TV channel
Steelers at Vikings 8:20 p.m. ET Fox/NFLN/Amazon
Game Kickoff time TV channel
Cowboys at Washington Football Team 1 p.m. ET Fox
49ers at Bengals 1 p.m. ET CBS
Jaguars at Titans 1 p.m. ET CBS
Seahawks at Texans 1 p.m. ET Fox
Raiders at Chiefs 1 p.m. ET CBS
Saints at Jets 1 p.m. ET Fox
Falcons at Panthers 1 p.m. ET Fox
Ravens at Browns 1 p.m. ET CBS
Giants at Chargers 4:05 p.m. ET Fox
Lions at Broncos 4:05 p.m. ET Fox
Bills at Buccaneers 4:25 p.m. ET CBS
Bears at Packers 8:20 p.m. ET NBC
Game Kickoff time TV channel
Rams at Cardinals 8:15 p.m. ET ESPN



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