The depth of the Packers and 49ers will be tested on Week 9’s “Thursday Night Football.”
Injuries and COVID-19 protocols have taken big chunks out of the Green Bay and San Francisco depth charts ahead of their prime-time meeting. The 49ers will be without Jimmy Garoppolo and George Kittle, while the Packers are lacking at least a couple of running backs. Nick Mullens will start against Aaron Rodgers in what looks like a QB mismatch on paper.
This game could come down to unsung heroes, players like Tyler Ervin and Dexter Williams for Green Bay or JaMycal Hasty or Ross Dwelley for the 49ers. It’s easy to expect big things out of Rodgers and Davante Adams yet again, but a poor Green Bay defense will likely either need to shut down a San Francisco offense made up of misfits, or the Packers will need additional offensive contributions from players you may never have heard of.
Below is more about the Week 9 “Thursday Night Football” matchup and how to watch it.
Who plays on Thursday Night Football tonight?
Thursday Night Football continues to be simulcast on Fox and the NFL Network after NFL Network had exclusive TV rights to the games prior to Week 5. No matter which channel you choose, you’ll be listening to Joe Buck (play-by-play) and Troy Aikman (color).
The Packers and 49ers both have a lot to play for, but both are coming off Week 8 losses and dealing with some injury trouble. That leaves this as a game missing some marquee stars that could prove to be unpredictable.
If Green Bay can establish a running game, it’ll likely hold the edge. But if Nick Mullens can perform better than expected, San Francisco could prove to be a tough beat.
What time is the NFL game tonight?
All Thursday night games throughout the 2020 NFL season will start at 8:20 p.m. ET, though the TV viewing options (more on those below) have expanded beginning with Week 5.
The game will be a 7:20 p.m. local start for those watching the game in Green Bay and the Central Time Zone, while locally, it’ll kick off at 5:20 p.m. in California.
Both Green Bay and San Francisco have appeared on prime time already this season to varying degrees of success. It won’t even be the first prime-time appearance for Nick Mullens, who started against the Eagles on Sunday Night Football in Week 4.
What channel is “Thursday Night Football on tonight?
Beginning in Week 5, all “Thursday Night Football” games will broadcast live on cable network Fox in addition to NFL Network. That simulcast setup will be in place through Week 16.
Week 5 is also the beginning of Thursday night broadcasts on Amazon Prime Video. Amazon will likely use this platform as a runway to setup a big bid in the next set of TV rights negotiations.
NFL Network is available via most cable providers in the United States. 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 streams for Thursday night game
With the addition of Fox and Amazon Prime to this week’s broadcast, the streaming options have expanded. Fox Sports Go is now a possibility for cable subscribers, in addition to Amazon Prime and the rest of your possible streaming services outlined here.
Below are all of the live streaming options for “Thursday Night Football” in 2020.
NFL Week 9 schedule
The NFL has a mixed bag of prime-time games in Week 9. Packers-49ers is a marquee matchup with a lot of injuries. Saints-Buccaneers might be a mismatch but features Drew Brees against Tom Brady. And then there’s Patriots-Jets, which might just be unwatchable.
There are some big games to watch Sunday afternoon, too, including Ravens-Colts, Bills-Seahawks, Dolphins-Cardinals and Bears-Titans.
Below is the complete schedule for Week 9 of the 2020 NFL season.
Thursday, Nov. 5
Sunday, Nov. 8
Monday, Nov. 9
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