NFL Network debuts 2021 ‘Thursday Night Football’ Season tonight with NFC East Rivalry

Giants-Washington EXCLUSIVELY on NFL Network Thursday at 8:20 PM ET

‘NFL GameDay Kickoff’ at 6:00 PM ET –

Michael Irvin 1-on-1 w/ New York Giants WR Sterling Shepard

Pregame Coverage Starts with ‘TNF First Look’ at 3:00 PM ET

The 2021 Thursday Night Football Presented by Bud Light Platinum season kicks off Thursday, September 16 when reigning Defensive Rookie of the Year Chase Young and the Washington Football Team host running back Saquon Barkley and the New York Giants in an NFC East divisional matchup at 8:20 PM ET EXCLUSIVELY on NFL Network.

Giants-Washington will also be available on local broadcast stations in New York (WNBC) and Washington (WTTG). Fans can also stream the game through NFL digital properties across devices (, the NFL app and NFL Network app), NFL Network distributors’ apps and sites, and on phones via Yahoo Sports and the Giants and Washington mobile properties. Live game audio of Thursday Night Football will be broadcast nationally by Westwood One, and carried on SiriusXM and TuneIn. For a full listing of Thursday Night Football viewing options, fans can visit

FOX Sports’ lead play-by-play announcer Joe Buck, and Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback and FOX Sports’ lead analyst Troy Aikman, along with sideline reporters Erin Andrews and Kristina Pink call the action from Landover. Additionally, FOX’s NFL Rules expert Mike Pereira joins to give explanations on officiating and rules throughout the game.

NFL Network’s pregame coverage begins at 3:00 PM ET with TNF First Look hosted by Andrew Siciliano.

At 6:00 PM ET on NFL Network, NFL GameDay Kickoff previews the Giants-Washington matchup with host Colleen Wolfe and analysts Joe ThomasSteve Smith Sr. and Michael Irvin.

Among the topics discussed this week on NFL GameDay Kickoff include:

  • Michael Irvin sits down with New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard
  • Joe Thomas offers his All-Pro insight on what makes Washington Football Team defensive end Chase Young so unstoppable
  • Michael Irvin explains what is missing from New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley in Week 1 and how he can get back on track against Washington
  • Steve Smith Sr. and Joe Thomas discuss whether it’s time for patience or panic after some playoff hopefuls fell in Week 1

At halftime, Wolfe, Thomas, Smith Sr. and Irvin break down the first half. Immediately following the game, the postgame show airs with Wolfe, Thomas, Smith Sr. and Irvin joined by a star of the game. Additional postgame coverage continues at 12 Midnight ET on NFL Network.


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