Thursday Night Football 2011: TV Schedule, Announcers and Live Stream Info

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Thursday Night Football 2011: TV Schedule, Announcers and Live Stream Info
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Ray Lewis and the Baltimore Ravens will be showcased on Thursday Night Football in Week 12.

By now, you're probably used to waiting five whole days in between NFL games. And if you're like me, those five days can be pretty torturous.

The good news is that five-day wait is now gone. Thursday Night Football begins its schedule this week, and it will carry us all the way through Week 16. There will be an NFL game every Thursday, as well as a bonus game on a Saturday in December.

If you want more information concerning Thursday Night Football, you've come to the right place. You'll find everything you need to know below. 

 

TV: All games on NFL Network.

Time: Thursdays at 8:20 p.m. ET

Live Streaming: Live audio streaming is available via NFL.com ($9.99 minimum payment).

 

How to Watch NFL Network

All you have to do is point your eyes at your television and keep them open, blinking as needed.

If you need to find NFL Network before you do that, head on over to the network's website and punch in your area code and TV provider. You will then be told which numbers to punch into your remote.

 

Announcers

Brad Nessler will handle the play-by-play, with Mike Mayock serving as the color analyst. You'll recognize Nessler's voice from college sports, as he has primarily handled college basketball and college football games for ESPN. Mayock is an NFL Network regular, and he has also done some analyst work for NBC.

 

 

Hottest Games This Season

Week Date Matchup
 Week 10  Thursday, Nov. 10  Oakland Raiders at San Diego Chargers
 Week 12  Thursday, Nov. 24  San Francisco 49ers at Baltimore Ravens
 Week 15  Saturday, Dec. 17   Dallas Cowboys at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

 

Between now and the end of the season, there are going to be eight Thursday Night Football games, one of which will actually be played on a Saturday.

Of the bunch, there are three matchups in particular that demand special attention.

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The first of these also happens to be the first TNF game of the season between the Oakland Raiders and the San Diego Chargers. Both teams have fallen on hard times in recent weeks, but the winner of Thursday night's contest will be in first place in the AFC West, possibly for good.

On Thanksgiving, the nightcap of a three-game slate will be a matchup between arguably the two best defensive teams in football in the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens. It's going to be a showdown between Jim and John Harbaugh, and you can expect to see an old-school football game.

In Week 15, the Dallas Cowboys and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will meet on a Saturday in a game that could have huge playoff implications for both teams. Neither team looks like a division winner, but they are both very much in the chase for a wild card berth.

 

Full Schedule

Week Date Matchup
 Week 10  Thursday, Nov. 10  Oakland Raiders at San Diego Chargers
 Week 11  Thursday, Nov. 17  New York Jets at Denver Broncos
 Week 12  Thursday, Nov. 24  San Francisco 49ers at Baltimore Ravens
 Week 13  Thursday, Dec. 1  Philadelphia Eagles at Seattle Seahawks
 Week 14  Thursday, Dec. 8  Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers
 Week 15  Thursday, Dec. 15  Jacksonville Jaguars at Atlanta Falcons
 Week 15*  Saturday, Dec. 17  Dallas Cowboys at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
 Week 16  Thursday, Dec. 22  Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts

 

That just about does it, folks. Now you have no excuse to miss out on any of the action. And for that, you are welcome.

 

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