Who plays on 'Thursday Night Football' tonight? Time, TV channel, schedule for NFL Week 4

Who plays on 'Thursday Night Football' tonight? Time, TV channel, schedule for NFL Week 4

Amazon Prime has treated NFL fans to two competitive “Thursday Night Football” games since the streaming service’s broadcast first aired in Week 2.

Now, Amazon is set to deliver another great-looking contest that will feature one of the most compelling narratives of NFL Week 4.

The Bengals are set to host the Dolphins to kickstart Week 4. Cincinnati is the reigning AFC champion, but it enters this game with a losing record. Meanwhile, Miami is undefeated and is looking to earn another signature win after knocking off the Bills in Week 3.

Miami’s performance through three weeks has everyone ready to jump on the Mike McDaniel hype train. Can Zac Taylor and the Bengals knock the rookie head coach off his pedestal, or will the buzz surrounding the young offensive wunderkind only continue to grow?

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Here’s everything to know about the Dolphins-Bengals contest ahead of Amazon’s Thursday night NFL broadcast.

Who plays on Thursday Night Football tonight?

  • Matchup: Dolphins at Bengals
  • Location: Paycor Stadium in Cincinnati

The Bengals vs. Dolphins contest is the first non-divisional matchup of Amazon Prime’s “Thursday Night Football” package. The two AFC squads will face off in a battle between last year’s conference champion and the lone AFC unbeaten remaining in 2022.

The Dolphins (3-0) have gotten off to a fast start under new head coach Mike McDaniel. They are one of two undefeated teams in the NFL along with the Eagles and are fresh off a 21-19 win over the Super Bowl favorite Bills.

Miami has shown a lot more on offense under McDaniel than it did during Brian Flores’ time with the team. The addition of Tyreek Hill has given Tua Tagovailoa another great weapon alongside Jaylen Waddle, and that has made them one of the league’s most potent offensive attacks to date. Their defense is strong too, so Miami looks like a threatening team at this time.

Meanwhile, the Bengals (1-2) got off to a slow start in 2022. They suffered a “Super Bowl hangover” of sorts, losing each of their first two games against the Steelers and Cowboys before beating the Jets in Week 3.

Cincinnati’s offensive line has continued to be a problem despite numerous offseason upgrades. Joe Burrow has been sacked 15 times in three games, putting him on pace to be sacked 85 times during the season. That would be an NFL record by a wide margin.

Still, the Bengals have strong offensive weaponry with Burrow, Joe Mixon, Ja’Marr Chase, Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd, so their offense should eventually take a step forward.

What time is the NFL game tonight?

  • Date: Thursday, Sept. 8
  • Time: 8:15 p.m. ET

The Bengals vs. Dolphins game will kick off at 8:15 p.m. ET on Thursday. That is the same time that every “Thursday Night Football” game on Amazon is set to begin in 2022.

Both Cincinnati and Miami are in the Eastern time zone, so the local kickoff time in those cities will be at 8:15 p.m. ET.

MORE: Why is ‘Thursday Night Football’ only on Amazon in 2022? 

What channel is Thursday Night Football on tonight?

  • TV channel (Miami):  WSFL (Channel 39)
  • TV channel (Cincinnati): WCPO (Channel 9)
  • Live stream: Amazon Prime Video | DAZN (in Canada)

Amazon Prime Video is the official home of “Thursday Night Football” for the foreseeable future. The streaming service signed an 11-year agreement with the NFL to broadcast Thursday night games, so national viewers will have to have an Amazon Prime subscription to watch those contests for the next decade.

That said, those in the Miami and Cincinnati TV markets will be able to catch the games on local television networks. The Miami market can catch the game on CW affiliate WSFL while the Cincinnati market will be able to view it on ABC affiliate WCPO.

Amazon’s broadcast will feature plenty of familiar faces to football fans with Al Michaels on the play-by-play and Kirk Herbstreit serving as the game analysts. They are joined by Kaylee Hartung on the sidelines and a studio crew consisting of veteran host Charissa Thompson and former players like Tony Gonzalez, Richard Sherman and Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Viewers in Canada will be able to watch the game on DAZN.

NFL live stream for Thursday night game

  • Live stream: Amazon Prime

If you want to watch “Thursday Night Football” in 2022, you are going to need a subscription to Amazon Prime. It will be the exclusive streaming home of “TNF” for the next 11 years, and the games will only be broadcast on over-the-air TV in the local markets of the participating teams.

MORE: Complete guide to watching ‘TNF’ broadcasts on Amazon in 2022

NFL schedule Week 4

Bengals vs. Dolphins will be a good way to kickstart NFL Week 4, as it will be one of the most interesting games of the week. There are plenty of other intriguing games in Week 4, too, and that includes the NFL’s first overseas game of the 2022 season.

The Vikings and Saints will travel to England for the NFL’s first London game of the 2022 NFL season. Minnesota is off to a 2-1 start while New Orleans is 1-2; each is dealing with a key injury on offense, as Vikings running back Dalvin Cook is day-to-day with a shoulder problem while Saints receiver Michael Thomas suffered a foot injury against the Panthers.

After that, NFL fans will be treated to two good-looking prime-time games. The first on “Sunday Night Football” will be a rematch of Super Bowl 55 between the Chiefs and Buccaneers. Tom Brady and Tampa Bay throttled Patrick Mahomes and Co. 31-9 in that game, so Kansas City will be out for revenge. 

Meanwhile, “Monday Night Football” will feature an NFC championship game rematch between the Rams and 49ers. Los Angeles has started the season 2-1 after winning the Super Bowl while the 49ers sit at 1-2 and will have Jimmy Garoppolo make his second 2022 start in place of the injured Trey Lance.

Another standout game on the Week 4 slate will be the Bills vs. Ravens game at 1 p.m. ET on CBS. Josh Allen and Lamar Jackson are both playing at an MVP level, and this head-to-head matchup will help determine where each ranks in the early-season race for the award. 

Below is the full schedule for Week 4 of the 2022 NFL season.

Week 4

  • Thursday, Sept. 29
GameKickoff timeTV channel
Dolphins vs. Bengals8:15 p.m. ETAmazon
  • Sunday, Oct. 2
GameKickoff timeTV channel
Vikings vs. Saints (London)9:30 a.m. ETNFL Network
Browns vs. Falcons1 p.m. ETCBS
Bills vs. Ravens1 p.m. ETCBS
Commanders vs. Cowboys1 p.m. ETFox
Seahawks vs. Lions1 p.m. ETFox
Chargers vs. Texans1 p.m. ETCBS
Titans vs. Colts1 p.m. ETFox
Bears vs. Giants1 p.m. ETFox
Jaguars vs. Eagles1 p.m. ETCBS
Jets vs. Steelers1 p.m. ETCBS
Cardinals vs. Panthers4:05 p.m. ETFox
Patriots vs. Packers4:25 p.m. ETCBS
Broncos vs. Raiders4:25 p.m. ETCBS
Chiefs vs. Buccaneers8:20 p.m. ETNBC
  • Monday, Oct. 3
GameKickoff timeTV channel
Rams vs. 49ers8:15 p.m. ETESPN

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