Who plays on 'Thursday Night Football' tonight? Time, TV channel, schedule for NFL Week 6

Who plays on 'Thursday Night Football' tonight? Time, TV channel, schedule for NFL Week 6

If you thought that the Colts vs. Broncos “Thursday Night Football” matchup was hard to watch, just wait until you see what the NFL has in store for us in Week 6.

A week after the two low-ranking AFC offenses fought to 12-9 overtime finish with zero touchdowns scored, Amazon Prime Video has a matchup of two low-ranking NFC offenses teed up for Week 4.

It will be the Commanders and Bears that face off on the short week. The two teams will ultimately battle for what will likely amount to draft positioning.

The Bears have actually exceeded the expectations of most to begin the season. They have logged a couple of wins, including one over the 49ers. Meanwhile, the Commanders are on a losing skid and will look to bounce back from a tough, four-point loss to the Titans during which Carson Wentz threw a goal-line pick at the end of regulation.

Which team has the edge in this matchup? It’s tough to say, but this figures to be another defensive struggle on Thursday night.

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

Who plays on Thursday Night Football tonight?

  • Matchup: Commanders at Bears
  • Location: Soldier Field in Chicago

The Bears vs. Commanders matchup is set for Amazon Prime’s “Thursday Night Football” package in Week 6. The two NFC squads have a combined record of 3-7 and are more likely to compete for a top pick in the 2023 NFL Draft than they are to fight for a playoff berth.

Chicago (2-3) has won twice in 2022, but its wins came over the 49ers in a monsoon and against the Texans, where it needed a late Davis Mills interception to seal a victory. For the most part, the team has struggled on offense and has relied on its solid defense to keep it in games.

Justin Fields has a passer rating of 73.1 to date. That’s the second-lowest passer rating in the NFL ahead of only Baker Mayfield (71.9). Meanwhile, the Bears’ offense is generating just 274 yards and 17.2 points per game. Those rank second-worst and fifth-worst in the NFL respectively.

Of course, the Commanders (1-4) haven’t fared much better this year. They are on a four-game losing skid and are averaging just 18 points per game, the seventh-fewest in the NFL. So, one should expect a low-scoring game.

That said, Washington has a better offense than Chicago. Carson Wentz takes a lot of sacks, but he has generated 10 touchdown passes and ranks 17th in passer rating with a mark of 86.

The problem with the Commanders is their defense. It is allowing 25.6 points per game this season, good for the fifth-most in the NFL, and has struggled frequently with communication problems in the secondary. That could allow Fields to make some big, downfield plays, something that he hasn’t been able to do against better competition.

These two teams may not be great on paper, but they are evenly matched. That will make this battle at least somewhat intriguing, though it could quickly turn into a repeat of Colts-Broncos if the offenses don’t show up.

What time is the NFL game tonight?

  • Date: Thursday, Oct. 13
  • Time: 8:15 p.m. ET (7:15 p.m. CT)

The Bears vs. Commanders game will kick off at 8:15 p.m. ET on Thursday. Every NFL “Thursday Night Football” game broadcast on Amazon is set to begin at that time during the 2022 season.

Since Chicago is located in the Central time zone, local kickoff time for the game will actually be at 7:15 p.m. 

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What channel is Thursday Night Football on tonight?

  • TV channel (Chicago): WFLD (Channel 32)
  • TV channel (Washington D.C.): WTTG (Channel 5)
  • Live stream: Amazon Prime Video | DAZN (in Canada)

The NFL sold its “Thursday Night Football” broadcasting rights to Amazon Prime Video as part of an 11-year agreement with the streaming service. As such, national viewers of the Bears-Commanders game will have to have an Amazon Prime subscription to watch the contest.

That said, those in the Chicago and Washington, D.C. TV markets will be able to watch the games on local television networks. The Chicago market can watch the game on Fox affiliate WFLD while the Washington market will be able to catch it on D.C.’s Fox affiliate, too.

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 analyst. 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.

NFL schedule Week 6

The Commanders vs. Bears game will mark an inauspicious start to Week 6, but it will set up fans for a  quality NFL Sunday.

There are two games on Sunday that will attract a lot of attention. The first will be the rematch of the Bills vs. Chiefs AFC Championship Game from last season, which is regarded as one of the most exciting postseason games ever played. Buffalo and MVP frontrunner Josh Allen will be looking to avenge the Bills’ loss at the hands of Kansas City and another MVP candidate Patrick Mahomes.

After that game — which will be the lone one kicking off at 4:25 p.m. ET — the Cowboys (4-1) will face the Eagles (5-0) with first place in the NFC East on the line. The Cowboys are on a four-game winning streak with Cooper Rush while the Eagles earned their fifth consecutive win over Arizona in Week 5. The two teams are deep, talented and have strong defenses that should provide a nice test for each opposing quarterback. 

Finally, “Monday Night Football” will feature a battle between AFC West foes Denver and Los Angeles. The Broncos are coming off a 12-9 loss on “Thursday Night Football,” and Nathaniel Hackett will need to perform better to get his team on track in this one. This contest could be an interesting one given the unpredictability of Hackett and Brandon Staley when it comes to fourth-down play-calling.

Below is the full schedule for Week 6 of the 2022 NFL season.

Week 6

  • Thursday, Oct. 13
GameKickoff timeTV channel
Commanders vs. Bears8:15 p.m. ETAmazon
  • Sunday, Oct. 16
GameKickoff timeTV channel
49ers vs. Falcons1 p.m. ETFox
Patriots vs. Browns1 p.m. ETCBS
Jets vs. Packers1 p.m. ETFox
Jaguars vs. Colts1 p.m. ETCBS
Vikings vs. Dolphins1 p.m. ETFox
Bengals vs. Saints1 p.m. ETCBS
Ravens vs. Giants1 p.m. ETCBS
Buccaneers vs. Steelers1 p.m. ETFox
Panthers vs. Rams4:05 p.m. ETFox
Cardinals vs. Seahawks4:05 p.m. ETFox
Bills vs. Chiefs4:25 p.m. ETCBS
Cowboys vs. Eagles8:20 p.m. ETNBC
  • Monday, Oct. 17
GameKickoff timeTV channel
Broncos vs. Chargers8:15 p.m. ETESPN

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