2019 Thursday Night Football Season Kicks Off with Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers

BuccaneersPanthers EXCLUSIVELY on NFL Network Thursday at 8:20 PM ET

The 2019 Thursday Night Football Presented by Bud Light season kicks off Thursday, September 12 when wide receiver Mike Evans and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers travel to face quarterback Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers in an NFC South divisional matchup at 8:20 PM ET EXCLUSIVELY on NFL Network.

Buccaneers-Panthers will also be available on local broadcast stations in Tampa (WMOR) and Charlotte (WJZY). Fans can also stream the game through NFL digital properties across devices (NFL.com and the NFL app), NFL Network distributors’ apps and sites, and on phones via Yahoo Sports and the Buccaneers and Panthers mobile properties. Live game audio of Thursday Night Football will be broadcast nationally by Westwood One, and carried on SiriusXM and the TuneIn app. For a full listing of Thursday Night Football viewing options, fans can visit NFL.com/watch.

Play-by-play announcer Joe Buck and analyst Troy Aikman, along with sideline reporters Erin Andrews and Kristina Pink call the action from Charlotte. Additionally, FOX’S NFL Rules expert Mike Pereira joins to give explanations on officiating and rules throughout the game.

At 6:00 PM ET on NFL Network, NFL GameDay Kickoff previews the Buccaneers-Panthers matchup from Charlotte, with host Colleen Wolfe and analysts Joe ThomasSteve Smith Sr. and Michael Irvin live from inside Bank of America Stadium. Outside the stadium, host Andrew Siciliano and analyst Steve Mariucci join for additional coverage leading up to kickoff.

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

  • Is quarterback Cam Newton’s shoulder healthy and will he lead the Carolina Panthers back to the playoffs?
  • Will Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians be able to turn Jameis Winston into a franchise quarterback?
  • Steve Smith Sr. gives a young fan a day he’ll never forget

At halftime, Wolfe, Thomas, Smith Sr. and Irvin break down the first half. Immediately following the game, the postgame show airs from Bank of America Stadium with Wolfe, Thomas, Smith Sr. and Irvin joined by a star of the game live on-set.

Additional postgame coverage continues at 12 Midnight ET on NFL Total Access from Los Angeles with Scott HansonLindsay RhodesWillie McGinestJames Jones and David Carr. Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff joins the show.

On Thursday at 6:00 PM ETNFL GameDay View streams on NFL.com with Andrew HawkinsCynthia Frelund and Gregg Rosenthal previewing Week 2. Hawkins and Rosenthal give their picks on which teams will win in Week 2, while Frelund provides her Week 2 projections. This edition of NFL GameDay View re-airs on Saturday at 8:00 AM and Midnight ET on NFL Network.

New for this season, as fans get ready to watch the game they can also enter the free-to-play TNF Super 6 game for their chance to win guaranteed cash prizes within the FOX Sports Super 6 app.


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