Just a few weeks ago, the “Thursday Night Football” matchup for Week 7 looked like a matchup between two potential playoff teams. Now, it looks like a battle of two teams that are fighting for their respective playoff lives.
The two AFC teams squaring off on Thursday are dealing with some serious injury problems. One of the teams had 20 players on its initial injury report for the week and both squads are dealing with quarterback injuries.
As such, Thursday night’s contest may not be about which side is better as a whole. It will be about which side is healthier. Right now, that looks like the Broncos, but perhaps the Browns will get some good news on the injury front as kickoff approaches.
Below is everything to know about Thursday night’s matchup, plus everything you need to know to watch the first Week 7 game of the 2021 NFL season.
Who plays on ‘Thursday Night Football’ tonight?
- Matchup: Broncos at Browns
- Location: FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio
The Broncos are traveling to Cleveland to face the Browns and open Week 7 of the 2021 NFL season. Denver is coming off three consecutive losses after winning its first three games of the season, so they’re hoping for a bounce back on a short week.
That may not be easy. Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is dealing with a foot injury, so the Broncos will have to make a decision on his status. They can either roll with him moving forward or trust Drew Lock to start in his place against Cleveland.
While that decision will prove critical for the Broncos, the Browns have many more tough ones they are facing. They had 20 players listed on their initial injury report this week and will be without their top two running backs — Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt — in this one.
They will also be without starting quarterback Baker Mayfield. He was attempting to play through a shoulder labrum that is “completely torn,” but the Browns aren’t letting him do that on a short week. Instead, they’ll turn to Case Keenum, who will make his first start since the 2019 season in Washington.
Between Keenum starting and Denver’s quarterback situation being unsettled, this game could get unpredictable.
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What time is the NFL game tonight?
- Date: Thursday, Oct. 21
- Time: 8:20 p.m. ET
The Browns vs. Broncos game will kick off at 8:20 p.m. ET, the same time as all “Thursday Night Football” contests throughout the season. Pregame coverage of the event will begin at 7:30 p.m. ET on both NFL Network and Fox. NFL Network will also air “TNF First Look” on game day starting at 3 p.m. ET for those eager for the first Week 7 matchup to begin.
Streamers will be able to watch the game via Amazon Prime or by using fuboTV, which comes with a seven-day free trial.
Meanwhile, viewers in Canada can watch the game on DAZN free with a 30-day trial.
What channel is ‘Thursday Night Football’ on tonight?
- TV channels: Fox | NFL Network
- Live stream: Amazon Prime | fuboTV | DAZN (in Canada)
Fox and NFL Network will simulcast “Thursday Night Football” for the rest of the 2021 NFL season. Those two networks will show the game so those with cable can watch while Amazon Prime will allow users to stream the game. Those three services will cover “Thursday Night Football” for the remainder of the 2021 campaign.
Most United States cable providers carry the NFL Network. It also is available via satellite provider DirecTV (channels 212 and 1212) and IPTV providers Verizon FiOS (channels 88 and 588) and Google Fiber (channel 2019).
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NFL live stream for Thursday night game
NFL fans will be able to stream “Thursday Night Football” for free with a cable subscription by using either the NFL App or the Yahoo! Sports App. You must enter cable/satellite subscription credentials to access it.
Meanwhile, cord-cutters will have plenty of options to watch Browns vs. Broncos. They are as follows.
|Streaming option||Cable subscription needed?||Free?||Cost||Free trial?|
|Yahoo! Sports App||No||Yes||–||–|
|Hulu Plus Live TV||No||No||$55/month||Yes|
NFL Week 7 schedule
The Browns and Broncos will kick off another week of NFL action, but this is the lightest game-slate to date. There will be only 13 games in Week 7, as six teams will be on bye. The good news is that there are plenty of quality games on the schedule. “Sunday Night Football” will feature an interesting clash between the Colts and 49ers while the Saints and Seahawks will play on “Monday Night Football” without Drew Brees and Russell Wilson respectively.
Additionally, the Cardinals will look to improve to 7-0 in a matchup against the Texans. That will be a revenge game for DeAndre Hopkins, who has yet to play the Texans since he was traded to the Cardinals. The Lions-Rams game will be interesting as well. Matthew Stafford and Jared Goff traded places during the offseason, so they’ll each hope to beat their former team.