“Thursday Night Football” matchups aren’t often the marquee games on the calendars. That said, the schedule makers always make a certain number of divisional games available to the TNF broadcast, and they usually pounce on them.

This week, viewers will be treated to a clash of the top two teams from the NFC East last year. That may not be saying much, considering that none of the teams in the division had a winning record, but there will be a lot on the line in this one.

Washington, the winner of the NFC East last year with a 7-9 record, is looking to avoid an 0-2 start. They’ll play at home once again but will have to dispatch a rival that has given them trouble in recent years. They haven’t lost five consecutive games to the Giants, but Ron Rivera and Co. will look to reverse that trend on Thursday.

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It won’t be easy. Washington is breaking in a new quarterback with Ryan Fitzpatrick sidelined, so there will be some intrigue as Taylor Heinicke looks to earn a critical win for himself and for his team.

Below is everything to know about that matchup, plus everything you need to know to watch the first game of Week 2 Thursday night.

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Who plays on Thursday night football tonight?

  • Game: Giants vs. Washington
  • Location: FedEx Field, Landover, Md.

The Giants will play the Washington Football Team in the second Thursday night game of the season (and the first official “Thursday Night Football” broadcast).

New York and Washington played twice last season with the Giants winning both games. They won the first contest 20-19 with Kyle Allen starting for Washington and 23-20 three weeks later with Alex Smith starting. Now, the Giants will get to see Taylor Heinicke in action for the first time.

Heinicke is, incredibly, the sixth different quarterback to start for Washington in its last six games against the Giants. He will look to earn a win for the first time during his career as a starter. He is 0-2 in his career, including a loss in last year’s Wild Card game against the Buccaneers.

What time is the NFL game tonight?

  • Date: Thursday, Sept. 16
  • Time: 8:20 p.m. ET

Kickoff for the Giants vs. Washington game will come at 8:20 p.m. Pregame coverage of the contest will begin at 7:30 p.m. ET on NFL Network, and the channel is also a two-hour preview show — TNF First Look — airing from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. ET.

Both New York and Washington are in the Eastern time zone, so both fan bases will see kickoff come at 8:20 p.m. local time.

All Thursday night games throughout the 2021 NFL season will start at 8:20 p.m. ET.

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What channel is ‘Thursday Night Football’ on tonight?

NFL Network will be the exclusive home of “Thursday Night Football” for Weeks 2 through 4 of the 2021 NFL season. NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” team broadcasted the first Thursday night game, and starting in Week 5, there will be multiple ways to view the Thursday night game.

Fox and NFL Network will simulcast the game starting in Week 5, giving those with basic cable packages a chance to watch the action on Fox. Additionally, Amazon Prime will begin streaming the game in Week 5. These three services will carry the games for the rest of the “Thursday Night Football season”, which runs through Week 17.

NFL Network is available via most cable providers in the United States. 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 Giants vs. Washington

The first game of Week 2 is being broadcast on NFL Network, so the game will be available to stream live on the NFL App and Yahoo! Sports App. This should be the preferred streaming method for cable/satellite subscribers that can’t get in front of a TV.

Cord-cutters will have plenty of options to watch the Giants vs. Washington game. They are as follows.

NFL Week 2 schedule

The Giants and Washington Football Team will kick off Week 2 of the 2021 NFL season with a divisional clash, one of six on the 16-game slate. The biggest game of the week will be a matchup between the Ravens and Chiefs on “Sunday Night Football.” John Harbaugh’s Ravens haven’t beaten the Chiefs while Andy Reid has been head coach.

The Packers vs. Lions “Monday Night Football” game will carry some additional interest as well after Green Bay’s awful showing in Week 1. Aaron Rodgers and Co. will look to bounce back against a Lions defense that just allowed 41 points to the 49ers.

Below is the complete Week 2 schedule for Week 2 of the 2021 NFL season.

Thursday, Sept. 16

GameKickoff timeTV channel
Giants at Washington Football Team8:20 p.m. ETNFLN

Sunday, Sept. 19

GameKickoff timeTV channel
Patriots at Jets1 p.m. ETCBS
Broncos at Jaguars1 p.m. ETCBS
Bills at Dolphins1 p.m. ETFox
49ers at Eagles1 p.m. ETFox
Rams at Colts1 p.m. ETFox
Raiders at Steelers1 p.m. ETCBS
Bengals at Bears1 p.m. ETFox
Texans at Browns1 p.m. ETCBS
Saints at Panthers1 p.m. ETFox
Vikings at Cardinals4:05 p.m. ETFox
Falcons at Buccaneers4:05 p.m. ETFox
Titans at Seahawks4:25 p.m. ETCBS
Cowboys at Chargers4:25 p.m. ETCBS
Chiefs at Ravens8:20 p.m. ETNBC

Monday, Sept. 20

GameKickoff timeTV channel
Lions at Packers8:15 p.m. ETESPN

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