NFL fans have been treated to back-to-back “Thursday Night Football” games that featured abysmal offensive performances. Amazon is hoping that history won’t repeat itself for a third consecutive week.
Like Week 6, the Thursday night game will feature two NFC teams with losing records. However, both the Saints and Cardinals have some explosive playmakers, so that should make this matchup slightly more interesting.
Neither the Saints nor the Cardinals have lived up to expectations thus far in 2022. New Orleans just missed the playoffs last season while Arizona started 7-0 before making it in as a wild-card team. This year, both squads are 2-4 and have been unable to consistently piece together 60-minute efforts.
Both teams have also dealt with a plethora of injuries and are still being impacted by them. That’s why the Saints are starting Andy Dalton over Jameis Winston at quarterback. It’s also why the Cardinals have reshuffled their receiving corps after the Robbie Anderson trade.
Which team has the edge in this contest? Arizona enters it as a slight favorite at home, but generally, it seems as though it is a true toss-up.
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Here’s everything to know about the Saints-Cardinals “Thursday Night Football” contest in NFL Week 7.
Who plays on Thursday Night Football tonight?
- Matchup: Saints at Cardinals
- Location: State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.
The Saints and Cardinals will play one another on Amazon Prime’s “Thursday Night Football” game in Week 7. The two NFC squads are off to disappointing starts, and each needs a win to avoid falling too far behind in the standings.
The Saints (2-4) are coming off a close loss at home against the Bengals during which their defense struggled to contain Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase. New Orleans is banged up right now, as top cornerback Marshon Lattimore and starting receivers Michael Thomas and Jarvis Landry are expected to miss the game. However, they may get rookie phenom Chris Olave back at wide-out, so that is a plus.
Dennis Allen’s squad has played in a one-score game in five of their six games this season. That should give them a chance to keep things close against Arizona — if not, win outright.
Speaking of the Cardinals (2-4), Arizona is coming off a disappointing loss against the Seahawks during which they failed to score an offensive touchdown. They posted nine points against a woeful Seattle defense and their overall offensive struggles have caused Kliff Kingsbury’s seat to warm up significantly.
Kyler Murray has struggled through the air this season, too, and his job will only get more difficult with Marquise “Hollywood” Brown out with a foot injury. DeAndre Hopkins is slated to return from suspension while Robbie Anderson was acquired via trade, but it remains to be seen whether either will be ready to play a big role in this one.
Since both teams are lacking their top pass catchers, this could end up being a low-scoring game than most expect. Thursday night games have all been low-scoring in recent weeks, and we’ll soon see if this Murray vs. Andy Dalton battle follows suit.
What time is the NFL game tonight?
- Date: Thursday, Oct. 20
- Time: 8:15 p.m. ET (6:15 p.m. MT)
The Cardinals vs. Saints game will kick off at 8:15 p.m. ET on Thursday. That’s the same time that every NFL “Thursday Night Football” game broadcast on Amazon is set to begin this season.
This game will be played at State Farm Stadium in Glendale. Arizona is part of the Mountain time zone, so that game will kick off at 6:15 p.m. local time, and 7:15 p.m. in New Orleans.
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What channel is Thursday Night Football on tonight?
- TV channel (New Orleans): WDSU (Channel 6)
- TV channel (Phoenix): KSAZ (Channel 10)
- Live stream: Amazon Prime Video | DAZN (in Canada)
Amazon Prime Video bought the exclusive broadcast rights to the NFL’s “Thursday Night Football” package as part of an 11-year contract. Because of that, national viewers hoping to catch the Saints-Cardinals game will need an Amazon Prime subscription to watch the game.
That said, the game will be available on TV for those in the Arizona and New Orleans markets. The local broadcasts will allow fans without a subscription to still catch their favorite teams in action. The New Orleans market can watch the game on NBC affiliate WDSU while Arizona locals can see it on Fox affiliate KSAZ.
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 7
The Saints vs. Cardinals “Thursday Night Football” game may not look like the most exciting matchup, but it may be among the best of the prime-time games this week.
“Sunday Night Football” in Week 7 will feature an interesting matchup between the Steelers and the Dolphins. That said, both teams are quite banged up and if Kenny Pickett can’t play, it will be Mitch Trubisky who is tabbed to go against Tua Tagovailoa. Of course, that is a revenge game for Steelers linebackers coach Brian Flores, so the Pittsburgh defense’s performance will be of interest in this one.
Meanwhile, “Monday Night Football” will feature a game between the 2-4 Bears and the 3-3 Patriots. Bill Belichick can pass George Halas for the second-most wins in NFL history with a victory; it’s unclear whether he will trust Bailey Zappe or Mac Jones to quarterback the team in this spot.
The Sunday schedule is a bit weaker than usual with many of the NFL’s top teams — the Eagles, Bills, Vikings and Rams — all on bye. The Chiefs vs. 49ers game, and Super Bowl 54 rematch, will probably be the best game of the bunch while many will be interested to see how Dak Prescott does for the Cowboys in his return from a hand injury.
Below is the full schedule for Week 7 of the 2022 NFL season.
|Game||Kickoff time||TV channel|
|Saints vs. Cardinals||8:15 p.m. ET||Amazon|
|Game||Kickoff time||TV channel|
|Browns vs. Ravens||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|Buccaneers vs. Panthers||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|Falcons vs. Bengals||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|Lions vs. Cowboys||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|Giants vs. Jaguars||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|Colts vs. Titans||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|Packers vs. Commanders||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|Jets vs. Broncos||4:05 p.m. ET||CBS|
|Texans vs. Raiders||4:05 p.m. ET||CBS|
|Seahawks vs. Chargers||4:25 p.m. ET||Fox|
|Chiefs vs. 49ers||4:25 p.m. ET||Fox|
|Steelers vs. Dolphins||8:20 p.m. ET||Fox|
|Game||Kickoff time||TV channel|
|Bears vs. Patriots||8:15 p.m. ET||ESPN|
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