What time is the NFL game tonight? TV schedule, channel for Cowboys vs. Saints in Week 13



The Cowboys are playing an unusually high number of Thursday games in 2021. They are playing on a Thursday for the third time in Week 13, but incredibly, it’s just the third time that they will play on “Thursday Night Football.”

The first Thursday night game of the season for the Cowboys came in Week 1. That was a matchup between them and the Buccaneers that technically was a “Sunday Night Football” game because NBC broadcast it. Last week, the Cowboys played their usual Thanksgiving Day game. That was broadcast on CBS and took place during the afternoon.

Now, they’re finally playing on both a Thursday and during “Thursday Night Football.” They are playing another team that played on Thanksgiving — the Saints — in a clash between two teams that are coming off tough losses.

Both teams also could be shorthanded this week. The Cowboys are going to be without coach Mike McCarthy following a positive COVID test. The Saints are dealing with numerous injuries and may be switching up their quarterbacks. Taysom Hill could replace a struggling Trevor Siemian — if Hill is healthy enough to do that.

The Saints need a win to keep their Wild Card hopes alive while the Cowboys could use a win to keep a bit of distance between themselves and the surging Washington Football Team. We’ll find out if they can do that beginning at 8:20 p.m. ET at the Caesar’s Superdome in New Orleans, La.

Below is everything to know about the TV schedule for the NFL Week 13 opener between the Cowboys and Saints, plus a look at the rest of the NFL schedule for this week.

MORE: Watch Cowboys vs. Saints live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)

What time is the NFL game tonight?

  • Date: Thursday, Dec. 2
  • Time: 8:20 p.m. ET

The Cowboys vs. Saints game will kick off at 8:20 p.m. ET. That’s the same time that all “Thursday Night Football” games will begin throughout the 2021 NFL 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.

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?

“Thursday Night Football” will continue to be simulcast on both Fox and NFL Network. The two networks will each show a broadcast featuring Joe Buck and Troy Aikman on the call, and that will continue for the rest of the 2021 NFL season. Viewers will also be able to stream the game using Amazon Prime.

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).

NFL live stream for Thursday night game

Streamers will be able to view “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 Cowboys vs. Saints. They are as follows.

Streaming option Cable subscription needed? Free? Cost Free trial?
NFL App No Yes
Yahoo! Sports App No Yes
DirecTV Stream No No $69.99/month No
fuboTV No No $60/month Yes
Hulu Plus Live TV No No $55/month Yes
Sling TV No No $30/month Yes
YouTube TV No No $65/month Yes

NFL Week 13 schedule

The Saints vs. Cowboys game will kick off Week 13 of NFL action. Both of the teams in action played, and lost, on Thanksgiving with the Cowboys falling in overtime against the Raiders and the Saints getting blown out by the Bills. New Orleans is planning to start Taysom Hill this week — if healthy — so that could change things up a bit for them.

The other prime-time games in Week 13 will be some intriguing divisional clashes. The Broncos are set to the take on the Chiefs in a “Sunday Night Football” game that was flexed into prime-time ahead of the Seahawks-49ers. The Chiefs (7-4) lead the other three teams in the AFC West by one game and will look to keep it that way while the Broncos battle for their first win in their last 11 tries against the Chiefs.

“Monday Night Football” will feature the Patriots and Bills playing in Buffalo. This game will determine which team has the inside track to first place in the AFC East, though there are two Patriots-Bills matchups remaining this year.

Elsewhere, the Cardinals return from bye to take on the Bears while the 0-10-1 Lions look for their first win at home against the Vikings.

Below is the full schedule for Week 13 of the 2021 NFL season.

Week 13

Game Kickoff time TV channel
Cowboys at Saints 8:20 p.m. ET Fox/NFLN/Amazon
Game Kickoff time TV channel
Giants at Dolphins 1 p.m. ET Fox
Colts at Texans 1 p.m. ET CBS
Vikings at Lions 1 p.m. ET CBS
Eagles at Jets 1 p.m. ET CBS
Cardinals at Bears 1 p.m. ET Fox
Chargers at Bengals 1 p.m. ET Fox
Buccaneers at Falcons 1 p.m. ET Fox
Washington Football Team at Raiders 4:05 p.m. ET Fox
Jaguars at Rams 4:25 p.m. ET CBS
Ravens at Steelers 4:25 p.m. ET CBS
49ers at Seahawks 4:25 p.m. ET CBS
Broncos at Chiefs 8:20 p.m. ET NBC
Game Kickoff time TV channel
Patriots at Bills 8:15 p.m. ET ESPN


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