The NFL Won’t Have a ‘Thursday Night Football’ Game For Week 13, Here’s Why

There won’t be a Thursday Night Football game for the second time during the 2020 NFL season. NFL fans hoping to watch some football on December 3 may have to tune into some college basketball instead. Football fans may remember back on October 15 when there wasn’t a Thursday Night Football game. Now, it’s happening again.

Take a look to see why there won’t be any professional football played on Thursday for the second time this season.

‘Thursday Night Football’ did not happen in Week 6

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When the 2020 NFL schedule came out, the Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills were scheduled to play on October 15. Weeks leading up to that game, fans were excited to see Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen go at each other. Unfortunately, that game did not happen on October 15. Fans were left with no professional football to watch that day because COVID-19 caused a postponement of a football game.

That meant the NFL schedule needed to be adjusted. When the Week 5 game between the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos got postponed, the league moved that game to Week 6 with them playing October 18. That meant a number of other games were moved around, including the Chiefs vs. Bills game. Instead of playing on October 15, the game was moved to October 19.

COVID-19 has caused the NFL to make numerous moves and reschedule games throughout the season. There was a Tuesday night game played during the 2020 season for the first time since 2010 as the Tennessee Titans defeated the Buffalo Bills 42-16.

There was a Wednesday night game for the first time since 2012

As mentioned earlier, COVID-19 has caused the NFL to make numerous schedule changes. The Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens were scheduled to play on Thanksgiving Day, but there were multiple positive COVID-19 tests by the Ravens, and the NFL postponed the game to Sunday afternoon. As outbreaks continued, the game was rescheduled to Tuesday night. When it was all said and done, the NFL made one more change and moved it to Wednesday afternoon.

For the first time since 2012 and the second time since 1949, a professional football game was played on Wednesday. When the Steelers and Ravens played on December 2, it marked the first time in NFL history that a game was played on each day. 2020 has been an interesting year, to say the least, but the NFL has found ways to adjust and make things work.

No ‘Thursday Night Football,’ again

Since the Ravens and Steelers played on December 2, you know what that meant. More changes were made to the NFL schedule. According to USA Today, the Dallas Cowboys were scheduled to play the Ravens on December 3 to kick off Week 13. But since the Ravens played on December 2, the game against the Cowboys was moved to December 8. 

So that means no professional football on Thursday for the second time in 2020. With an ongoing pandemic, nothing is concrete, and there could be more changes made to the schedule if teams have outbreaks. We’ll have to wait and see as the season progresses.