In 2019, “Thursday Night Football” generally features intriguing matchups, even if the quality of play takes a dip as a result of a short week for the participating teams. That’s part of the reason the NFL can continue to get away with forcing teams to play a few days early each week. As long as fans care to scan their TV channels for “Thursday Night Football,” the league will give the people what they want.
This week on “Thursday Night Football,” the Raiders will host the Chargers in a game scheduled to kick off at 8: 20 p.m. ET on Fox and NFL Network. Based on the tiny point spread attached to this game, Oakland vs. Los Angeles is expected to be tight. The 4-5 Chargers are one-point favorites over the 4-4 Raiders.
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Oakland enters this game averaging 381.6 yards per game in part because of talented rookie running back Josh Jacobs, but also because of a Derek Carr hot streak. The Raiders QB has 7 touchdowns and just 1 interception for a 120.4 passer rating over his last three games.
On the other side, Philip Rivers has been shaky at times this season, but the Chargers QB tends to shine against the Raiders. Rivers has 45 career TD passes against Oakland, the most vs. any opponent, and he has 1,217 passing yards (304.3 per game), 8 TDs, 1 INT and a 121.7 rating over his last four games against the division rival.
Below is all the info you need to watch “Thursday Night Football” this week, including the TV channel and kickoff time for Raiders vs. Chargers.
Who plays on Thursday Night Football tonight?
- Los Angeles Chargers at Oakland Raiders
- Kickoff time: 8: 20 p.m. ET
In our picks against the spread and our straight-up NFL predictions for Week 10, Sporting News is split on Thursday night’s game. Below are the explanations for each pick.
Pick against the spread: One of these hot teams will use this game to continue a march back to AFC wild-card contention. The Raiders are home underdogs, but they have the best matchup in their favor with Jacobs against the Chargers’ reeling run defense. LA will answer with big plays in the passing game from Rivers in its new, more dynamic offense, but Oakland will finish a few more drives to take its latest near-last home game. Pick: Raiders win 27-20 and cover the spread.
Straight-up prediction: Before it shifted in LA’s favor, this game opened as a pick ’em with good reason. Neither the 4-4 Raiders nor the 4-5 Chargers are expected to keep up with the Chiefs in the AFC West, but both are still contenders for a wild card. Los Angeles entered the season with higher expectations, and coming off consecutive refreshing wins, Anthony Lynn’s bunch is starting to look like the team many expected it to be. Quietly, the Chargers have a top-10 scoring defense. That will be the key against a good-but-not-unstoppable Raiders offense. Prediction: Chargers 23, Raiders 17.
What channel is Thursday Night Football on?
- TV channel (national): NFL Network, Fox
- TV channel (Oakland): KTVU
- TV channel (Los Angeles): KTTV
- Live stream: Amazon Prime
“Thursday Night Football” broadcast rights in 2019 are shared between Fox, NFL Network and Amazon Prime.
Thursday night games on Fox this season are called by the network’s lead broadcast team of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman, sideline reporters Erin Andrews and Kristina Pink, and rules analyst Mike Pereira.
Andrea Kramer and Hannah Storm are the voices for Amazon Prime’s broadcasts.
Thursday Night Football TV schedule for 2019
All “Thursday Night Football” games start at 8: 20 p.m. ET.
|4||Sept. 26||Eagles at Packers||Fox, NFLN, Prime|
|5||Oct. 3||Rams at Seahawks||Fox, NFLN, Prime|
|6||Oct. 10||Giants at Patriots||Fox, NFLN, Prime|
|7||Oct. 17||Chiefs at Broncos||Fox, NFLN, Prime|
|8||Oct. 24||Redskins at Vikings||Fox, NFLN, Prime|
|9||Oct. 31||49ers at Cardinals||Fox, NFLN, Prime|
|10||Nov. 7||Chargers at Raiders||Fox, NFLN, Prime|
|11||Nov. 14||Steelers at Browns||Fox, NFLN, Prime|
|12||Nov. 21||Colts at Texans||Fox, NFLN, Prime|
|14||Dec. 5||Cowboys at Bears||Fox, NFLN, Prime|
|15||Dec. 12||Jets at Ravens||Fox, NFLN, Prime|