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Broncos begin and end NFL’s 2013 Thursday slate


Not long ago, Thursday games were rarely seen specials on the NFL regular-season menu.

Now, they are regular dishes.

The NFL has scheduled 17 Thursday games in 2013. The NFL Network will air 13 regular-season games on Thursdays in 2013, the eighth season in which the league’s official channel has broadcast games. NBC will air two Thursday-night games: Ravens-Broncos on September 5 and Steelers-Ravens on November 28 — Thanksgiving night. Fox (Packers-Lions) and CBS (Raiders-Cowboys) will air the other Thanksgiving games. As Mike Florio noted, every team will play at least one Thursday game.

The only teams slated to play twice on Thursday in 2013 just happen to be the teams who kick off the regular season on a Thursday in Denver — the Ravens and Broncos. Denver also hosts San Diego in the 2013 Thursday finale on Dec. 12.

Home teams are 44-27 (.620) on regular-season Thursdays since the NFL expanded its Thursday slate seven years ago — about six percent more successful, albeit in a much, much smaller sample size, than all other regular-season home teams have done on other days in this span.

2013 NFL Thursday games 

(all NFL Network games begin at 8:25 p.m. Eastern)

Thursday, September 5: Ravens at Broncos (8:30 p.m. ET, NBC)

Thursday, September 12: Jets at Patriots (NFL Network)

Thursday, September 19: Chiefs at Eagles (NFL Network)

Thursday, September 26: 49ers at Rams (NFL Network)

Thursday, October 3:  Bills at Browns (NFL Network)

Thursday, October 10: Giants at Bears (NFL Network)

Thursday, October 17: Seahawks at Cardinals (NFL Network)

Thursday, October 24: Panthers at Buccaneers (NFL Network)

Thursday, October 31: Bengals at Dolphins (NFL Network)

Thursday, November 7: Redskins at Vikings (NFL Network)

Thursday, November 14: Colts at Titans (NFL Network)

Thursday, November 21: Saints at Falcons (NFL Network)

Thursday, November 28: Packers at Lions (12:30 p.m. ET, Fox)

Thursday, November 28: Raiders at Cowboys (4:30 p.m. ET, CBS)

Thursday, November 28: Steelers at Ravens (8:30 p.m. ET, NBC)

Thursday, December 5: Texans at Jaguars (NFL Network)

Thursday, December 12: Chargers at Broncos (NFL Network)

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16 Responses to “Broncos begin and end NFL’s 2013 Thursday slate”
  1. gbditka says: Apr 18, 2013 11:14 PM

    If the NFL is worried about “Player Safety,” then how are Thursday games after a Sunday game even scheduled? Must be the well being of the players comes just after the $$$$$$

  2. jessejames182 says: Apr 18, 2013 11:16 PM

    Raiders vs cowboys on thanksgiving? Trying to do anything so the cowboys will win on turkeyday…

  3. t8ertot says: Apr 18, 2013 11:31 PM

    The media is SO in love with the Broncos it’s ridiculous

  4. livepredictor says: Apr 19, 2013 12:26 AM

    Are they allowed to rotate that last game? They are going to try by the time that game rolls around and both are out of contention.

  5. ososrule says: Apr 19, 2013 1:05 AM

    Should read…

    Peyton Manning begins and ends NFL’s 2013 Thursday slate

  6. yssupasigninnamnotyep says: Apr 19, 2013 1:22 AM

    Shocking…five primetime games for the MegaHeads and only two early start games. But of course the Giants game in NY is the late afternoon game, but the west coast teams have to play the early game.

    And they get the bye exactly in the middle of the schedule after week 8.

    Just shocking that the league would show such favoritism, right?

  7. imeanwhatisay says: Apr 19, 2013 5:28 AM

    ravens-steelers =Big time ratings on Thanksgiving ravens should make playoffs .I’m looking at 11-5 record

  8. ijahru says: Apr 19, 2013 7:55 AM

    Oter than Thanksgiving Thursday night games SUCK!!! NFL football should only be played on Sundays and Monday night.

  9. denverdave3 says: Apr 19, 2013 9:42 AM

    You’ve got Denver playing two teams on December 12. Oakland and San Diego.

    That ought to be very interesting.

  10. raiderapologist says: Apr 19, 2013 9:57 AM

    Denver also hosts Oakland in the 2013 Thursday finale on Dec. 12.

    Thursday, December 12: Chargers at Broncos (NFL Network)


  11. finscanes says: Apr 19, 2013 10:46 AM

    Dolphins-Bengals on Halloween! My kids are going to have to finish their trick-or-treating earlier in the evening this year haha.

  12. luckyarmpit says: Apr 19, 2013 11:05 AM

    At least I only miss one Giants game on the NFL/Irrelevant Network. I ain’t paying for that channel no matter what game is on it.

  13. rayguyreturns says: Apr 19, 2013 11:22 AM

    Donkeys= old Pats as NFL’s MPT
    (Most Protected Team)

  14. joetoronto says: Apr 19, 2013 12:02 PM

    The Donkey’s are this year’s dream team, mega flop coming up and I can’t wait. 🙂

  15. raiderapologist says: Apr 19, 2013 12:49 PM

    finscanes says: Apr 19, 2013 10:46 AM

    Dolphins-Bengals on Halloween! My kids are going to have to finish their trick-or-treating earlier in the evening this year haha.
    That works for the Bengals. Their uniforms already look like Halloween costumes.

  16. patriotenvy says: Apr 19, 2013 4:47 PM

    Looks like I will be listening to the Jets Pats game on the radio. I don’t make enough money to ge the NFL network. I bet a lot of people who have it don’t really either.

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