How to Watch Thursday Night Football in 2022 (And Why the Dolphins vs. Bengals Game Won’t Be on TV Tonight)

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The 2022 NFL football season is officially underway, with the Pittsburgh Steelers falling to division rivals the Cleveland Browns 29-17 in Week 3. Now that we’re in Week 4,  it’s time to start figuring out where and how to watch your favorite team(s) play for the rest of the season. While it’s well known that Sunday Night Football lives on NBC and Monday Night Football airs on ESPN, figuring out how to watch Thursday Night Football can often be a bit more difficult since it’s moved around quite a bit in recent years.

After years of airing on different networks, Thursday Night Football has finally found a permanent home at Amazon’s Prime Video, which recently scored an exclusive broadcasting deal with the NFL. That’s right, for the 2022-2023 NFL season, Thursday Night Football will not air on local or cable TV, and you’ll need to be a Prime Video member to enjoy the games. So if you’re wondering how to watch the Bengals and Dolphins game tonight, then you’ll need to sign up for Prime Video ASAP.

Fortunately, because Prime Video has a generous 30-day free trial, you can watch Thursday Night Football online for free in 2022, at least, temporarily.

If you’re wondering who plays Thursday night football games, where to watch Thursday Night Football, or wondering why Thursday Night Football won’t be on TV in 2022, we’ve got all the details for you below. In the meantime, head to the Prime Video page to start watching.

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How to Watch Thursday Night Football in 2022

All Thursday night football games will air at 8:15 p.m. EST on Amazon’s Prime Video during the 2022 season — with the exception of the season opener on Week 1 and Week 12. Interested viewers will have to sign up for a Prime Video membership to view these games.

If you are already an Amazon Prime member, then you already have access to all of Prime Video’s offerings.


 How to Watch Thursday Night Football for Free

Right now, Amazon Prime Video is offering a free trial that gives new customers 30 days of access for free. Signing up means you could potentially see four Thursday night football games totally free of charge. However, the price will return to the regular Prime Video membership cost of $8.99 per month unless you cancel before that period ends.

You do not need to sign up for Amazon Prime itself; you can choose to only sign up for Prime Video.


How to Watch the Dolphins vs. Bengals Game for Free

The 3-0 Miami Dolphins are set to take on the 1-2 Cincinnati Bengals at Paycor Stadium in Week 4. Amazon Prime members will be able to view this game for free with their subscription. Non-subscribers will have to sign up for a Prime Membership or Amazon Prime Video to watch Thursday Night Football in 2022. As we said above, Amazon is offering a free 30-day trial that will allow you to watch the Dolphins and Bengals game online for free. If you have a smart TV or streaming stick, you can also watch Thursday Night Football on your TV.

The Week 4 Thursday Night Football broadcast of the Dolphins versus Bengals game will take place on Thursday, September 29. Pregame coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET on Prime Video.


Thursday Night Football Schedule

As previously mentioned, all regular season Thursday night football games (with the exception of Week 1 and Thanksgiving) will air at 8:15 p.m. EST on Amazon Prime in 2022.

  • Week 2, September 15: Chargers at Chiefs
  • Week 3, September 22: Steelers at Browns
  • Week 4, September 29: Dolphins at Bengals
  • Week 5, October 6: Colts at Broncos
  • Week 6, October 13: Commanders at Bears
  • Week 7, October 20: Saints at Cardinals
  • Week 8, October 27: Ravens at Buccaneers
  • Week 9, November 3: Eagles at Texans
  • Week 10, November 10: Falcons at Panthers
  • Week 11, November 17: Titans at Packers
  • Week 13, December 1: Bills at Patriots
  • Week 14, December 8: Raiders at Rams
  • Week 15, December 15: 49ers at Seahawks
  • Week 16, December 22: Jaguars at Jets
  • Week 17, December 29: Cowboys at Titans

How to Watch NFL Thanksgiving Games

The NFL will host three Thursday night Thanksgiving games this year, each at a different time and on a different network. Check out the full NFL Thanksgiving game schedule below: 

  • Bills at Lions – 12:30 p.m. EST on CBS
  • Giants at Cowboys – 4:30 p.m. EST on Fox
  • Patriots at Vikings – 8:20 p.m. EST on NBC

Looking for ways to watch these and other NFL games during the 2022 season? Check out the SPY guide on How To Watch the NFL Without Cable in 2022


Why Can’t I Watch Thursday Night Football on TV?

Technically, you can watch Thursday Night Football on your TV; however, you can’t watch it via a cable TV package or local TV antennae. That’s because Amazon inked an exclusive deal with the NFL to broadcast Thursday Night Football games in 2022. Typically, NFL games are broadcast on one of the big TV networks, CBS, NBC or Fox. However, Amazon is trying to bring more sports streaming to its Prime Video service, and Thursday Night Football is a major win for the service.

Even though cable TV viewers are missing out, you will be able to watch Thursday NFL games on TV so long as you have a smart TV or streaming stick with the Prime Video app. So long as you have Prime Video on your streaming device, you can watch the game broadcasts on your TV or device of choice.


Which Devices Allow You to Stream Live NFL Games?

Live events via Amazon Prime Video are supported on web browsers and other devices via the Prime Video app. This includes smartphones running on iOS and Android, smart TVs, tablets, Blu-ray players and media players such as Google Chromecast, Roku and Apple TV as well as Amazon devices like Fire TV and Fire Tablet. Prime Video can also be accessed via game consoles like PlayStation and Xbox.


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