What time is the NFL game tonight? TV schedule, channel for Panthers vs. Texans in Week 3

The TV channel may not always be consistent for “Thursday Night Football,” but the start time is. The start time won’t change at all during the season.

As such, the first game of Week 3 between the Panthers and Texans will begin at 8:20 p.m. ET. The game will take place at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.

Coverage of the game will be taking place all day on NFL Network, but the official pregame show will begin at 7:30 p.m. ET.

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The Panthers enter Thursday night’s game as one of seven NFL teams with a 2-0 record. They’ll look to be the first to improve to 3-0 on the season.

Meanwhile, the Texans will be starting rookie quarterback Davis Mills. The third-round rookie made his first NFL appearance in relief of an injured Tyrod Taylor and now will have to square off against a Panthers defense that just limited Jameis Winston and the Saints to seven points. Through two games, the Panthers have allowed a league-low 10.5 points per game, so this matchup won’t be easy for Mills.

Below is everything to know about the TV schedule for the Panthers vs. Texans Week 3 opener, plus a look at the rest of the NFL schedule for the week.


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What time is the NFL game tonight?

  • Date: Thursday, Sept. 23
  • Time: 8:20 p.m. ET

Panthers vs. Texans will kickoff at 8:20 p.m. ET, as will all Thursday night games throughout the 2021 NFL season. There will be a pregame show that begins at 7:30 p.m. on NFL Network and plenty of other coverage ahead of the game as well.

Houston is in the central time zone, so the game will begin at 7:20 p.m. local time at NRG Stadium.

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What channel is Panthers vs. Texans on today?

NFL Network will be the exclusive host of “Thursday Night Football” for the second consecutive week. They will continue to be the exclusive broadcaster of the event through Week 4 of the 2021 NFL season. Then, there will be multiple options with which to view the game.

Fox and NFL Network will simulcast the game together starting in Week 5. That will allow those with basic cable packages to catch the action on Fox. Meanwhile, Amazon Prime will begin streaming the games in Week 5. These three services will carry “Thursday Night Football” through the remainder of the program’s season, which comes to an end in Week 17.

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).

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NFL live stream for Panthers vs. Texans

NFL Network will be broadcasting the first game of Week 3. As a result, the game will be available to stream live free on the NFL App and Yahoo! Sports App for those with cable/satellite subscriptions.

Meanwhile, cord-cutters will have plenty of options to watch Panthers vs. Texans. They are as follows.

Streaming option Cable subscription needed? Free? Cost Free trial?
NFL App No Yes
Yahoo! Sports App No Yes
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 schedule Week 3

The Panthers and Texans will kickstart Week 3 of the 2021 NFL season, as Carolina and Sam Darnold look to improve to 3-0 over Davis Mills and the Texans. There are seven 2-0 teams left standing across the NFL, and two will be facing off in Week 3 — the Buccaneers and Rams. That will be the best game of the week and it will mark Tom Brady’s first NFL game played in Los Angeles.

The “Sunday Night Football” matchup between the Packers and 49ers looks appetizing as well. The Packers have played poorly against the 49ers in recent years, so Aaron Rodgers and Co. should be motivated for that one.

Below is the full schedule for Week 3 of the 2021 NFL season.

Week 3

  • Thursday, Sept. 23
Game Kickoff time TV channel
Panthers at Texans 8:20 p.m. ET NFLN
  • Sunday, Sept. 26
Game Kickoff time TV channel
Colts at Titans 1 p.m. ET CBS
Falcons at Giants 1 p.m. ET Fox
Chargers at Chiefs 1 p.m. ET CBS
Bengals at Steelers 1 p.m. ET CBS
Bears at Browns 1 p.m. ET Fox
Ravens at Lions 1 p.m. ET CBS
Saints at Patriots 1 p.m. ET Fox
Cardinals at Jaguars 1 p.m. ET Fox
Washington Football Team at Bills 1 p.m. ET Fox
Jets at Broncos 4:05 p.m. ET CBS
Dolphins at Raiders 4:05 p.m. ET CBS
Seahawks at Vikings 4:25 p.m. ET Fox
Buccaneers at Rams 4:25 p.m. ET Fox
Packers at 49ers 8:20 p.m. ET NBC
  • Monday, Sept. 27
Game Kickoff time TV channel
Eagles at Cowboys 8:15 p.m. ET ESPN
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