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The NFL announced Tuesday a scheduling change for Week 7 on Sunday, October 21.

The Cincinnati Bengals at Kansas City Chiefs game will move from 1 p.m. to 8:20 p.m. on NBC, while the Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco 49ers game originally scheduled at 8:20 p.m. will move to 4:25 p.m. on CBS.

The following is the final Week 7 NFL schedule (all times Eastern):

Thursday, October 18
Denver at Arizona, 8:20 p.m. on FOX/NFLN/Amazon

Sunday, October 21
Tennessee at Los Angeles Chargers, 9:30 a.n. Eastern (2:30 p.m. in London) on CBS
New England at Chicago, 1 p.m. on CBS
Buffalo at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. on CBS
Houston at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. on CBS
Detroit at Miami, 1 p.m. on FOX
Minnesota at New York Jets, 1 p.m. on FOX
Carolina at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. on FOX
Cleveland at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. on FOX
New Orleans at Baltimore, 4:05 p.m. on FOX
Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Dallas at Washington, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Cincinnati at Kansas City, 8:20 p.m. on NBC

Monday, October 22
New York Giants at ATLANTA, 8:15 p.m. on ESPN

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Indianapolis (1-3) at New England (2-2), 8:20 p.m. on FOX, Amazon and NFL Network. Luck vs. Brady. Week five gets underway in Foxboro as New England hosts the Indianapolis Colts at Gillette Stadium. The AFC teams open play coming into Thursday’s contests from opposite directions.

Last week, Colts quarterback Andrew Luck passed for a career-high 464 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions for a 108.5 passer rating in the team’s 37-34 overtime loss to Houston. Luck became the 11th quarterback in league history to pass for at least 450 yards and four touchdowns without an interception in a single game. Indianapolis rookie linebacker Darius Leonard leads the NFL with 54 tackles and is the only player since at least 2000 with at least 50 tackles (54) and four sacks (four) in his team’s first four games of a season. Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri, who has 567 career field goals, converted two field goals in Week 4 and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Morten Andersen (565) for the most field goals in league history. Trailing the Texans 21-10 at the half, Indianapolis would rally to pull even with 45 seconds left in regulation when Luck and rookie RB Nyheim Hines connected on a 9-yard TD toss. The Colts, who were outrushed by the Texans 119-41, scored first in the overtime on a 44 yard field goal by Vinatieri to take a 3-point lead. That lead would not last very long as K Ka’imi Fairbairn connected on a 29-yard field goal with 1:50 left in the period. Houston then got the ball back after a Colts punt and the Texans used all 24 seconds left and took the win when Fairbairn connected on a 37-yard field goal as time expired. Houston’s DeShaun Watson threw for 375 yards with a pair of TD but was sacked seven times, while Luck was sacked four times. Indy was 10 of 17 on third down (the Colts were 0 of 1 on fourth down) and held the ball for 29:56, while the Texans kept the ball for 40:04, going 8 of 16 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Tom Brady passed for 274 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions for a 94.2 passer rating and Patriots rookie running back Sony Michel rushed for 112 yards and his first-career touchdown in New England’s 38-7 victory over AFC East foe Miami in Week four, knocking them out of the ranks of the unbeatens. With his 55-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson in the second quarter last week, Brady connected on a touchdown pass with the 70th different receiver of his career, tied with Vinny Testaverde (70) for the most in NFL history. Brady, who ranks third in NFL history with 497 career touchdown passes, can join Peyton Manning (539) and Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Farve (508) as the only quarterbacks in league history with at least 500 touchdown passes. Running back James White, who rushed for a touchdown and had one touchdown catch in Week 4, leads all NFL running backs with 15 touchdown catches and ranks third with 1,583 receiving yards since 2015. New England, who scored the first 38 points of their contest in Foxboro unchallenged, held Miami to 56 yards rushing, while tallying 175 of their own (with Michel leading all rushers). New England was 10 of 16 on third down and held on the ball for 36:22, while the Dolphins were 23:38 in time of possession, going 3 of 11 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

New England leads the series 47-28 (which includes contest that were played at Fenway Park and Memorial Stadium when the Colts were in Baltimore), the Patriots have outscored Indy 1,835-1,429 and have won the last five meetings, including a 34-27 win in Indy in 2015, while the Colts’ last win in the series came in 2009 in the Hoosier State by a final of 35-34. The Pats are favored by 10 1/2 in the Thursday night opener and the over/under’s 51 1/2. The Colts are trying to get out of the AFC South cellar, while the Pats are looking to knock the Dolphins off the top of the AFC East mountain. Pats win this one but the Colts make this closer than the 10 1/2.

Broadcast Information – 8:20 p.m. on FOX/NFLN/Amazon: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (Field Reporter), Kristina Pink (Field reporter); National Radio: Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Tony Boselli; Sirius: 81 (Indianapolis), 83 (New England); XM: 226 (Indianapolis), 225 (New England)

Referee: Shawn Hochuli

Injury Report

Indianapolis
OUT: TE John Doyle (Hip), T Denzelle Good (Not Injury Related), WR Eugene Hilton (Chest), CB Kenny Moore (Concussion), DT Hassan Ridgeway (Calf), CB Quincy Wilson (Concussion), RB Marlon Mack (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Darius Leonard (Ankle), K Adam Vinatieri (Right Groin), T Anthony Castonzo (Hamstring), S Clayton Geathers (Knee), CB Nathan Hairston (Ankle), C Ryan Kelly (Hand)

New England
QUESTIONABLE: TE Rob Gronkowski (Ankle), CB Nelson Rowe (Groin), DT Adam Butler (Knee), WR Josh Gordon (Hamstring), DE Geneo Grissom (Ankle), TE Jacob Hollister (Chest), LB Elandon Roberts (Calf), DT Danny Shelton (Elbow)

Weather – Mostly cloudy and 65 degrees

Broadcast Information and Injury Report courtesy the National Football League, odds courtesy Don Best, weather information courtesy The Weather Channel. (Note: Weather information is based on kickoff local time) 

Minnesota (1-1-1) at Los Angeles Rams (3-0), 8:20 p.m. on FOX, Amazon and NFL Network. Week 4 gets underway on Thursday as the Minnesota Vikings travel to the West Coast for a prime time meeting with the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to take on the Los Angeles Rams in a matchup of 2017 NFC playoff teams.

The Vikings come westward after their 27-6 loss to Buffalo at US Bank Stadium. Minnesota was outrushed by the Bills 128-14 and trailed 27-0 at the intermission before tallying their only points of the contest with 2:59 left to play when Kirk Cousins and KYle Rudolph connected on a 4-yard TD pass (Minnesota missed the extra point). Buffalo on third down tries in the Land of 10,000 Lakes went 4 of 13 on third down (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and held the ball for 35:45, while the Vikings kept the ball for 24:15, going 5 of 14 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down in the loss.

The Rams improved to 3-0, winning the battle of Los Angeles 35-23 over the Chargers at the Coliseum. The defending NFC West champs led 21-13 at the intermission, then floored the gas in the second half, outscoring the Bolts 14-10 to take the win. The Rams outrushed the Chargers 171-141, with RB Todd Gurley leading the way with 105 yards and a TD, while Jarred Goff threw for 354 yards and three TDs, connecting with WR Robert Woods on two of the tosses (Philip Rivers threw for 226 and a pair of TDs for the Chargers). The Rams were 8 of 11 on third down and held the ball for 34:16, while the Chargers were 7 of 13 and 1 of 2 on third and fourth down, keeping the ball for 25:44.

Minnesota leads the series 22-14-2 (which includes games that were played in Bloomington, Anaheim and St. Louis) and the Vikings have outscored the Rams 868-820. Their last meeting was last year in the Twin Cities (the Vikings have won the last five contests, Los Angeles’ last win in the series came in 2006 in the Twin Cities by a final of 41-21), when the Vikings came away 24-7 winners. The week 11 meeting at US Bank Stadium saw Minnesota break a 7-7 tie at the half and score their final 17 points of the contest in the fourth quarter unchallenged. While holding the Rams to 45 yards rushing, the Vikings scampered for 171 yards of their own, with Case Keenum throwing for 280 yards with a TD, while Goff threw for 225 yards with a pair of sacks (neither man threw an interception). Minnesota was 7 of 14 on third down (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 37:22, while the Rams, who would hold the ball for 22:38, went 3 of 11 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

In the week 11 contest in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, Minnesota covered the 2-point spread, winning by 17 at US Bank Stadium. As for the 46 over/under? It was untouched, as both teams merged for 31 points. The oddsmakers like the Rams on the West Coast as 6 1/2 point favorites and the over/under’s 50. Both numbers sound reasonable. The Vikings are trying to right their ship after their loss at home, while the Rams want to stay in the land of the unbeatens for a while longer. Rams cover the 6 1/2 and win at home on the West Coast.

Amazon Prime will stream the 11 Thursday Night Football games broadcast by FOX, which will also be simulcast on NFL Network and distributed in Spanish on FOX Deportes, once again securing the league’s “Tri-Cast” model of broadcast (FOX), cable (NFL Network, FOX Deportes), and digital (Amazon Prime Video) distribution.

Broadcast Information – 8:20 p.m. on FOX, Amazon and NFL Network: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (Field reporter), Kristina Pink (Field reporter)NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kenny Albert, Tony Boselli | SIRIUS: 81 (Min), 83 (LAR) | XM: 226 (Min), 225 (LAR)

Referee: Brad Allen

Injury Report

Minnesota
OUT: DE Everson Griffen (Knee), DB Marcus Shereis (Ribs)
QUESTIONABLE: RB Dalvin Cook (Hamstring), S Anthony Harris (Hamstring), DT Tom Johnson (Ankle), OT Riley Reiff (Foot)

Los Angeles Rams
DOUBTFUL: LB Mark Barron (Ankle)
OUT: WR JoJo Natson (Hand), K Greg Zuerlein (Groin)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Dominique Easley (Knee), CB Marcus Peters (Calf)

Weather: Partly cloudy and 80 degrees

Broadcast Information and injury report courtesy the National Football League, odds courtesy Don Best, weather information courtesy The Weather Channel (Note: weather information is based on kickoff local time)

New York Jets (1-1) at Cleveland (0-1-1), 8:20 p.m. on NFL Network. The youth movement will be on full display Thursday night as week 3 kicks off at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland as the Browns host the New York Jets at 8:20 p.m. on NFL Network. Both clubs look to right their ships after losses in last Sunday’s action.

Cleveland saw a 12-3 lead at the end of the third quarter against Cleveland get away from them against New Orleans (the Browns led 9-3 at the half) and the Saints prevailed 21-18 in the Big Easy. The winless Browns saw Saints WR Michael Thomas catch a pair of Drew Brees TD passes, the first to pull them to within two with 8:41 left, then a catch that would give them the lead with 2:40 left before the Browns would tie the contest with 76 seconds left in regulation when WR Anthony Calloway and QB Tyrod Taylor hooked up on a 47-yard toss (Cleveland would miss the PAT). New Orleans went back to work and used a 6-play, 49-yard drive that used only 55 seconds, with K Will Lutz sending Saints fans home happy when he connected on a 44-yard field goal with 21 seconds left. The Browns did manage to outrush New Orleans 93-62, with Brees throwing for 243, while Taylor threw for 246 and a TD (each was sacked three times and picked off once). Cleveland was 4 of 12 on third down (they were 1 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 27:19, while the Saints ruled the clock and kept the pigskin for 32:41, going 3 of 12 on third down tries.

Last week, Jets rookie quarterback Sam Darnaold made his first start at home, passing for 334 yards with one touchdown and safety Jamal Adams and linebacker Jordan Jenkins each recorded a sack and forced fumble but it wasn’t enough as the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! took a 20-12 loss to Miami last Sunday. Darnold, who was selected with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, became the youngest player in NFL history (21 years, 103 days old) to throw for at least 300 yards in a single game, surpassing the previous record held by Jacky Lee (21 years, 137 days old), who threw for 331 yards on November 25, 1960. Miami outrushed GangGreen 135-42 and Ryan Tannehill threw for 168 yards and a pair of TDs, despite being sacked four times. The Dolphins, who led 20-0 at the intermission, were 6 of 13 on third down tries and kept the ball for 28:25, while the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! were rulers of the clock, keeping the ball for 31:35, going 3 for 10 on third downs.

The series is even at 12-12 and the Browns have outscored GangGreen 490-486. However, the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! have won the last five meetings, including taking a 17-14 win in Cleveland last year (Cleveland’s last win came in 2007 in the Meadowlands by a final of 24-18).

GangGreen took a 3-0 lead to the intermission in the week five matchup, then held off a late Cleveland rally to seal the deal along the shores of Lake Erie. Cleveland outrushed New York outgaining the Jets 419-212 in total offense (Cleveland outrushed the Jets 140-34) in the contest but opportunities plagued the Browns throughout the contest as the team had two red zone turnovers (one fumble and one interception) and two missed field goals. Cleveland would pull to within three with 1:49 left when Browns QB Kevin Hogan (who took over for DeShone Kizer) and RB Duke Johnson Jr. connected on a 41-yard TD toss. The Browns then went for the onside kick, which GangGreen recovered and they would run out the clock and take the win. Kizer threw for 87 yards with a sack in the loss, while Hogan threw for 194 and two TDS (Josh McCown threw for 194 yards and a pair of TDs for the victorious Jets). The J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! were 4 of 12 on third down at FirstEnergy Stadium and kept the ball for 25:34, while the Browns ruled the clock, holding the ball for 34:26, going 6 of 14 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

Cleveland was favored by 2 in the week five contest along the shores of Lake Erie and GangGreen covered the spread with their 3-point win. The 39 over/under was untouched as both clubs merged to score 31 points. Cleveland’s favored by 3 in the Thursday night contest along the shores of Lake Erie and the over/under’s 39 1/2. Both numbers sound reasonable and both offenses can score when they need to. Could the Bud Light beer fridge be opened? Cleveland fans can belly up to the bar. Browns cover at home in the Dawg Pound and wins at home.

Broadcast Information – 8:20 p.m. on NFL Network: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (Field reporter), Kristina Pink (Field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Tony Boselli; SIRIUS: 81 (New York Jets), 83 (Cleveland); XM: 226 (New York Jets), 225 (Cleveland )

Referee: Jerome Boger

Injury Report

New York Jets
DOUBTFUL: S Marcus Maye (Foot)
OUT: LB Josh Martin (Concussion), TE Neal Sterling (Concussion)

Cleveland
DOUBTFUL: LB Christian Kirksey (Shoulder)
OUT: TE Seth DeValve (Hamstring), DE Emmaniel Ogbah (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: S Damarious Randall (Heel), WR Jarvis Landry (Knee)

Weather: Mostly clear and 81 degrees

Broadcast Information and Injury Report courtesy the National Football League, odds courtesy Don Best, weather information courtesy The Weather Channel. Note: Weather information is based on kickoff local time)

Baltimore (1-0) at Cincinnati (1-0), 8:20 p.m. on NFL Network. A pair of undefeated AFC North rivals meet along the shores of the Ohio River as Joe Flacco and the Ravens travel to Cincinnati to open week two action against Andy Dalton and the Bengals.

In the 44 meetings between the Ravens and Bengals, each team has won 22 games and Baltimore has outscored the Bengals 942-814. They split last year’s contests, each taking wins in the other team’s facility in a series that bookended the 2017 campaign.

Both teams are entering the Thursday night contest with wins under their belts in the season opener for both clubs. Cincinnati running back Joe Mixon recorded 149 scrimmage yards (95 rushing, 54 receiving) and a rushing touchdown and wide receiver A.J. Green had six catches for 92 yards and a touchdown in the Bengals’ 34-23 victory at Indianapolis. Dalton threw for 243 yards and a pair of TDs as the Bengals scored 24 unanswered points in the second half, punctuated by an 83-yard fumble-return touchdown by safety Clayton Fejedelem with 24 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins, who recorded a sack in Week 1, has 62 sacks since entering the league in 2010, the most among NFL defensive tackles over the span. While rushing for 101 yards, the Bengals, who trailed the Colts 16-10 at the half, held Indianpolis to 75 yards on the ground and sacked Andrew Luck (319 yards, 2 TDs) twice. Cincinnati, outscoring Indy 24-7 in the final 30 minutes of play, went 4 of 8 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 27:12, while the Colts had time on their side (apologies to Mick Jagger!) and held the ball for 32:48, going 11 of 17 on third down conversions.

Flacco completed 25 of 34 passes and threw three touchdowns, including scoring passes to John Brown, Michael Crabtree and Willie Snead in each of their team debuts, as the Ravens defeated Buffalo 47-3 on Kickoff Weekend in Charm City. The Ravens had six different players score an offensive touchdown in the contest. Baltimore linebacker C.J. Mosley is the only NFL player with at least 450 tackles (474), eight sacks (eight) and eight interceptions (eight) since entering the league in 2014. The Ravens led 26-0 at the intermission and took a 40-3 lead into the fourth quarter as they manhandled the team that replaced them in the 2017 post-season. Holding the Bills to 83 yards, Baltimore ran for 117 yards and Flacco threw for 236 yards with the three TDs and no interceptions, while Nate Peterman was sacked three times, throwing for 24 yards. The Ravens in their opener win were 6 of 14 on third down and kept the ball for 35:14, while the Bills kept the ball for 24:46 and went 2 of 15 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

Thursday’s contest marks the first of seven exclusively televised games on NFL Network this season and will be produced by FOX. The game will feature Joe Buck, Pro Football Hall of Famer Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews, Kristina Pink and Mike Pereira on the call.

They meet in Cincy in week one and Baltimore shut out the Bengals 20-0 at Paul Brown Stadium. Taking a 17-0 lead with them to the intermission, the Ravens tacked on a 25-yard field goal by Jeff Tucker in the third quarter to close out the scoring in the contest. Flacco threw for 121 yards and a TD to WR Jeremy Maclin, while RB Terrance West had the other Ravens TD. Baltimore held Cincy to 77 yards rushing, tallying 157 of their own and sacking Dalton (170 yards) five times, picking him off four times. The Ravens were 6 of 14 on third down tries in the season opener, keeping the ball for 34 minutes, while the Bengals kept the ball for 26, going 4 of 13 on third down and 0 of 1 on fourth down.

They would meet again in Charm City to close the 2017 campaign out and for the Ravens, it was a game they needed to win to have any chance of a playoff spot but it was the Bengals that played the role of spoiler in the late-afternoon affair at M&T Bank Stadium, as Cincy would get revenge on their AFC North foes, knocking the Ravens out of the post-season and coming away 31-27 winners. The Bengals led 17-10 at the break and took a 24-20 lead with 13:08 left in regulation before the Ravens took their only lead with 8:48 left as Flacco and WR Mike Wallace connected on a 6-yard TD toss, leading 27-24.

That lead and the hopes of the Ravens going to the playoffs (Buffalo had won in Miami earlier that afternoon) were dashed late in the quarter as they would punt the ball back to Cincinnati with 2:51 to go in the game. Dalton then marched his team 90 yards on 10 plays, including a heartbreaking 49-yard TD pass on fourth-and-12 to WR Tyler Boyd with :44 seconds left in the game. During the drive, Ravens S Eric Weddle intercepted a pass, but it was negated due to a defensive holding penalty. Cincinnati outrushed Baltimore 146-118 and Dalton threw for 222 yards with three TDs, including the game winner, while Flacco accounted for 203 yards with a pair of TDs and an  interception. The Bengals were 5 of 15 on third down (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down and held the ball for 28:39, while the Ravens ruled the clock and held on to the pigskin for 31:21, going 5 of 17 and 1 of 2 on third and fourth downs.

The Bengals were favored by 3 in the first meeting in Cincy and Baltimore’s 20-point win allowed them to cover the spread with ease. As for the 42 over/under? It was untouched as Baltimore accounted for all 20 of the points in the contest. In the season finale, the game that Baltimore needed to get into the post-season, the Ravens were 9 1/2 point favorites and Cincy won that contest by 4. The two teams did manage to cover the 40 1/2 over/under, tallying 58 total points. The boys and girls in Vegas like the Bengals as a 1-point favorite with the over/under at 44. Baltimore would love to get some revenge on Cincinnati for knocking them out of the post-season, while the Bengals would love nothing more than to prove that it was not a fluke. Bengals cover the 1 and takes the win at home.

Broadcast Information – 8:20 p.m. on NFL Network: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (Field reporter), Kristina Pink (Field reporter) NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Tony Boselli; SIRIUS: 81 (Baltimore), 83 (Cincinnati); XM: 226 (Baltimore), 225 (Cincinnati)

Referee – Walt Anderson

Injury Report

Baltimore
OUT: CB Maurice Canady (Thigh), RB Kenneth Dixon (Knee), DT Willie Henry (Abdomen), TE Hayden Hurst (Foot)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Janarion Grant (Hand)

Cincinnati
DOUBTFUL: WR Corey Core (Back)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Preston Brown (Ankle)

Weather Outlook – Mostly clear and 77 degrees

Broadcast information and injury report courtesy the National Football League, odds courtesy Don Best, weather information courtesy The Weather Channel (None: weather is based on kickoff local time)

 

FOX Sports Pro Football Hall of Famers Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long and Michael Strahan will headline a new THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PREGAME SHOW live from New York City for the 2018 NFL season. Beginning in Week 4, the new THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PREGAME SHOW will air at 7:30 p.m. Eastern on the FOX broadcast network and NFL Network, taking viewers up to kickoff.

Each and every week of the 2018 Thursday Night Football, Presented by Bud Light schedule will begin at 6 p.m. on NFL Network with Thursday Night Football Gameday. The Hall of Fame cast from NFL Network will get viewers ready for the NFL week and set the table for the upcoming Thursday Night game leading into the new THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PREGAME SHOW. Over the next hour, the trio of Bradshaw, Long and Strahan, with additional insight and commentary from NFL Network analysts, will breakdown the night’s matchup from all angles and provide the final say leading up to kick-off. (Complete talent details will be announced prior to the start of the 2018 season)

In January, FOX Sports was awarded a five-year deal for Thursday Night Football that includes games between Weeks 4-15 (excluding Thanksgiving night) to be broadcast on FOX, simulcast via NFL Network and distributed in Spanish on FOX Deportes.

“Securing this trio of Hall of Famers to lead our inaugural THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PREGAME SHOW was paramount in continuing the NFL’s goal of establishing this night as appointment viewing,” Eric Shanks, President and Executive Producer, FOX Sports told USA Today. “Terry, Howie and Michael, along with our partners at NFL Network, will set the weekly tone with expert analysis and special guests for a dynamic lead-in to each Thursday Night matchup.”

As the host of the THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PREGAME SHOW, Strahan, a veteran on-air personality covering news, sports and entertainment is the first former professional athlete in the host role on a FOX NFL studio show. Strahan, Bradshaw and Long remain analysts on FOX NFL SUNDAY alongside Emmy-nominated host Curt Menefee and former coach Jimmy Johnson.

“I’m very fortunate to be part of award winning teams with Good Morning America and FOX NFL Sunday,” said Strahan. “I am looking forward to expanding FOX’s presence with the NFL and bringing the viewers a great evening of Thursday Night Football.”

In its 25th season of NFL coverage, the new THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PREGAME SHOW will be FOX Sports first New York City-based live NFL studio show, complementing FOX NFL SUNDAY, the No. 1 NFL pregame show for the last 24 seasons and the network’s signature program, of which Bradshaw and Long have been an integral part since its inception in 1994.

The new THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PREGAME SHOW will be produced by Executive Vice President, Production, Bill Richards, who also oversees FOX NFL SUNDAY.

For football fans, it was “Must See TV” and the networks couldn’t be any happier.

The 2018 NFL Draft is one for the record books. With a combined 3.57 HH rating and 5.5M viewers, the 2018 NFL Draft is officially the highest rated and most-watched Draft ever.

The 2018 NFL Draft was covered across NFL Network, FOX, ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes and the broad distribution helped grow the combined rating and viewership by 25% and 20% respectively over 2017.

The expanded coverage of the 2018 NFL Draft marked the first time ever that the entirety of the live three-day event was aired on broadcast television.

The three-day event produced strong results from start to finish as Thursday’s coverage of Round One resulted in a combined 7.0 HH rating (+27% y/y) and 11.2 million viewers (+22% y/y) making it the second most-watched watched Draft day ever, while Saturday’s combined TV viewership resulted in an average of 2.9 million viewers making it the most watched Draft Day 3 ever.

2018 NFL Draft Round and Where Fans Watched (all times Eastern)

Round 1: Thursday, April 26 • 8 p.m. on NFL Network, FOX, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes; NFL, FOX Sports and ESPN digital properties

Rounds 2-3: Friday, April 27 • 7 p.m. on NFL Network, FOX, ESPN/ESPN2; NFL, FOX Sports and ESPN digital properties

Rounds 4-7: Saturday, April 28 • Noon on NFL Network, ABC, ESPN; NFL and ESPN digital properties

TV figures include ESPN and ESPN2 digital viewing which is measured by Nielsen but exclude FOX and NFL digital viewing.