What channel is Bills vs. Saints on today? Time, TV schedule for 2021 NFL Thanksgiving game



There’s nothing better than dessert on Thanksgiving, and the nightcap of the NFL’s Thanksgiving Day games figures to be sweet. The Bills and the Saints will square off in a key battle between teams that are fighting to stay relevant in their divisions and in the crazy Wild Card races in the AFC and NFC.

The Bills are currently embroiled in a tight battle with the Patriots for the top spot in the AFC East. Buffalo was once considered the best team in the AFC, but it has lost three of its last five games and is trailing the Patriots slightly in the divisional race. Josh Allen and the Bills’ offense will need to show up and play well against a Saints defense that has had issues of late.

The Saints have now dropped three games in a row, and the team’s offense is struggling immensely. Trevor Siemian threw two interceptions, including a pick-six, against the Eagles in Week 11. New Orleans’ offense struggled to move the ball without Alvin Kamara and the team’s top two offensive tackles, but if they return against the Bills, they will be in better shape to compete.

New Orleans is not far behind the Buccaneers in the NFC South race, but they are bunched up with both the Panthers and Falcons, who are within striking distance of the Saints in the Wild Card race.

Here’s what you need to know to watch Bills vs. Saints this Sunday, including kickoff time, TV channels, and the full Thanksgiving Day NFL schedule.

MORE: Watch Bills vs. Saints live with fuboTV (7-day trial)

What channel is Bills vs. Saints on today?

  • TV channel: NBC
  • Live stream: Peacock, fuboTV

NBC will broadcast the Bills vs. Saints game on Thanksgiving. While the game is taking place on Thursday night, it is not a “Thursday Night Football” game. That property is owned by Fox, so technically, this will be a “Sunday Night Football” game.

The NBC broadcast will look a bit different on Thanksgiving than normal as well. Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth will have the day off, so Mike Tirico and Drew Brees are expected to be on the call. Kathryn Tappen could appear on the sidelines in place of Michele Tafoya as well.

Streamers will be able to watch this contest by using fuboTV, which offers a 7-day free trial.

Meanwhile, viewers in Canada can watch the game on DAZN free with a 30-day trial.

Bills vs. Saints start time

  • Date: Thursday, Nov. 25
  • Time: 8:20 p.m. ET

The Bills vs. Saints time is set to begin at 8:20 p.m. ET. That’s the same time that all of the NFL’s Thursday night games will begin in 2021.

Buffalo Bills schedule 2021

Week Date Opponent Kickoff time  TV
1 Sept. 12 vs. Steelers 1 p.m. ET CBS
2 Sept. 19 at Dolphins 1 p.m. ET Fox
3 Sept. 26 vs. Washington Football Team 1 p.m. ET Fox
4 Oct. 3 vs. Texans 1 p.m. ET CBS
5 Oct. 10 (SNF) at Chiefs 8:20 p.m. ET NBC
6 Oct. 18 (MNF) at Titans 8:15 p.m. ET ESPN
7 Oct. 24 Bye week
8 Oct. 31 vs. Dolphins 1 p.m. ET CBS
9 Nov. 7 at Jaguars 1 p.m. ET CBS
10 Nov. 14 at Jets 1 p.m. ET CBS
11 Nov. 21 vs. Colts 1 p.m. ET CBS
12 Nov. 25 (Thanksgiving) at Saints 8:20 p.m. ET NBC
13 Dec. 6 vs. Patriots 8:15 p.m. ET ESPN
14 Dec. 12 at Buccaneers 4:25 p.m. ET CBS
15 Dec. 18 or 19 (TBD) vs. Panthers TBD TBD
16 Dec. 26 at Patriots 1 p.m. ET CBS
17 Jan. 2 vs. Falcons 1 p.m. ET Fox
18 Jan. 9 vs. Jets 1 p.m. ET CBS

New Orleans Saints schedule 2021

Week Date Opponent Kickoff time TV
1 Sept. 12 vs. Packers 4:25 p.m. ET Fox
2 Sept. 19 at Panthers 1 p.m. Fox
3 Sept. 26 at Patriots 1 p.m. Fox
4 Oct. 3 vs. Giants 1 p.m. Fox
5 Oct. 10 at WFT 1 p.m. CBS
6 Oct. 17 Bye
7 Oct. 25 at Seahawks 8:15 p.m. ESPN
8 Oct. 31 vs. Bucs 4:25 p.m. Fox
9 Nov. 7 vs. Falcons 1 p.m. Fox
10 Nov. 14 at Titans 1 p.m. CBS
11 Nov. 21 at Eagles 1 p.m. Fox
12 Nov. 25 vs. Bills 8:20 p.m. NBC
13 Dec. 2 vs. Cowboys 8:20 p.m. Fox/NFLN/Amazon
14 Dec. 12 at Jets 1 p.m. Fox
15 Dec. 19 at Bucs 8:20 p.m. NBC
16 Dec. 27 vs. Dolphins 8:15 p.m. ESPN
17 Jan. 2 vs. Panthers 1 p.m. Fox
18 Jan. 9 at Falcons 1 p.m. Fox

Thanksgiving football schedule 2021

Here’s a look at the full NFL schedule for Thanksgiving 2021. As always, the Lions will play in the early game while the Cowboys will play in the afternoon game.

Game Kickoff time TV channel
Bears at Lions 12:30 p.m. ET Fox, fuboTV
Raiders at Cowboys 4:30 p.m. ET Fox, fuboTV
Bills at Saints 8:20 p.m. ET NBC, fuboTV


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