What time is the NFL game tonight? TV schedule, channel for Buccaneers vs. Bears in Week 5

"Thursday Night Football" will kick off at its usual time to begin Week 5 with a matchup of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Chicago Bears, now with increased TV viewing options.

The 8:20 p.m. ET kickoff will now include a simulcast of NFL Network with cable network Fox through Week 16. That means you can possibly watch Tom Brady's first prime-time game with the Bucs on two channels of your television at once. He'll be opposed by Nick Foles, who took over for Mitchell Trubisky in Chicago and makes this a Super Bowl LII rematch. 

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Both teams enter Thursday night's game at 3-1, although moving in opposite directions. Tampa Bay has won its last three contests after losing in its opener against the Saints. On the other side, the Bears' switch to Nick Foles worked in a Week 3 comeback to move to 3-0, but then he struggled in Week 4 in Chicago's first loss of the season. After acquiring Foles in the offseason, the Bears should stick with him for a while even coming off that first defeat.

Brady could find throwing a bit difficult against the Bears, who have given up ample yardage but have been stingy in the red zone, allowing only three passing touchdowns through four weeks. Foles could again find up-hill sledding against Tampa Bay's defense, which is one of the league's most underrated units.

Below is everything to know about the TV schedule for Thursday night's game at Soldier Field, plus a look at the rest of Week 5.

What time is the NFL game tonight?

  • Game: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Chicago Bears
  • Date: Thursday, Oct. 8
  • Kickoff time: 8:20 p.m. ET

All Thursday night games throughout the 2020 NFL season will start at 8:20 p.m. ET, though the TV viewing options (more on those below) have expanded with the beginning of Week 5 upon us.

This will be Brady's prime-time debut as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and it'll come against the Bears playing their first prime-time game of the season, as well. Brady and the Bucs will get used to playing at night - from Weeks 7 through 9, they'll play in prime time each week.

The Bears will also make it back on prime time in Week 7, when they'll take on the Los Angeles Rams on "Monday Night Football."

What channel is Buccaneers vs. Bears on today?

Week 5 is here, and that means that all "Thursday Night Football games" through Week 16 will be simulcast on cable network Fox in addition to the usual NFL Network. Amazon Prime's streaming service has also begun streaming the Thursday night games beginning with Week 5.

NFL Network is available via most cable providers in the United States. 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).

NFL live stream for Buccaneers vs. Bears

The live stream options have expanded with the expansion of the television offerings for "Thursday Night Football" in Week 5. In addition to Amazon Prime Video now offering the game, cable subscribers can view the game's Fox broadcast through the Fox Sports Go app on your mobile devices.

Below are all of the live streaming options for "Thursday Night Football" in 2020.

NFL schedule Week 5

Buccaneers at Bears kicks off a week with 15 scheduled games in the NFL as the Packers and Lions are the first two teams with scheduled byes. The week starts with Tom Brady and concludes with Drew Brees, a bookend of future Hall of Famers. 

In between, you'll get the chance to watch Russell Wilson continue making his MVP case on "Sunday Night Football," while Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs and Lamar Jackson and the Ravens both play in the 1 p.m. ET window Sunday.

Below is the complete schedule for Week 5 of the 2020 NFL season.

Thursday, Oct. 8

Game Time (ET) TV channel
Buccaneers at Bears 8:20 p.m. Fox, NFL Network, fuboTV

Sunday, Oct. 11

Game Time (ET) TV channel
Rams at WFT 1 p.m. Fox, fuboTV
Bills at Titans 1 p.m. CBS, fuboTV
Eagles at Steelers 1 p.m. Fox, fuboTV
Cardinals at Jets 1 p.m. Fox, fuboTV
Raiders at Chiefs 1 p.m. CBS, fuboTV
Jaguars at Texans 1 p.m. CBS, fuboTV
Bengals at Ravens 1 p.m. CBS, fuboTV
Panthers at Falcons 1 p.m. FOX, fuboTV
Dolphins at 49ers 4:05 p.m. Fox, fuboTV
Giants at Cowboys 4:25 p.m. CBS, fuboTV
Colts at Browns 4:25 p.m. CBS, fuboTV
Broncos at Patriots 4:25 p.m. CBS, fuboTV
Vikings at Seahawks 8:20 p.m. NBC, fuboTV

Monday, Oct. 12

Game Time (ET) TV channel
Chargers at Saints 8:15 p.m. ESPN, fuboTV

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