CBS landed an eight-game package of Thursday night NFL games for next season.

The games will air early in the season and will be simulcast on NFL Network, which will televise eight late-season ames.

“NFL Network built Thursday into a night for NFL fans," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said. “Our goal is to bring these games to more fans on broadcast television with unprecedented promotion and visibility for Thursday Night Football on CBS.”

"We are very pleased to build on our outstanding partnership with the NFL by expanding our coverage to Thursday nights," CBS president Leslie Moonves said. "CBS is a premium content company and the NFL represents the best premium content there is. I look forward to all this new deal will do for us not only on Thursday nights, but across our entire schedule."

“The NFL is the most powerful programming in television,” CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus said. “To add a primetime NFL package to our successful Sunday AFC package further strengthens our position in the sports marketplace. We look forward to having Jim and Phil and our top production team showcased in prime time on Thursday nights.”

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun