NFL Network broadcasts to expand on Thursdays

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced Friday that Thursday Night Football on the NFL Network will expand to covers weeks 2 through 15 this season, and that each team will have at least one prime time game this year.

The opening game of the season has become a Thursday night affair with the Super Bowl winner hosting that game on NBC to kick off the new season. In all, there will be 13 game shown on NFL Network on Thursday nights this year, with week 12's game, the Thanksgiving Day evening contest, also being moved to NBC.

“Adding these games to the NFL Network schedule will give more players, teams, and cities the primetime stage,” Goodell said. “Our fans can now get an early start on the NFL weekend in the season’s first 15 weeks.”

The move certainly gives some of the smaller market teams and teams coming off poor seasons added exposure that they haven't gotten in years past. In the past, surprise teams who improve unexpectedly like San Francisco, Denver and Cincinnati did this year, often get underexposed nationally until the postseason, so this move could help to remedy some of that.

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