The TV channel for tonight’s game between the Chiefs and the Texans is the same TV channel that has broadcast the last 14 Thursday night NFL season-openers. The 15th consecutive NFL kickoff game on cable network NBC, though, will be unique in the unfortunate reality of 2020.
This won’t be the Super Bowl celebration the Chiefs had hoped to receive. Because of the threat of COVID-19, only about 22 percent of Arrowhead Stadium’s capacity was allowed to be filled by fans. Which might not matter much to TV viewers, but the on-field experience will be unprecedented.
The relative lack of fans in the stadium is just one of many oddities TV viewers will see during NFL games during the pandemic. The league’s coronavirus protocols cover everything from the national anthem to the coin toss to media and team/league personnel on the sidelines. Get used to it, because this is how the NFL is mitigating health risks in an effort to keep the 2020 season on schedule.
As for the start time for Chiefs vs. Texans, the game won’t kick off until 8:20 p.m. ET, but the lengthy pregame show on NBC will start at 7 p.m. ET.
Below is everything to know about tonight’s broadcast of the NFL season-opener, plus the complete schedule for Week 1 of the 2020 season.
What channel is Chiefs vs. Texans on today?
The TV channel for the NFL’s annual season-opener is always a little confusing for viewers since it’s played on a Thursday night but technically is not a “Thursday Night Football” broadcast.
Because NBC broadcasts the season-opener as part of its rights package with the NFL, Chiefs vs. Texans will feature “Sunday Night Football” broadcast elements. That means NBC’s announcer duo of Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth will call the game, and Michele Tafoya will report from the sidelines.
Below are the top TV markets in the United States and the NBC affiliate/TV channel for each.
|Market||NBC TV channel (digital)|
|New York||4 (36)|
|Los Angeles||4 (36)|
|Dallas-Ft. Worth||5 (24)|
|San Francisco/Bay area||11 (12)|
|Washington D.C.||4 (48)|
|Tampa/St. Petersburg||8 (7)|
|Minneapolis-St. Paul||11 (11)|
|St. Louis||5 (35)|
|San Diego||39 (40)|
|Salt Lake City||5 (38)|
|San Antonio||3 (16)|
|Kansas City||41 (36)|
|Las Vegas||3 (22)|
|Oklahoma City||4 (27)|
|New Orleans||6 (43)|
This is the only Thursday night NFL game that will broadcast on NBC in 2020. Starting next week, all Thursday night games will be shown on NFL Network and, beginning in Week 5, simulcast on Fox.
What time is the Chiefs vs. Texans game on?
- Date: Thursday, Sept. 10
- Kickoff time: 8:20 p.m. ET
Kickoff for Chiefs vs. Texans won’t arrive until 8:20 p.m. ET, but this is the NFL season-opener, so a lengthy pre-game show is planned and scheduled to start at 7 p.m. ET on NBC.
Kansas City is in the central time zone, which makes for a 7:20 local kickoff time and a game that will begin in daylight but quickly transition into a contest under the Arrowhead Stadium lights.
All Thursday night games throughout the 2020 NFL season will start at 8:20 p.m. ET.
NFL live stream for Chiefs vs. Texans
The 2020 NFL season-opener is being broadcast on NBC, so the game will be available to stream live on NBCSports.com. This should be the preferred streaming method for anybody who has a cable/satellite subscription but is not able to get in front of a TV.
For cord-cutters, there are plenty of live-streaming options for Chiefs vs. Texans. Below are all of them.
NFL Week 1 schedule
Per tradition, Week 1 of the NFL season will begin with a Thursday night opener featuring the defending Super Bowl champs and will end with a “Monday Night Football” doubleheader.
Nestled between those primetime games and serving as the night cap of the first full Sunday of NFL football in 2020 might be the most intriguing game of the weekend. Cowboys at Rams on “Sunday Night Football” is juicy enough on its own, but it doubles as the national TV debut of LA’s SoFi Stadium. (The whole no-fans thing is a bit of a bummer.)
Below is the complete Week 1 schedule for the start of the 2020 NFL season.
Thursday, Sept. 10
|8:20 p.m. ET||Texans at Chiefs||NBC|
Sunday, Sept. 13
|1 p.m. ET||Eagles at Washington||Fox|
|1 p.m. ET||Dolphins at Patriots||CBS|
|1 p.m. ET||Packers at Vikings||Fox|
|1 p.m. ET||Colts at Jaguars||CBS|
|1 p.m. ET||Bears at Lions||Fox|
|1 p.m. ET||Raiders at Panthers||CBS|
|1 p.m. ET||Jets at Bills||CBS|
|1 p.m. ET||Browns at Ravens||CBS|
|1 p.m. ET||Seahawks at Falcons||Fox|
|4:05 p.m. ET||Chargers at Bengals||CBS|
|4:25 p.m. ET||Cardinals at 49ers||Fox|
|4:25 p.m. ET||Buccaneers at Saints||Fox|
|8:20 p.m. ET||Cowboys at Rams||NBC|
Monday, Sept. 14
|7:15 p.m. ET||Steelers at Giants||ESPN|
|10:10 p.m. ET||Titans at Broncos||ESPN|