NFL Network’s ‘Thursday Night Football’ — Houston Texans at Jacksonville Jaguars — Thursday, Dec. 5 at 8:00 PM ET

‘Craftsman Presents NFL Total Access Kickoff’ Pregame Show Live from Jacksonville & Los Angeles at 6:00 PM ET

The eighth season of NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football continues this week when running back Maurice Jones-Drew and the Jacksonville Jaguars host wide receiver Andre Johnson and the Houston Texans Thursday, December 5 at 8:00 PM ET in an AFC South divisional matchup.

Play-by-play announcer Brad Nessler and two-time Emmy-nominated analyst Mike Mayock call the game in their third season together, and Alex Flanagan provides reports from the sidelines.

NFL Network’s Craftsman Presents NFL Total Access Kickoff pregame show is live from the stadium starting at 6:00 PM ET. This week, host Rich Eisen is joined by Hall of Famers Deion Sanders and Michael Irvin live from EverBank Field in Jacksonville. Analysts Marshall Faulk, Steve Mariucci and Willie McGinest, and host Dan Hellie provide additional analysis from NFL Network’s Los Angeles studios.

Featured on the pregame show this week:

  • Preview of the final quarter of the season – who will make the playoffs and who will be on the outside looking in?
  • Sink or Swim – which teams will fall out of the playoff race, and which teams have staying power?
  • Will the Carolina Panthers catch the New Orleans Saints in the NFC South?
  • Which team is built to win on the road in Seattle?
  • The NFL Total Access Kickoff crew analyzes head coach John Fox’s return to the Denver Broncos, and discusses what they learned about the team in the past three weeks
  • How did the Kansas City Chiefs go from 9-0 to three consecutive losses?
  • Who will win the NFC East?

Through 11 games of its 13-game schedule, Thursday Night Football is averaging a 4.78 US HH rating (+9% vs. 2012 average) and 7.70 million viewers (+11% vs. 2012 average) – on pace to be the highest-rated and most-watched Thursday Night Football season ever.

International award-winning actress and recording artist Priyanka Chopra’s track “In My City” is the new theme for Thursday Night Football. This is Chopra’s second year being featured on NFL Network as last season she kicked off the Thursday Night Football pregame show. For a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the Thursday Night Football open “In My City,” visit http://on.nfl.com/15RxswV.

Eisen, Sanders and Irvin provide additional analysis on the Lexus Halftime Show and the postgame show. Following the game, hosts Dan Hellie and Amber Theoharis, and NFL Network analysts Heath Evans and Willie McGinest will deliver a postgame edition of NFL Total Access live from NFL Network’s studios in Los Angeles.

As part of the NFL’s recently announced partnership with Twitter, in-game highlights will be accessible for Twitter users on PCs, tablets, and mobile devices from Thursday Night Football. The in-game highlights on Twitter are in addition to other game footage, news, analysis, fantasy football advice, and voting platforms from NFL Network and NFL.com that are part of a seven-day-a-week customized NFL video content programming schedule created specifically for the Twitter platform (twitter.com/NFL).

Thursday Night Football on NFL.com/NFL Mobile

Each week starting at 8:00 PM ET, NFL.com Live: Thursday Night Football returns as the true companion for NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football. New this season, the live look-ins on NFL.com Live: Thursday Night Football feature exclusive coaches’ angles, which include the “All-22,” “High End Zone” and Cable Cam angles. Additionally, the NFL Digital Media production will provide its own play-by-play and analysis for the first time, with Matt “Money” Smith on the call and Solomon Wilcots as analyst. Rebecca Haarlow will be live on-location providing sideline commentary to the broadcast.

From the NFL Network studios, Elliot Harrison is joined alongside analysts Daniel Jeremiah and Bucky Brooks to provide instant studio analysis to live game action. Dave Dameshek and Crystina Poncher will be NFL.com Live: Thursday Night Football’s social media correspondents, and various NFL Network analysts will join the broadcast throughout the season. To watch each NFL.com Live: Thursday Night Football broadcast, visit NFL.com.

As part of the recently redesigned NFL Mobile from Verizon app, fans can follow Thursday Night Football on the go with TNF Xtra. TNF Xtra is a free, downloadable feature on the NFL Mobile app, which offers a comprehensive second-screen companion to NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football broadcast. TNF Xtra is live at 7:30 PM ET each Thursday during NFL Network’s 13-game broadcast schedule, and features live video updates from sideline reporter Rebecca Haarlow, social media integration, trivia and polls throughout the game, relevant historical facts, statistics and profiles, and instant photos live from the game. Visit NFL.com/xtra on your mobile device to download NFL Mobile.

Additionally, for Verizon subscribers the newly redesigned NFL Mobile app enables users with a premium subscription to watch a live feed of Thursday Night Football directly from their mobile device, in addition to NFL Network, NFL RedZone and live NFL game action Sunday and Monday night. All NFL Mobile from Verizon users, regardless of their wireless provider, can watch exclusive NFL highlights and video clips on their mobile device.

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