It is assumed that all or part of the Thursday night packet may go out to bid to various networks. Currently 8 games have been carried on the NFL Network. In a competitive bidding situation the NFL could realize over $1 billion in TV rights for these games. Recently ESPN paid close to $2 billion for Monday Night Football rights through 2023.
It is unclear whether NFL Network would retain any of the Thursday night games. Having a game on Thursday night for 16 weeks would mean there are NFL games on Thursday, Sunday and Monday, and come December, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.