Every week of the NFL season starts with a Thursday Night Football matchup. Here, we will look at the betting options for this week’s Thursday Night Football matchup and what impacts the line and odds.
While there is no Thursday Night Football remaining in the National Football League, Week 16 does bring some extra football. Christmas Day will feature a NFC battle between the Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints. This is on Friday. Then, on Saturday, a tripleheader of games, before the normal Sunday slate.
In the game on Christmas, the New Orleans Saints are coming off a loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. The Saints are the 2nd seed in the NFC, and will need help to regain the top spot. The Saints will take on a Vikings team that was eliminated from reaching the postseason with a home loss to the Bears last weekend. Minnesota is a touchdown underdog in this game.
The three games on Saturday include the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on the road at the Detroit Lions. The Buccaneers are -8 in this game and will be taking on a Detroit team that seems to have called it quits on the 2020 season. The middle game features the San Francisco 49ers at the Arizona Cardinals. This NFC West battle is important, as Arizona still has work to do to get into the postseason. Arizona sits at -4 in this game. Then, finally, the Saturday Night Football game features a pair of AFC teams getting together in Vegas. The Miami Dolphins are -2.5 on the road at the Raiders.
It certainly was not pretty, but in the end, the Los Angeles Chargers came away with a Thursday Night Football win to open up Week 15. The Chargers needed overtime but came away with a 30-27 win over the Raiders. The win for the Chargers pushed them to 5-9 on the season, while the Raiders dropped to 7-7.
Marcus Mariota came in and played quarterback for the Los Angeles Raiders, and was sharp. He took over for Derek Carr, who was injured late in the first quarter. Mariota finished with 226 passing yards and a touchdown, while also rushing for 88. Josh Jacobs carried the football 26 times for 76 yards and a touchdown in the game.
In the end, the inability of the defense to get off the field was the reason behind the Raiders loss. The loss, and their 7-7 record likely keeps them out of the postseason in the AFC.
Justin Herbert threw for 314 yards and 2 touchdowns, but his biggest play was the touchdown to win the game. Herbert crossed the goal line to win the game in overtime, with 1:32 remaining. The Chargers won the game despite Austin Ekeler, Mike Williams and Keenan Allen all playing, but banged up. Ekeler finished with 60 yards on the ground.
The Los Angeles Chargers will have a few extra days to get ready for the Week 16 affair against the Denver Broncos. The Raiders' next game comes on Saturday, December 26th, as they will host the Miami Dolphins.
In a game the New England Patriots really needed to win; they did not. Instead, they managed just a lone field goal and got smashed 24-3 by the Los Angeles Rams. The loss all but ended their playoff chances out of the AFC. The Patriots are now 6-7. For the Rams, they remained at the top of the NFC West. The Rams are 9-4 on the season.
Jared Goff got the party going on the first drive for the Rams. He finished the drive with a touchdown on the ground. Then, it was the Cam Akers show. The running back for the Rams finished the game with a career high 171 yards. He did not score a touchdown, but continued to torch the Patriots defense. Cooper Kupp scored the Rams receiving touchdown, with a 2 yards trike in the third quarter. He finished with 5 catches and 33 yards.
It was a big time struggle for Patriots quarterback Cam Newton. The signal caller threw it just 16 times, and finished with 119 yards and an interception. The lone points for the Patriots came from Nick Folk knocking down a field goal just before halftime. On the ground, Damien Harris ran the football 11 times for 50 yards.
The Patriots will have to pick things up quickly, as they have the Dolphins and Bills in their next two games. The Patriots are in Miami on December 20th and at home against Buffalo on December 28th. For the Rams, they will look to make it three in a row, as they host the Jets on Sunday. Following that, Los Angeles is in Seattle and then hosts the Cardinals.
With all the changes in the National Football League schedule, there was not a Week 13 Thursday Night Football game. The Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens played a rare Wednesday game, with Pittsburgh winning the game. The Week 14 affair of Thursday Night Football features the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams.
After the Patriots and Rams mix it up in Week 14, the following week Thursday Night Football remains out West. The Los Angeles Chargers are at the Las Vegas Raiders for a Week 15 battle. That’s the final Thursday Night Football game of the year. In Week 16 - things get a little crazy with No Thursday Night Football, but a Friday afternoon game. This is Christmas Day, and includes the Minnesota Vikings on the road at the New Orleans Saints.
That week then sees a trio of games on Saturday, with the remaining games being played on Sunday, and the Monday Night Football game. That of course leads to Week 17, which is the final week of the regular season. All 16 games in the National Football League will be played on Sunday that week. There are scheduled to be 13 games during the “early window” and 3 more in late afternoon. That should lead into the 2021 Playoffs.
Thanksgiving Day saw a pair of games in the National Football League. In the end, the Houston Texans and the Washington Football Team both picked up wins on the day.
Houston dropped 41 points on the road at Detroit and beat the Lions 41-25, while Washington also scored 41 and blasted the Cowboys 41-16.
Deshaun Watson finished with 318 passing yards and four touchdowns in the blowout win for Houston. The Texans defense did the job, including an interception return for a touchdown by JJ Watt and two fumble recoveries.
Will Fuller was the big man on campus for Houston with two touchdowns and 171 receiving yards. The Texans finished the game with 384 total yards of offense.
With the win, Houston moved to 4-7. The Lions are now also 4-7 and have now lost back to back games.
Despite having just four wins, the Washington Football Team now leads the NFC East division. This was their second win of the season over Dallas.
Antonio Gibson put Washington up 7-3 early. After falling behind 10-7, Washington outscored the Cowboys 34-6 the rest of the way.
Gibson scored three touchdowns in the game, all of them on the ground. Alex Smith did not need to do a lot, finishing with just 149 passing yards and a touchdown.
The loss for the Cowboys dropped them to 3-8 on the season.
Washington will play at Pittsburgh in Week 13 against the Steelers. Dallas has an unknown status for Week 13. The Cowboys were slated to take on Baltimore next Thursday, but the Ravens are playing Tuesday night against the Steelers, which would make a game two days later impossible.
Houston takes on divisional rival Indianapolis in Week 13, while the Lions will go to Chicago to take on the Bears.
The Seattle Seahawks picked up a much-needed win on Thursday Night Football to start Week 11. The Seahawks scored 16 first-half points and held on to win the game 28-21. The win for Seattle pushed them to 7-3, and first place in the NFC West. Arizona, with the loss, dropped to 6-4 on the season.
D.K. Metcalf caught the first touchdown of the game for 25 yards. After that, he was held relatively quiet, with just 46 yards and 3 receptions. Tyler Lockett led the way with 9 receptions and 67 yards. The run game was solid for Seattle, with Carlos Hyde getting in on the action 14 times for 79 yards and a score. Russell Wilson added 42 yards to his 197 passing yards in the game. The Seahawks nailed the game down late in the fourth quarter with safety, and then a field goal to put them up 7. The defense did the job down the stretch.
The Cardinals were coming in flying high following their hail mary win over Buffalo. Arizona scored three touchdowns in the game, but none in the first quarter. The touchdowns came on the ground from Kenyan Drake, and via the air with Chase Edmonds and Dan Arnold. Quarterback Kyler Murray finished the game with 269 passing yards and those 2 touchdowns. Arizona did not turn the ball over in the loss.
The Arizona Cardinals are in the mix for one of the three wildcard spots in the NFC. It will be a dog fight to the end for those teams involved. Arizona will play at New England in Week 12. For Seattle, they will have a little extra break, as they do not play until Monday Night Football. The Seahawks are at the Eagles on November 30th.
Week 10 of the NFL season saw the Indianapolis Colts down the Tennessee Titans 34-17 in the first game of the week on Thursday night. The game started well for the Titans, as they took a 10-7 lead midway through the second quarter.
The Titans also led 17-14 just before halftime. The Colts tied it at halftime, then over the entire second half, scoring all 17 points.
Philip Rivers was big for the Colts, throwing for 308 yards and a touchdown. Rivers helped control the game from start to finish for the Indianapolis offense.
The Colts' run game saw Nyheim Hines rush for 70 yards and a touchdown in the game. Rookie Michael Pittman Jr. had a break-out game for the Colts, finishing with 101 yards on seven receptions. Pittman had just 14 receptions through his first five games in the league.
Derrick Henry was solid for the Titans in the loss. The star running back finished with 103 yards but was unable to get into the end zone.
Ryan Tannehill was fairly ineffective for the Titans, completing just 15 out of 27 passes for 147 yards. Corey Davis led Tennessee with five receptions and 67 yards in the loss.
The win for the Colts pushed them to 6-3 on the season, while the Titans are also 6-3 with their loss. Indianapolis will host the Green Bay Packers in Week 11. The Titans follow up the loss by going to Baltimore in Week 11.
These same two teams play in Indianapolis on Nov. 29.
The Green Bay Packers made quick and easy work of the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday Night Football. The Packers jumped out to a 21-3 halftime lead and never looked back.
In fact, the Packers led 34-3 before allowing the 49ers to score the final two touchdowns of the game to make it 34-17. The win for Green Bay pushed it to 6-2 on the season, while San Francisco is now 4-5.
Aaron Rodgers was outstanding in this game, with 305 passing yards and four touchdowns. Davante Adams is his top target, and he was fantastic as well.
He finished the game with 10 receptions, 173 yards and a touchdown. Marquez Valdes-Scantling caught two passes in the game, both for touchdowns.
Despite being questionable for the game, the top running back for Green Bay, Aaron Jones, played and ran the football 15 times for 58 yards.
Nick Mullens got the start at quarterback for San Francisco and threw for 291 yards and a touchdown, as well as an interception. His lone touchdown pass came to Richie James.
James ended the game with a whopping 184 receiving yards. Jerrick McKinnon was the top running back option for the 49ers with 12 carries and 52 yards.
The Packers will take a few days off before jumping back into action in Week 10. Green Bay goes home and will take on the Jacksonville Jaguars next Sunday.
San Francisco will find things to be no easier, as their next three games are at the Saints, at the Rams, and hosting the Bills. They have a Week 11 bye to try to get themselves healthy.
To begin Week 8 of the NFL season, Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons got some revenge for a loss earlier in the season to the Carolina Panthers. The Thursday Night Football game resulted in a 25-17 win for the Falcons.
It was their second win of the season through eight games. Carolina has dropped three in a row and is now 3-5 on the season.
Younghoe Koo was sharp for Atlanta, kicking four field goals in the game. Koo had three in the first half and added a third-quarter kick.
Todd Gurley scored the final touchdown of the game, while Matt Ryan rushed for 13 yards for the first touchdown. Gurley finished with 46 yards on 18 carries and that lone score. Ryan passed for 281 yards in the game with no touchdown passes.
For Carolina, Teddy Bridgewater completed 15 of 23 passes for just 176 yards and a touchdown. The Panthers' two touchdowns came from Curtis Samuel.
He started with the first score, then added one to start the second quarter. Samuel finished with just four receptions and 31 yards.
The Falcons now have a little extra time to prepare for their Week 9 home game against the Broncos. Carolina also plays in Week 9, hitting the road to take on the Kansas City Chiefs.
In a wild and ugly game, the Philadelphia Eagles took down the New York Giants 22-21 on Thursday Night Football. The Giants led the game 21-10 with 6:17 to play in the fourth quarter before Carson Wentz marched his team down the field twice to win the game.
The first touchdown was by Greg Ward, and then with 40 seconds remaining, Boston Scott caught an 18-yard pass for the winning score. Wentz scored the first touchdown on the ground for Philadelphia.
The quarterback finished with 359 yards on 26-of-43 passing for two touchdowns and an interception. His counterpart, Daniel Jones, threw for 187 yards and two touchdowns but had a big interception and a late fumble to end the game.
Wayne Gallman, Sterling Shepard and Golden Tate scored the three touchdowns for the Giants. Jones was the top runner for the Giants with 92 yards on four carries, including an 80-yard run that saw him trip in the open field eight yards short of the goal line. Fortunately, New York scored a touchdown three plays later.
The win for the Eagles pushes them to 2-4-1 on the season and into the NFC East lead. The loss for the Giants dropped them to 1-6 on the season.
The Giants will host Tampa Bay on Monday Night Football in Week 8, while the Eagles await the Dallas Cowboys for Sunday Night Football.
Unfortunately for football fans and bettors, there was no Week 6 Thursday Night Football game. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 dilemma and causes within the league, the Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills were moved from their scheduled Thursday night spot. Now, the two teams will play the first of two games scheduled on Monday night.
These are two of the best teams in the league, but both are coming off losses. The Kansas City Chiefs suffered their first setback of the season at home to the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday, while Buffalo was beaten in Tennessee by the Titans on Tuesday.
Many believe this could be a preview of the AFC Championship Game, though teams like Las Vegas, Tennessee, Pittsburgh and Baltimore have some things to say about that. When the game is played on Monday, the Chiefs will be favored despite being on the road. The Chiefs are listed at -4.5 over the Bills on Monday.
It was a thriller from start to finish at Soldier Field in Chicago on Thursday night. The Thursday Night Football game to start Week 5 was tight throughout.
The game ended with the ball in the hands of Tom Brady, but this time, things did not work out like normal for the future Hall of Fame quarterback. Brady’s Buccaneers were stopped on fourth down on a potential game-winning drive, and the Bears won the game 20-19.
It started great for Tampa Bay, which scored the first 13 points of the game. Chicago roared back with back-to-back touchdowns to end the half to lead 14-13.
Tampa Bay once again took the lead 19-17 with 4:52 remaining in the game on a Ryan Succop field goal. Chicago, behind the play of Nick Foles, then kicked a go-ahead field goal with 1:17 to go. This game featured six field goals and zero second-half touchdowns.
Foles ended the game 30-of-42 for 243 yards, a touchdown and an interception. That touchdown was to tight end Jimmy Graham, who finished with three receptions and 33 yards.
Brady went 25-of-41 for 253 and a touchdown. There was some confusion late in the game as Brady did not realize the final play was fourth down, and instead thought it was third.
Alas, the game finished as the Buccaneers fell to 3-2. Chicago, with the win, moved to 4-1 and remained just behind Green Bay in the NFC North.
In a game that was projected to be an ugly, low scoring contest, the Thursday Night Football matchup saw 30 first-half points between the Denver Broncos and New York Jets. Sam Darnold got the party started with a 46-yard run for a touchdown. Denver then scored 17 of the next 23 points in the game to lead 17-13 at halftime.
The second half was a wild one that saw an additional 35 points. The Jets took a 28-27 lead with 6:33 to go, but Denver scored two touchdowns in the final 3:13 of the game to win 37-28.
In his first NFL start, Brett Rypien threw three interceptions for Denver, but his two touchdowns were enough. Melvin Gordon sealed the deal for Denver with a late 43-yard touchdown run. He finished with 107 yards on the ground.
Darnold finished with that long touchdown run but did not throw a touchdown all game. He did not throw an interception either and wrapped up with 230 passing yards in the game.
Both teams will take a bit of a break as they await their Week 5 matchups. The Denver Broncos will head out on the road again to take on the New England Patriots. For the Jets, they are now 0-4 on the season and will look to get on track on Oct. 11 with the Arizona Cardinals coming to town.
The battle of the Sunshine State was one-sided from start to finish in Week 3
The Miami Dolphins smashed the Jacksonville Jaguars 31-13 for their first win of the 2020 season on Thursday night. Miami scored the first 14 points in the first quarter, led by Ryan Fitzpatrick's right arm. The veteran quarterback finished the game with just 160 yards but completed 18 out of 20 passes and threw two touchdowns.
The run game was strong for the Dolphins, as Myles Gaskin ran the football 22 times for 66 yards. Jordan Howard scored a touchdown on the ground for the Dolphins as well.
Things did not go well for Gardner Minshew and the Jaguars. He threw an interception in the game and was unable to get his team into the end zone via the pass. James Robinson scored both touchdowns for Jacksonville. He finished with six receptions and 83 yards via the air, and an additional 46 on the ground.
The loss for the Jaguars dropped them to 1-2 on the season, and they will head to Cincinnati to take on the Bengals in Week 4. For the Dolphins, they are also 1-2 and will host the Seattle Seahawks on Oct. 4.
Week Two started with a battle of the state of Ohio. Many were not overly excited with the matchup, but they all were impressed with the caliber of game. This game saw two young quarterbacks compete at a high level, and resulted in a 35-30 Cleveland Browns win over the Cincinnati Bengals.
Rookie quarterback Joe Burrow threw the football 61 times in the loss, but did not turn the ball over once. He finished with 316 yards and 3 touchdowns in the game. Tyler Boyd was his top target with 7 catches and 72 yards, including the final touchdown of the game. The Bengals struggled to get traction in the run game with just 46 yards from their top running back Joe Mixon.
Baker Mayfield did not want to be topped by a rookie, so therefore he led his team to a win. The bigger story for the Browns was their running back duo of Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt. They combined for over 200 yards on the ground and 3 touchdowns. The dagger touchdown came from Hunt with 3:55 to wo, as he scored from the 1 yard line to put the game into double digits.
The defending Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs started the 2020 NFL season with a bang! The Chiefs scored 34 points, and beat the Houston Texans 34-20.
The game started with a David Johnson touchdown, which put the Texans up early. After that, it was all Kansas City with 31 straight points. Rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire got 25 carries in his debut, with 138 yards and a touchdown.
MVP Patrick Mahomes wrapped up his first game with 211 yards passing and 3 touchdowns. Sammy Watkins got involved with the offense in this game, with 7 receptions, and a touchdown.
Houston could not get revenge from the postseason last of a season ago. Bill O’Brien’s team did some revamping with the trade of DeAndre Hopkins, and the addition of David Johnson.
There are many options based on location in the US. DraftKings, PointsBet, FanDuel, William Hill, and BetMGM are among the US SportsBooks offering TNF lines. As a primetime game, many will also offer game and player props, which could have odds boosts and special offers.
Thursday Night Football games to start the season are on NFL Network. The games also get added to FOX and Amazon Prime starting in Week 5. The only exception is the Thanksgiving night game, which is on NBC.
The Thursday Night Football games are not easy to handicap. Usually, both teams are on short-rest with a condensed practice week and less recovery time for injuries.
If a team is coming off a bye week or has extra days off, that can be a big boost to winning a TNF bet. You also want to find the healthiest team so get the most up-to-date injury reports before making a bet.
There’s not a lot of time for narratives to develop for a Thursday game. The home team has an advantage with more practice time since they don’t have to travel. With less practice time, the better coaching staff also has more of an impact on this game.
The first Thursday Night Football game was on September 10 as the Kansas City Chiefs beat the Houston Texans. Weeks 1-15 have a Thursday Night game this season, while Week 16 has a special Friday game for Christmas.
All of the Thursday Night Football games start at 8:20 p.m. ET except for the special Friday version on Christmas day, which begins at 4:30 p.m. ET.
The first four games are exclusively on NFL Network. The games from Weeks 5-16 will be simulcast on FOX, NFL Network, and Amazon Prime. The only exception is the Thanksgiving night game, November 29, which will air on NBC.
For the first four weeks, you will need a cable/satellite package that includes NFL Network. After that, the games are on regular FOX and Amazon Prime as
Thursday Night Football can be streamed through NFL.com or the FOX Sports Go app. The games on Amazon Prime can be viewed through the Prime App. Games on NFL Network and FOX can also be streamed on multiple services like Roku, Twitch, PS4 and Xbox One.
The Thursday Night Football games are available to all Amazon Prime customers and can be viewed on any device with the Prime App and a Prime subscription.
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