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Thursday Night Football Odds and Lines for Successful Betting

Thursday Night Football odds bring an exciting opportunity to enjoy NFL betting every single week. With 'hump day' behind you and only one day of the working week remaining, it's no wonder that betting on Thursday night football odds is a high point of the week for many. There’s a unique focus on the NFL’s weekly standalone contest and various elements that impact the Thursday Night Football betting lines and odds.

Here you’ll find all the information you need if you want to know how to bet on this weekly high point. We'll give you a Thursday night football preview, discuss the NFL Thursday night football betting trends, and basically do our very best to help you pick the Thursday night football winner. The best NFL odds for the TNF games will also be presented to you, so take a look through the opportunities available, help yourself and enjoy a great night of successful betting!

Carolina Panthers (2-0) @ Houston Texans (1-1)

Break up the Carolina Panthers!

After two weeks of the 2021 National Football League season, who would have thought that the Panthers would have a better record than the Kansas City Chiefs, plus the whole of the NFC East, NFC North, AFC East, AFC North, and AFC South?

But here we are, with Carolina one of the last seven unbeaten teams in the NFL, and with a very good chance to go to 3-0 before the rest of the teams take the field for Week 3.

The Panthers will head to Houston to take on another surprising team in the Texans. Well, maybe not surprising as such, but the Texans have definitely played much better than anyone could have thought after two weeks.

This line opened up just above a field goal for the visitors, and has already bounced up over a touchdown with the question over the health of Houston QB Tyrod Taylor, who was very good over the first six quarters of the season.

NFL Thursday Night Football Week 3

  • Matchup: Carolina Panthers (2-0) at Houston Texans (1-1)
  • Time: 8:20 p.m. EDT, 7:20 p.m. CDT, 6:20 p.m. MDT, 5:20 p.m. PDT        
  • TV Channel: NFL and fubo.TV
  • Last Week’s Scores: Carolina beat New Orleans 26-7; Houston lost to Cleveland 31-21
  • Opening Moneyline Odds: Carolina -350; Houston +270
  • Current Moneyline Odds: Carolina -370; Houston +270
  • Opening Point Spread Lookahead Line: Carolina -4
  • Current Point Spread Lines: 
  • Over/Under Total Opening Line: over 43.5 (-110), under 43.5 (-110)
  • Current Over/Under Total

Injury Updates: The main question here is going to be the health of Tyrod Taylor, who left injured in the 31-21 loss to Cleveland. The Texans were playing well with him under center, and he is slated to get an MRI Monday. Jeff Drsicoll could be the QB if Taylor can’t go in the short week.

With the COVID-19 protocols, things could change very quickly. Make sure you check back daily during the week of the game here to see the injury report for the NFL.

  • Head To Head: Carolina has won all three meetings since the start of the 2011 season, with the most recent a 16-10 road win back in 2019. 
  • What To Watch For: How about the play of the Carolina defense so far in 2021? This tidbit came from ESPN writer David Newton: talk about an improvement. Through two games the Panthers have held opponents to 25 percent on third down, second only to the Vikings. Last year, they ranked 31st on third-down at 49 percent. 
    • Sam Darnold has been outstanding as well, and is making Adam Gase more and more the issue with the Jets the last few seasons. Darnold threw for 305 yards and two TDs, and is clearly benefiting from the play of Christian McCaffery in the backfield.
      The big question for Houston has to be the status of Taylor, who left the 31-21 loss injured.
  • Predictions: Tough to see past a Carolina win here to get the Panthers to 3-0. The play of the defense could be pivotal here, and the Panthers have allowed just seven total points through the first three quarters of each of their first two games.
  • With a short week, and a third string quarterback under center, this Carolina defense could feast. I would take Carolina at -6.5 if you can get it, and take a shot on the under Houston team total points, especially if Taylor is out.

Thursday Night Football Odds for This Week

Thursday Night Football predictions are so important because every week of the NFL season starts with a matchup. Here, we will look at the Thursday Night Football betting odds and lines for this week’s matchup and what impacts them. Our aim is to help you identify the Thursday night football best bets and pick the Thursday night football winner so that you can convert your prediction into cash.

There are many betting operators to choose from, depending on your 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 Thursday night football odds boosts and special offers.

Thursday Night Football Betting Tips

The Thursday Night Football games are not easy to handicap, and the Thursday night football odds reflect that. 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. Again, the Thursday night football odds will take those factors into consideration.

Thursday Night Football Odds: The Markets

Thursday night football odds are available for all of your favorite NFL betting markets. The main ones to look out for are as follows:

Thursday Night Football Moneyline

The Thursday night football moneyline market requires you to predict which team will win the game. Nothing more and nothing less. Bet on the team you expect to win and if they succeed then your bet will do likewise at the Thursday night football odds offered. This is a simple market but it doesn't tend to offer the best Thursday night football odds about the favorites, so it isn't as popular as the Thursday night football spread.

Thursday Night Football Spread

Also known as the Thursday night football point spread, the Thursday night football spread market requires you to predict which team will win and by how much. Although this is a bit more of a challenge than that posed by the moneyline, the Thursday night football spread will usually offer you better Thursday night football odds for a winning bet. That makes the Thursday night football point spread particularly attractive to bettors everywhere.

Thursday Night Football Prop Bets

You won't need to predict the winner of the game at all when you make Thursday night football prop bets, which are also known as TNF prop bets. Instead, you'll be betting on an outcome that will take place within the game. Example prop bets Thursday night football fans can make include whether or not a certain player will make a touchdown and which team will score first. The Thursday night football odds available for Thursday night football prop bets tend to be even more generous than for the Thursday night football spread, but Thursday night football prop bets are also more difficult to win with. That said, the prop bets Thursday night football offers are as exciting as they get.

Over/Under Thursday Night Football

Bet on the over/under Thursday night football and you only need to predict whether the total number of points scored will be over or under a figure quoted by the online sportsbooks. This makes over/under Thursday night football bets very attractive, especially to those who can't quite decide who will win, but feel more confident about how many points will be scored. The Thursday night football odds for this market will tend to be modest, but balanced.

There are other markets that you can look at, each offering their own Thursday night football odds. However, these are the best bets for Thursday night football and the ones you would do well to focus on. If you think that you will be able to predict the Thursday night football winner, the Thursday night football spread or moneyline will be most suitable. If you'd rather avoid having to make that prediction, focus on the Thursday night football prop bets or over/under Thursday night football opportunities. TNF prop bets are probably the ones to look at if you want the biggest Thursday night football odds.

Thursday Night Football Schedule

The NFL tries to make sure no team is forced to play more than one Thursday Night Football game per season. The league wants to ensure teams don’t have to endure the short week of practice required more than once.

The NFL also tries to make sure the Thursday Night Football game is a marquee matchup, worthy of being the lone game on that day and broadcast in primetime.

Here’s a look at this season’s Thursday Night Football schedule:

Sept. 9Dallas Cowboys at Tampa Bay Buccaneers8:20 p.m. ESTon FOX/NFL
Sept. 16New York Giants at Washington Football Team8:20 p.m. ESTon FOX/NFL
Sept. 23Carolina Panthers at Houston Texans8:20 p.m. ESTon FOX/NFL
Sept. 30Jacksonville Jaguars at Cincinnati Bengals8:20 p.m. ESTon FOX/NFL
Oct. 7Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks8:20 p.m. ESTon FOX/NFL
Oct. 14Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Philadelphia Eagles8:20 p.m. ESTon FOX/NFL
Oct. 21Denver Broncos at Cleveland Browns8:20 p.m. ESTon FOX/NFL
Oct. 28Green Bay Packers at Arizona Cardinals8:20 p.m. ESTon FOX/NFL
Nov. 4New York Jets at Indianapolis Colts8:20 p.m. ESTon FOX/NFL
Nov. 11Baltimore Ravens at Miami Dolphins8:20 p.m. ESTon FOX/NFL
Nov. 18New England Patriots at Atlanta Falcons8:20 p.m. ESTon FOX/NFL
Nov. 25Buffalo Bills at New Orleans Saints8:20 p.m. ESTon FOX/NFL
Dec. 2Dallas Cowboys at New Orleans Saints8:20 p.m. ESTon FOX/NFL
Dec. 9Pittsburgh Steelers at Minnesota Vikings8:20 p.m. ESTon FOX/NFL
Dec. 16Kansas City Chiefs at Los Angeles Chargers8:20 p.m. ESTon FOX/NFL
Dec. 23San Francisco 49ers at Tennessee Titans8:20 p.m. ESTon FOX/NFL
Thursday Night Football Schedule

Best NFL Betting Sites

If you want the best Thursday night football odds, and the widest range of TNF prop bets, you'll want to bet at the best NFL betting sites. Visit our online sportsbooks page for details of the best sportsbooks around, or take your pick from the selection below. And remember, you can get the best bets for Thursday night football from more than one site, so if you sign up with two or more sportsbooks you'll have a greater choice of best bets for Thursday night football.

How to Watch Thursday Night Football

Finding the best Thursday night football odds is one thing, but you'll also want to know how to watch Thursday Night Football games so that you can watch the action unfold in real-time. Thursday night football games are on NFL Network when the season starts. 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. Whatever channel you tune into, there's nothing like watching your Thursday night football odds being landed

Thursday Night Football Odds and Lines FAQ

What Time Does Thursday Night Football Air?

All of the Thursday Night Football games start at 8:20 p.m. ET.

What channel airs Thursday night football?

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.

How can I find Thursday night football on TV?

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

How do I stream Thursday night football?

Thursday Night Football can be streamed through 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.

How do I watch Thursday night football on Amazon Prime?

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.

About Sean Miller
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Sean has been covering sports for the Trenton Times and since 2013 and has been writing about sports betting since 2017. He was the beat writer for the Premier League for six years and for the TrentonThunder, the Double-A affiliate of the New York Yankees, now going on his seventh season. Sean also covers local sports (baseball, basketball, football, golf, ice hockey, volleyball, and wrestling) for the Times. He has a UEFA B license (so he knows a little bit about soccer) and is a big fan of the Red team in Manchester.

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