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NFL Thursday Night Football Odds and Predictions

NFL Thursday games have become a huge part of the weekly landscape for football betting.

The NFL filled a need for its gaming audience when Thursday Night Football was introduced as a regular part of the season schedule back in 2006, now giving fans a prolonged weekend of wagering opportunities.

For years, sports bettors were tired of waiting until Sunday morning each week, to get a taste of pro football action.

All 32 teams play in at least one Thursday game, and broadcast rights are split between NFL Network, CBS, and NBC.

This Week's Thursday Football Games - Thursday, December 14, 2017

The league will test the loyalty of its fan base with a Week 15 matchup between a pair of floundering teams when the Denver Broncos visit the Indianapolis Colts.

While both teams have long been eliminated from the playoff race, the Colts made their place official with last week’s overtime loss in a blizzard to the Bills. Indy’s fourth straight setback and their seventh loss in eight games have the organization focusing on next season, and the biggest question is whether Chuck Pagano will be coaching the team. The Colts have regressed the past few seasons, going from three straight 11-win seasons, three playoff appearances and two division titles in his first three years on the job. The team fell to mediocre status the past two season going 8-8 with no playoffs. Now, things have gotten downright ugly in Indy.

For the first time since a seven-year drought from 1988 to 1994, the Colts will go a third consecutive season with no playoffs. Of course, the year got off on a bad note when Andrew Luck never completely recovered from his shoulder injury and will miss the entire season. That all but guaranteed the Colts a losing record for the first time since 2011 when they managed a pair of wins with Curtis Painter, Dan Orlovsky and Kerry Collins at the helm. At least that flop got the Colts in position to draft Luck with No. 1 overall pick the next season. This team needs a lot more than a return to health of the franchise quarterback.

Play at the most important position on the field has doomed both clubs and there is no Peyton Manning to use as a storyline. Manning began his career with the Colts in 1998 as the top pick in that year’s draft and started every game in his 13-year career with Indy, leading them to 11 playoff appearances, two Super Bowls and a title in 2006. After a year off due to injury, he signed with the Broncos and played four more seasons, winning his second championship following the 2015 season before calling it quits. Trevor Siemian hasn’t been the answer, but he’ll start because Vance Joseph has no other options.

Denver Broncos at Indianapolis Colts

Location: Lucas Oil Stadium, 8:25 p.m. ET ( NBC )

Opening Line: Broncos -1.5, O/U 41.5

Preview: A couple years ago, a game between the Denver Broncos and the Indianapolis Colts would have featured Andrew Luck and Peyton Manning and would have been can't miss TV. Now, it's a game between Trevor Siemian and Jacoby Brissett and will be the least-meaningful primetime game of the entire season.

Still, this Thursday Night Football affair is the first game of the week in a crucial Week 15, and bettors will still flock to wager on the game. Continue...

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December 14, 8:25 PM, Denver Broncos at Indianapolis Colts (NFL Network/CBS)

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Bet NFL Thursday Night Football OddsNFL Thursday Night betting is very similar in many respects to Sunday Night Football betting and Monday Night Football betting with one notable exception. The game is not the only football action taking place. Football bettor can also, bet on the Thursday College football featured game. There will be quarters, halftimes and oftentimes there will be props for each of the Thursday night football games.

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NFL Thursday Night Betting History

Football has always had a place on Thursday, beginning back in 1920 on Thanksgiving Day. However, it’s been a relatively recent development that’s put a game on Thursday night from Week 1 through Week 16.

Thursday Night Football debuted 10 years ago in November 2006 as a sporadic broadcast and not a season-long occurrence, but the NFL’s ability to spread out the weekend’s action and offer another prime time game helped the Thursday night affair become more of a regular production as the years progressed. Now, there’s a Thursday night game every week.

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The model and medium for Thursday Night football has been ever changing since its inception. Originally a tool to promote the NFL Network, the games were limited to the cable airwaves for a time, but this season will be the first of a new broadcasting contract that will put more Thursday night games on the premier channels. Both CBS and NBC are set to broadcast five Thursday Night Football games, with NFL Network providing simulcast and covering a couple exclusively along the way. CBS will take most of the early season games while NBC takes over as the season winds down.

Playing every week on Thursday provides a special challenge for the NFL, creating short weeks for teams in action that night, followed by extended rest heading into their following game.

Of course, some teams do better than others with the change in rest and the abbreviated week of preparation.

For instance, the Indianapolis Colts have yet to lose a Thursday Night Football game in their history, going 7-0 overall. Against the spread, they’ve failed to cover only once in those seven games. In their Thursday Night action last year, they covered the spread as underdogs on the road against Houston, winning 27-20 in Week 5.

Dallas is the only other team aside from the Colts that’s recorded at least six Thursday Night Football victories, going 6-2 in eight changes. It makes sense that the Cowboys do well on Thursday. They’ve got experience taking the field on Thanksgiving Day.

Nevertheless, on the other side of things, the Lions are the only team without a Thursday Night Football win, though they’ve only played once on Thursday Night, despite being a regular on Thanksgiving.

That sole game was on December 3 last year when Detroit fell to Green bay, 27-23, at home, unable to cover the 2.5-point spread.

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