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.
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. The Week 3 tilt between the Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers doesn’t look like a sterling matchup, but the NFC West rivals have a long history and both are looking to climb out of the depths of prolonged losing skids.
Thursday night’s opponent is the only one the 49ers have beaten in their last 19 regular season games, so they should at least feel confident about that as they head into the showdown with the Rams. But the offense remains a concern and Kyle Shanahan has suddenly lost all the luster he had when coordinating the Falcons’ offense the past few seasons. The Niners have yet to score a touchdown this season, dropping their first two contests while scoring a total of four field goals.
The defense has looked good, which is a plus for a team that struggled so mightily on that side of the ball last season. But the Niners failed to hold a lead against the Seahawks on Sunday, allowing a fourth quarter touchdown that proved to be the difference. San Francisco’s best defensive effort last season came against the Rams in the opener when they pitched a shutout in a 28-0 win on Monday Night Football. It was a false positive as the Rams had the lowest scoring team in the NFL. The Niners won the Week 16 matchup in LA, giving them a season sweep and three straight wins over their in-state rival.
The Rams have shown some offensive prowess this season. They totaled 332 yards and scored 20 points in a loss to the Skins, working their way back from a 13-0 deficit to tie the game at 20 before succumbing late in the fourth quarter. While the offense has shined, the defense was gouged for 229 yards on the ground. LA will have to slow down Carlos Hyde after he was the Niners offense in Seattle. Hyde accounted for 124 yards on the ground, half of the Niners’ total yardage.
Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco 49ers
Location: Levi’s Stadium, 8:25 p.m. ET ( NFL Network )
Current Line: Rams -3, O/U 42
Preview: Though the San Francisco 49ers will be seeking their first win of the season, there has been some improvement through just two games played under the Kyle Shanahan regime. That said, it hasn’t been enough to get really excited about. The Los Angeles Rams crashed back down to earth against Washington, but Sean McVay’s squad showed some grit by battling back from double-digit deficits to tie the game twice. The Rams will kick off Week 3 looking to end a three game losing streak to their division rivals. Continue...
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September 28, 8:25 PM, Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers (NFL Network/CBS)
October 5, 8:25 PM, New England Patriots at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (NFL Network/CBS)
October 12, 8:25 PM, Philadelphia Eagles at Carolina Panthers (NFL Network/CBS)
October 19, 8:25 PM, Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders (NFL Network/CBS)
October 26, 8:25 PM,Miami Dolphins at Baltimore Ravens (NFL Network/CBS)
November 2, 8:25 PM, Buffalo Bills at New York Jets (NFL Network)
November 9, 8:25 PM, Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals (NFL Network/CBS)
November 16, 8:25 PM, Tennessee Titans at Pittsburgh Steelers (NFL Network/CBS)
Week 12 (Thanksgiving)
November 23, 8:30 PM, New York Giants at Washington Redskins (NFL Network/CBS)
November 30, 8:25 PM, Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys (NFL Network/CBS)
December 7, 8:25 PM, New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons (NFL Network/CBS)
December 14, 8:25 PM, Denver Broncos at Indianapolis Colts (NFL Network/CBS)
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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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