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.
Thanksgiving is known for turkey and football and this week NFL fans get to feast on both. The traditional afternoon games will take place in Detroit and Dallas with a little dessert to go along with that pumpkin pie for a nightcap matchup between the Redskins and Giants. The feast begins with a battle for NFC North supremacy when the Vikings visit the Lions for the second straight year on Thanksgiving Day. The host Cowboys look to keep their playoff hopes alive with an interconference matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers while NFC East foes Washington and New York battle for the basement in the final game of the day.
The Lions have been playing Thanksgiving games for several decades and this matchup will figure prominently in deciding the division. Detroit squeaked by Chicago for its third straight win and the Lions trail the Vikings by two games in the standings. But Matthew Stafford and Co. already has a win over Minny and the gap can close with another one. The Vikings haven’t lost since that earlier matchup, when they fell 14-7 at home, rattling off six consecutive victories in the process. They had a signature win on Sunday, shutting down the Rams, 24-7, in a battle of 7-2 teams. The division is a two-team race and the winner will have a big advantage down the stretch.
The Chargers are closer to first place in the AFC West than the Cowboys are in the NFC East after their Week 11 games. Faced with a must-win to stay in contention for the division title, the Cowboys rolled over in a humiliating 37-9 loss to the Eagles. It was the second straight thrashing for the Boys after they were steamrolled by the Atlanta Falcons the game prior. With their hopes of repeating as division champs gone, the Cowboys need to think about just reaching the playoffs and dropping another game will put them in serious trouble.
Meanwhile, the Chargers are just two games behind the Chiefs in their division after the Bolts were the only AFC West team to record a victory. The Bolts are excited that Philip Rivers passed the concussion protocol and suited up against the Bills. He threw two touchdown passes, the defense forced six turnovers and scored two times, and the Bolts slapped a 54 on Buffalo to move into a second-place tie in their division.
The NFC East bottom-feeders will battle it out in the nightcap. After sinking to their lowest point with a loss to the 49ers, the Giants responded like true professionals and did the Chargers a solid by knocking off the Chiefs in overtime. It wasn’t such a good day for the Skins, who lost a 15-point lead late in the game and fell to the Saints in overtime, all but eliminating them from the playoff picture. There may not be much on the line in terms of playoffs, but the teams regularly play close, exciting games with the Giants winning seven of the last 10 meetings, including three of the previous four in D.C.
Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions
Ford Field, 12:30 p.m. ET ( FOX )
Opening Line: PK, O/U 44.5
Prediction: For the second consecutive season, the Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions are going to be playing against each other on Thanksgiving Day. This year's game carries a ton on the line with the Lions likely being the only team left that can stop the Vikes from capturing the NFC North title and the bye in the first round of the NFC playoffs that will likely come with it. Continue...
Los Angeles Chargers at Dallas Cowboys
ATT Stadium, 4:30 p.m. ET ( CBS )
Opening Line: Pick 'Em, O/U 47.5
Prediction: The Los Angeles Chargers haven't played on Thanksgiving Day since 1969. They're going to end that nearly five-decade long absence from the premier holiday games on Thursday when they pay a visit to the slumping Dallas Cowboys, a team in flat out desperation mode at this point with just six games left to play in the season. Continue...
New York Giants at Washington Redskins
FedEx Field, 8:30 p.m. ET ( NBC )
Opening Line: Redskins -7.5, O/U 44.5
Prediction: When the powers that be decided that the New York Giants and the Washington Redskins were going to play against each other on Thanksgiving night, they had to envision a game that meant a ton in the NFC East and in the NFC playoff chase in general. Instead, what they picked up was a dog of a game with two teams that are very likely effectively eliminated from postseason contention. Continue...
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NFL 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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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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