Thursday Night Football is a glorious event. It signifies the end of the work week is near. It also signifies the beginning of another exciting weekend of NFL football.
While it might now feel like a staple, Thursday Night Football is relatively new. Only in 2012 did the NFL begin airing a weekly Thursday Night Football game. Previously, Thursday night games were reserved for Thanksgiving and occasional late-season games. Now? We all look forward to the primetime game to get our weekend started with a bang.
Thursday Night Football is always unpredictable. The teams are playing on short rest most of the time. They have less practice and preparation time for their opponents. This often leads to great games and close finishes.
Thursday Night Football is broadcast on the NFL Network as well as FOX for most of the season. Joe Buck handles the play-by-play duties with Troy Aikman as his commentator. Erin Andrews handles the sideline reporting.
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The NFL schedule is a complex mechanism. Each team plays 16 games (8 home, 8 away) over 17 weeks with one bye week. They play their own division twice, two other divisions, and then two other teams based on their records. It’s a difficult task for the schedule makers to put this all together.
Computers and algorithms make most of the schedule, but the league and its teams are particularly concerned with who plays on Thursday nights. Playing on Thursday night requires playing on a short week.
The league tries its best to ensure no team is forced to play on a short week more than one time. This isn’t as much of a concern with Sunday or Monday Night football.
The Kansas City Chiefs took the field for the first time since winning the Super Bowl, and they showed that last year was no fluke. This was a rematch of an AFC Playoff game from last year, when the Texans had an early 24-0 lead before the Chiefs stormed back to win the game 51-31.
In Week 1, Patrick Mahomes threw a touchdown each to Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce and Sammy Watkins. Rookie first-round running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire added a touchdown on the ground as the Chiefs controlled the game in a 30-24 win.
The Week 2 Thursday Night Football game showcased a matchup of two first-overall draft picks at quarterback. On this night, Baker Mayfield outdueled Joe Burrow, who was making his primetime Cincinnati Bengals debut. Mayfield threw for two touchdowns and running back Nick Chubb added 124 yards and two touchdowns on the ground for the Browns. Burrow threw three touchdown passes, but it wasn’t enough as the Browns won the game, 35-30.
Miami made strides late in the 2019 season, and many expected them to take another step forward in 2020. Their convincing win in Week 3 over their in-state rival was the Dolphins’ first win of the season. Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for two touchdowns en route to the 31-13 victory for Miami.
Denver was without starting quarterback Drew Lock, but it didn’t stop them from defeating the New York Jets in Week 4. Backup quarterback Brett Rypien threw two touchdown passes and three interceptions in a sloppy, back-and-forth game. Brandon McManus hit a 53-yard field goal with less than four minutes to go to give Denver a lead. Then, Melvin Gordon broke a 43-yard run to put the game away.
The vaunted Chicago Bears defense gave Tom Brady fits all night as he struggled moving the ball and scoring points. Nick Foles did just enough for Chicago to escape with a win. The moment that sticks out in this game is Brady forgetting what down it was in his final drive attempting to win the game. Brady thought he had one more chance, but he didn’t.
This game was actually played on Monday as scheduling changes were needed due to positive covid tests. In a sloppy game with bad weather, Chiefs rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire ran for 161 yards. Travis Kelce caught two touchdown passes from Patrick Mahomes. The weather in this game impacted what could have been some offensive fireworks, as Josh Allen and Mahomes lead two of the best offenses in football. Mahomes took a back-seat in this game as the Chiefs’ rushing game led them to a 26-17 victory.
The NFC East lets the jokes write themselves. This game was disgusting in every sense of the word. You needed a bath after watching this one. Carson Wentz and the Eagles were extremely unimpressive but did just enough to beat the Giants on their home field. The most memorable moment of this one is Giants quarterback Daniel Jones tripping over grass on his way to a walk in touchdown.
The Atlanta Falcons had already fired their head coach by this point after a string of embarrassing losses. They slogged their way to a win over the Carolina Panthers in Week 8, thanks to 137 receiving yards from Julio Jones. The Falcons defense played arguably their best game of the season en route to the victory.
In a rematch of the 2019 NFC Championship Game, the Green Bay Packers got a taste of revenge. Due to Covid-19 protocols, the 49ers were without most of their starting wide receivers. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was also out for San Francisco. The Packers took advantage of the depleted 49ers, as Aaron Rodgers threw for over 300 yards and four touchdowns.
In a matchup of the two best teams in the AFC South, the Colts secured a huge road win. They got contributions from all three facets. Philip Rivers threw for over 300 yards. The Colts defense kept Ryan Tannehill under 150 passing yards. The special teams blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown. This win for Indianapolis might have big implications.
Russell Wilson continued his MVP caliber performance for Seattle, outdueling Kyler Murray en route to a big 28-21 divisional win. Seattle’s defense was often maligned earlier in the season, but they stepped up big time in primetime to slow down the dynamic Cardinals offense.
Pittsburgh was not impressive, but they improved to 11-0 over a Baltimore Ravens team that was absolutely depleted due to the coronavirus. This game occurred on Wednesday of the following week after being postponed twice due to positive tests. Robert Griffin III made the start for Baltimore, but he was injured and third-string quarterback Trace McSorley had to relieve him in the 4th quarter. It was an ugly game.
This game was postponed to the following Tuesday due to the Ravens’ issues with positive Covid tests the previous week. Thankfully, the postponement allowed the Ravens to get most of their players back, including star quarterback Lamar Jackson. The Ravens ran the ball down the throat of the Cowboys, amassing 294 rushing yards from Jackson, J.K. Dobbins, Gus Edwards and Mark Ingram. Dallas is playing out the string here as their season is all but over.
The Rams are beginning to look a lot like the team that made the Super Bowl two years ago, so it’s fitting in a rematch of that Super Bowl that they performed like a Super Bowl team. In Super Bowl LIII, Sean McVay was out-coached dramatically by Bill Bellichick. This time around, it wasn’t even close. The Rams are the much better team.
This divisional match-up offered some serious intrigue. The Raiders were playing a huge game in their quest to qualify for the playoffs as a wild-card team in the AFC. On the flipside, Chargers’ coach Anthony Lynn was coaching to save his job. His quarterback, Justin Herbert, is always a joy to watch and was again in this entertaining Thursday night game whcih the Chargers pulled out in OT.
Christmas and football? Is there a better combination? The holiday caused this game to take place late on a Friday afternoon instead of on a Thursday night. New Orleans dominated the action on the field, however, with Alvin Kamara racking up a record 6 TDs.
The Indianapolis Colts played on Thursday Night back in Week 10. They went on the road to Tennessee and played a great game in a 34-17 win over the Titans.
Philip Rivers threw for over 300 yards and a touchdown. Both Nyheim Hines and Jacoby Brissett rushed in a touchdown.
Rookie wide-receiver Michael Pittman had seven receptions for 101 receiving yards. The Colts special teams unit made a game-changing play, blocking a punt and returning it for a touchdown. Indianapolis’ defense held Ryan Tannehill to just 147 passing yards.
The Chicago Bears played on Thursday Night back in Week 5. The Bears defense stifled Tom Brady and the Buccaneers offense, holding them below 20 points. David Montgomery scored a rushing touchdown and Jimmy Graham caught a touchdown from Nick Foles en route to a 20-19 win.
In Indiana, live betting is available during natural stoppages in the game. This includes commercial breaks, the end of the quarter, and halftime.
Once the game kicks off, it doesn’t mean you need to stop placing your NFL bets. In fact, betting the games with live betting is a great opportunity to find value.
If the favorite falls behind early in the game, you might now be able to bet them as an underdog. If the offenses get off to a slow start, you can now bet the over at a lower total. If one team is clearly sleepwalking, you can bet the other team.
There are plenty of ways to live bet the game. You can bet a side, a total, a moneyline. You can bet team totals or props. You can bet which team will score next. You can bet which team you think will win the second half. The Thursday Night Football prop bet options are endless.
DraftKings Sportsbook and FanDuel Sportsbook both have great live betting options through their sports betting apps. You can bet on Thursday Night Football games live from your couch without moving a muscle. It’s extremely convenient. The markets are wide-ranging and fun.
Thursday Night Football is broadcast on the NFL Network and usually also broadcast on FOX Network. The announcers are Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Erin Andrews. The game kicks off at 8:20 P.M. EST every Thursday.
The only exceptions are the opening game of the season and the Thanksgiving night game. Those games are broadcast on NBC.
You can stream the game through the FOX Sports App and the NFL Network app if you login with your cable credentials. If you are a subscriber to Amazon Prime, the games are streamed on that platform as well. Some sportsbooks also allow you to stream the game through their app.
Peyton Manning did not throw an incomplete pass in the first half, leading the Colts to a 31-24 win over Jacksonville. After a 3-4 start to the season, this win was the Colts’ eighth-straight victory. It gave them an 11-4 record, and clinched their 7th consecutive playoff berth. Keiwan Ratliff‘s pick-six of David Garrard ended up being the winning score for the Colts.
It’s not as memorable because the team didn’t finish the season with a 16-0 record, but Peyton Manning threw for 308 yards and four touchdown passes to give the Colts a 14-0 start to the season. A 65-yard touchdown pass to Reggie Wayne in the fourth quarter gave the Colts a 35-31 lead over the Jaguars. That was the final score.
It wasn’t fun at the time, as it almost cost the franchise the first-overall pick and the opportunity to draft Andrew Luck. However, Dan Orlovsky’s touchdown pass to Reggie Wayne with 19 seconds left was a fun moment in a miserable season.