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.
With teams playing on short rest most of the time, Thursday Night Football is more unpredictable than most Sunday games. Team have less practice and preparation time for their opponents, which leads to great games and close finishes. As a sports bettor, you can’t ask for much more.
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The NFL schedule is a complex mechanism. Each team plays 17 games over 17 weeks with one bye week. It’s a difficult task for the schedule makers to make sense of it all, but there’s a set formula that’s followed to put it 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 games played on Sunday or Monday night.
Thursday Night Football can be found on a combination of Fox, NFL Network and Amazon Prime for the majority of the season. The exceptions are the opening game of the season and the Thanksgiving night affair, both of which are broadcast on NBC. All games kick off at 8:20 p.m. ET. Here’s how the 2021 schedule stacks up.
Week 1: Sept. 9, NBC
Week 2: Sept. 16, NFLN
Week 3: Sept. 23, NFLN
Week 4: Sept. 30, NFLN
Week 5: Oct. 7, FOX/NFLN/AMZN
Week 6: Oct. 14, FOX/NFLN/AMZN
Week 7: Oct. 21, FOX/NFLN/AMZN
Week 8: Oct. 28, FOX/NFLN/AMZN
Week 9: Nov. 4, FOX/NFLN/AMZN
Week 10: Nov. 11, FOX/NFLN/AMZN
Week 11: Nov. 18, FOX/NFLN/AMZN
Week 12: Nov. 25, NBC
Week 13: Dec. 2, FOX/NFLN/AMZN
Week 14: Dec. 9, FOX/NFLN/AMZN
Week 15: Dec. 16, FOX/NFLN/AMZN
Week 16: Dec. 23, NFLN
The Colts will get the Thursday Night Football treatment in Week 9 with a home game versus the New York Jets. The game is at the midway point of the season, so we should have a pretty good sense of where both teams stand in advance of kickoff. Rookie signal caller Zach Wilson leads the way for visiting Gang Green.
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The Bears aren’t scheduled to play on Thursday Night Football this season, but the club has several other primetime games on tap. Check this week’s Bears odds here.
Week 1: Sept. 12, Sunday Night Football
Week 9: Nov. 8, Monday Night Football
Week 14: Dec. 12, Sunday Night Football
Week 15: Dec. 20, Monday Night Football
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.