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2019 NFL Thursday Night Football Betting
Crazed football fans needed another day of NFL action and thus the Thursday Night Football series was born. Originally a mid-year inclusion to the schedule when first introduced in 2006, games were aired on NFL Network as part of the station’s ‘Run to the Playoffs’ package and first aired toward the end of November. In 2012, the NFL expanded the Thursday scope to start during the second week of the regular season.
The NFL Kickoff Game and Thanksgiving Night contest are both played on Thursday night, but those are part of NBC’s Sunday Night Football contract.
Prior to the 2014 season, CBS acquired the rights to air eight Thursday night games, putting half the schedule on network television with all games still shown on NFL Network. For the 2016 season, the NFL struck a deal with CBS and NBC to share broadcast rights with NFL Network for two seasons. That agreement expired at the end of the 2017 campaign. In early 2018 FOX acquired the rights to TNF with a five-year deal that runs through the 2022 season.
A total of 13 games fall under the TNF banner in 2019 with 11 games on FOX with NFL Network and Amazon Prime serving as simulcast partners. There will also be two exclusive NFL Network matchups. The Thursday Night Football slate of games begins in Week 2 with an NFC South battle between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Carolina Panthers. The following week it’s off to Florida for another divisional confrontation between the AFC South’s Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars. Both games air solely on NFL Network.
FOX begins its Thursday Night Football coverage in Week 4 when NFC heavyweights Philadelphia Eagles and Green Bay Packers collide on the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field. FOX will carry a game every Thursday from Week 4 through Week 15 with the exception of the Thanksgiving Night contest. The 13-game TNF slate will show a different set of teams every week with 26 clubs making an appearance.
An emphasis on divisional play takes center stage on TNF during the 2019 season with eight matchups between division foes. In addition to the Week 2 and 3 contests, there will be a four-week stretch where all games have a direct bearing on division standings. An NFC West encounter between San Francisco and Arizona opens the stretch in Week 9. It’s all the AFC in the next three weeks with the Chargers visiting Oakland in Week 10, Pittsburgh at Cleveland in Week 11 and Indianapolis at Houston in Week 12.
There is only one out of conference matchup on the 2019 TNF slate and it’s a rematch of past Super Bowls. The New England Patriots have appeared in the most Super Bowls and won the most title games, but they failed to beat the New York Giants twice when meeting in the final game of a season. The two quarterbacks from those games following the 2007 and 2011 seasons are still kicking and will likely face each other for the final time.
The Giants posted one of the biggest upsets in Super Bowl history winning 17-14 as a 12-point dog in 2008, ending the Pats’ run at perfection. The Giants won again four years later, but they’ve made just one playoff appearance with zero wins since that 21-17 victory. Meanwhile, the Pats ... well, you know the story.
In addition to the TNF package of games, NBC will carry the 2019 kickoff game between Green Bay and Chicago and the Thanksgiving night matchup between New Orleans and Atlanta in Week 13 for a total of 15 games aired on Thursday nights over the course of the season.
2019 Thursday Night Football Betting Schedule
NFL Regular Season Schedule
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