NFL Thursday Night Football Betting
The franchise of Thursday Night Football is the youngest of the three prime-time series in pro football. It began in 2006 but was not a regular part of the schedule until the 2014 season. For many years the Thursday night package was panned for its relatively weak matchups. When ratings began to collapse, the NFL realized that they could no longer “limp-in” with lukewarm leftovers and had to start offering a substantially better product to fans. The 2021 Thursday Night Football Schedule is one of the best in history and will draw plenty of eyeballs and wagering handle. FOX, NFL Network, and Amazon Prime will share the package with FOX as the lead producer. NBC Gets a couple of Thursday night broadcasts as well.
Thursday Night Football Schedule
As is tradition, NBC will get the opening Thursday night game of the season before handing the regular package off to FOX. The Peacock certainly gets a name-brand first game with the defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers hosting the Dallas Cowboys, AKA “America’s Team” on September 9.
Week four offers a much better matchup than what might meet the eye as the Cincinnati Bengals host the Jacksonville Jaguars on September 30. Jaguars rookie head coach Urban Meyer returns to the state of Ohio, where he remains a beloved figure for his time as the national championship-winning coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes. The quarterback matchup is outstanding, with 2021 NFL Draft first overall pick Trevor Lawrence of the Jaguars going up against the top pick of the 2020 NFL Draft, Joe Burrow of the Bengals.
Week five will be a pressure-packed NFC West affair that is not to be missed when the Seattle Seahawks host the Los Angeles Rams on October 7. The visiting Rams and former quarterback Jared Goff upset the Seahawks in the 2020 NFC Playoffs. Can Matthew Stafford do the same for LA?
Another intriguing matchup takes place in Week 8 when the up-and-coming Arizona Cardinals host the Green Bay Packers. Arizona flashed an improved defense in 2020 that could frustrate and already on-edge Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.
In week 10, Tua Tagovailoa and the Miami Dolphins will host Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens in what could be a game with massive playoff implications. Jackson took a step back in 2020 after winning the 2019 NFL MVP Award. But Ravens coach John Harbaugh is adjusting the offense to get Jackson back on track.
Thanksgiving evening, the Thursday Night action returns to NBC as the New Orleans Saints host the Buffalo Bills. Buffalo’s passing combination of Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs is one of the most prolific in pro football.
The Saints will host their second consecutive Thursday Night game on December 2 when the Dallas Cowboys come calling. By this time, we will know if Jameis Winston is the answer as Drew Brees’ replacement with the Saints.
Week 14 is another outstanding matchup that could serve as a Super Bowl preview when the Minnesota Vikings host the Pittsburgh Steelers on December 9. Minnesota and quarterback Kirk Cousins have letdown fans and gamblers annually. But after a disastrous 2020 campaign, the Vikings may be primed for a comeback campaign.
The Los Angeles Chargers will host the Kansas City Chiefs in what could be a high-stakes AFC West matchup on December 16. These teams have shared the same division as charter members of the old American Football League in 1960. Justin Herbert and the Chargers are potentially one of the surprise teams in pro football for 2021.
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