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2019 NFL Thursday Night Football Betting
Love it or hate it, Thursday Night Football is here to stay. While the games don’t always offer up the most attractive of matchups and the overall play is erratic and sloppy with the teams having such little time to get prepared both mentally and physically, it’s NFL football on a Thursday night and there’s money to be won. You know you’re going to watch the game, so why not have some action on it? Be sure to bookmark this page and come back to it throughout the season as we break every game down from a betting perspective in hopes of helping you come to a decision on what to bet.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Carolina Panthers kicked off the inaugural TNF throw down. It ended up being the last time NFL bettors and fans got to see Cam Newton in live action, but it wasn’t memorable for the league’s former MVP. He went on to throw for 333 scoreless yards in a game the Bucs ended up winning 20-14 as 6.5-point underdogs by playing a stifling brand of defense and salting the game away with what proved to be one of their better games rushing the football.
It wasn’t until Week 4 that the Thursday Night Football schedule put forth a memorable matchup. Losers of two straight to the Atlanta Falcons and Detroit Lions, the Philadelphia Eagles scored what could ultimately prove to be a season-saving win when it stormed the rain-soaked tundra of Lambeau Field and handed the Green Bay Packers their only home loss of the season. Carson Wentz only threw for 160 yards but made up for it with 3 TD passes, while Jordan Howard had his biggest game as an Eagle rushing for 87 yards and 2 TD to help lead Philly to the 34-27 outright win as 3.5-point underdogs.
Another exciting matchup that went down to the wire occurred the following week when Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks tallied the 30-29 win and non-cover to officially put Pete Carroll’s troops on the map as a bona fide NFC contender. Its three prior wins came against the Bengals, slow-starting Steelers and Cardinals with the lone defeat coming at home against the Teddy Bridgewater led Saints. Still, the end result was a tough one for those that bet the game late with Seattle closing as 1.5-point favorites. It’s safe to say those that laid that impost would’ve rather seen Greg Zuerlein’s end-game field goal split the uprights and for Seattle to lose than ultimately not cash the ticket because of the dreaded hook!
We have to fast forward all the way to Week 9 to find the next game worthy of recapping. It occurred in the desert where the Arizona Cardinals welcomed in the then undefeated San Francisco 49ers. Kyle Shanahan’s troops went off the board heavy 10.5-point favorites, but got way more than they bargained for from Kyler Murray and company. But even after Kenyan Drake made a heck of a first impression in his Cardinals debut with 100 rushing yards and 1 TD, Zona still found itself outside the number 5+ minutes into the fourth quarter. But then all hell broke loose when rookie wide receiver Andy Isabella took a 20-yard pass and turned it into a sensational 88-yard touchdown to allow for online sportsbooks to celebrate deep into the night; just about everyone was on the Niners minus the points!
Nobody will forget the Week 11 throw down between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns. The 2019 season was already a disaster for Baker Mayfield and his mates entering the game, and it only got worse even though they dominated their division rival over the game’s entirety to score the impressive 21-7 win and cover as field goal favorites. In the waning moments with the game already in hand, Myles Garrett and Mason Rudolph got into a bit of a pickle that ended with the former ripping the helmet off the latter and winging it at his head. Garrett was then suspended for the remainder of the season and the Browns slim chances of qualifying for the playoffs got even longer because of it.
While Chicago taking the wood to the Cowboys in Week 14 brought me much joy as a Bears fan, I can only end with the finale of the TNF schedule due to the fact that it more or less cemented Lamar Jackson in as this season’s MVP. The dude went HAM against the Jets in combining for 298 total yards of offense while throwing for an insane 5 TD passes to lead Baltimore to the care-free 42-21 win and cover as gargantuan 17-point favorites. The effort moved his overall outputs to 2,889 passing yards, 1,103 rushing yards and 40 overall touchdowns. On top of that, he plays quarterback for the league’s best team that won 12 of its first 14 regular season games and covered the closing pointspread eight times; even with linemakers forcing the Ravens to eat copious amounts of chalk all season long. As much a lock Joe Burrow was to win the Heisman Trophy, LJ looks to be a shoe-in to add an NFL MVP trophy next to his.
2019 Thursday Night Football Betting Schedule
NFL Regular Season Schedule
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