NFL Thursday Night Football Betting
History was made this year when the NFL made streaming a regular part of their weekly prime time rotation. AMAZON PRIME took over the Thursday night package for the 2022 season. And by all accounts, fans and gamblers loved what they saw.
At the beginning of the Thursday Night Football attraction on PRIME was the announcing tandem of Kirk Herbstreit and Al Michaels. Herbstreit is best known as the top ESPN and ABC college football color analyst. But his transition to the NFL proved seamless. His years of experience analyzing football games on primetime made for the perfect pairing with Michaels.
Michaels is one of the greatest play-by-play announcers in sports history, and his presence made for instant credibility. Fans had always loved Michaels for his honesty, dating back to when he would refer to betting lines when it was not kosher. This year Michaels would have cutting comments during bad games, which fans appreciate. But when the moment was big, Michaels would match it.
AMAZON PRIME was given a better schedule that the previous Thursday night package, which was often given second-rate games. The last Thursday night package got so bad that there was talk of overexposure and the possibility of a cancelation. But ratings and money are too big for the NFL to ignore, so the league worked with AMAZON PRIME to improve the product. Thursday Night Football was given an honestly good schedule, and garbage games were kept to a minimum.
At the onset of the 2022 season, the package had an outstanding opener between the AFC West rival Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers at Arrowhead Stadium. Kansas City won a thriller 27-24 to set the stage for a good first year.
Another memorable game in the first half of the season was the Baltimore Ravens beating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27-22 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.
The quarterbacking showdown between Lamar Jackson and Tom Brady, along with the traditional quality of the teams, made for a good audience and large betting handle.
On November 17, the Green Bay Packers lost at home on the Frozen Tundra of Lambeau Field to the Tennessee Titans 27-17. At that time, the Packers were written off for dead. Yet Green Bay rallied strongly in the following weeks to get back into the playoff race. By contrast, the Titans were considered a fait accompli for the playoffs after their win at Green Bay. Instead, Tennessee soon suffered an epic collapse and fought it out with the Jacksonville Jaguars at the end of the season for the AFC South title. The game in Green Bay was a great lesson to gamblers about the perils of overreacting to a result. In the same way, it is dangerous to get too attached to a team's point of view, be it good or bad.
The Las Vegas Raiders and Los Angeles Rams had a memorable game on December 8 at So Fi Stadium, home of the Rams. Los Angeles was down to import quarterback Baker Mayfield, who arrived from the Carolina Panthers a few days before. Without knowing much of the playbook, Mayfield led the Rams to a game-winning 98-yard TD drive in an epic performance. It was another sad sack performance by the Raiders, who blew numerous games they should have won throughout the season.
Thursday Night Football Schedule
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