Thursday Night Football Odds

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Thursday Night Football odds

The NFL betting experts at TheLines will deliver betting analysis for every Thursday Night Football game during the pro football season. We will look at Thursday Night Football odds and analyze why they are moving a certain way, along with breaking down the matchup and providing the week’s best prop bets. The New York Jets will do battle with the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on Thursday, December 28 at 8:20 p.m. ET. Myles Garrett’s Browns opened as a -5.5 favorite. Live TNF betting odds for this game including the spread, moneyline and total are available to bet on.

Thursday Night Football odds

Here is a look at Thursday Night Football odds with the Saints set to play the Rams.

New York Jets () at Cleveland Browns ()

The New York Jets and Cleveland Browns will face off at Cleveland Browns Stadium in a Week 17 AFC showdown on Thursday, Dec. 28. The game will mark the 30th meeting, including the postseason, in a series the Browns lead by a 15-14 margin.

The Jets experienced a rare taste of offensive success in Week 16, topping the hapless Commanders by a 30-28 score. It was actually New York’s second 30-point tally of the last three games and moved Gang Green to 6-9.

The Browns kept rolling by notching a third straight win to get to 10-5, recording a 36-22 victory over the Texans that featured a record-breaking afternoon from Amari Cooper, who posted an 11-265-2 line in conjunction with Joe Flacco. 

The Browns were one-point underdogs when this line was first released in the summer, unsurprising considering the Jets were expected to be led by Aaron Rodgers at that point in time. The line had flipped to Browns -4.5 prior to Week 16 action, and it’s shot up all the way to 7.5 as of Tuesday afternoon despite New York’s Week 16 win. 

Totals tied into Jets games have been low for pretty much the entire season, and accordingly, this number sat at 35.5 prior to Week 16 action. It was bet up a full point in the immediate aftermath of Sunday’s games, and it’s primarily toggled between 35.5 and 36 since then.

  • The Jets are 5-9-1 against the spread this season, including 1-4-1 on the road and 4-6 in conference games.
  • The Over is 6-9 in New York’s games this season, including 2-4 in its road games and 4-6 in its games against fellow AFC teams.
  • The Browns are 9-5-1 against the spread this season, including 7-1 at home and 6-4 in conference games.
  • The Over is 9-6 in Cleveland’s games this season, including 2-6 in its home games and 6-4 in conference games.

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Jets at Browns odds

As alluded to earlier, the Jets managed to cobble together 30 points for the second time in December in Week 16, but the quarterback play continued to be mostly suspect. Trevor Siemian filled in for Zach Wilson (concussion) and threw for 217 yards, but he completed only 55.1 percent of his passes and benefited from the defense handing him the ball in Washington territory, not to mention from a standout effort by Breece Hall through both the ground and air. Siemian will start this Week 17 matchup as well with Wilson still in concussion protocol, and he’ll face a Browns defense that’s been a true Jekyll-and-Hyde unit all season in terms of its home/road splits. Cleveland has been nearly impenetrable at home, where it’s allowed an NFL-low 110.5 passing yards per game on an absurd 52.7 percent completion rate. Siemian already has plenty of trouble with accuracy, so this shapes up as about the worst matchup possible when also factoring in they’ve recorded 16 interceptions and 44 sacks. The one saving grace for Siemian might be quick dump-off passes to Hall, a route the journeyman quarterback took to the tune of 12 completions and 96 yards in Week 16.

Speaking of Hall, his 95 rushing yards and pair of rushing touchdowns against the Commanders qualified as his best day on the ground since way back in Week 5, while his aforementioned catch and yardage totals, along with his 16 targets, were all season highs. The matchup against Washington’s run defense wasn’t necessarily appealing on paper, and the one against Cleveland’s front isn’t either. The Browns have given up just 87.4 rushing yards per home contest, and just 72.7 yards per game in the last three. New York’s offensive line has been a mess most of the season and has facilitated a modest 1.13 yards per carry before first contact per Pro Football Focus (PFF). With that sparse amount of running room typically available, it’s not surprising Hall is averaged a tiny 2.5 yards per carry since that Week 5 game going into Sunday’s resurgent effort.

Flacco has been quite the late-season revelation for Cleveland, perhaps saving the Browns’ season after Deshaun Watson’s ended early due to injury and neither PJ Walker nor rookie Dorian Thompson-Robinson proved up to the task of guiding the offense effectively. Flacco has thrown for 1,307 yards and 10 touchdowns in just four games, eclipsing the 300-yard mark in each of the last three along the way. The connection that Flacco has developed with Cooper in particular has been nothing short of remarkable, and he also has demonstrated solid chemistry with old Jets teammate Elijah Moore and tight end David Njoku. The matchup Thursday doesn’t shape up as very attractive on paper, however, considering the Jets’ secondary has been one of the team’s consistent bright spots while allowing just 168.6 passing yards per game, including 136.7 per in the last three contests.

With the matchup through the air potentially the stingiest Flacco has faced thus far, there may be more opportunity than usual for the Jerome Ford-Kareem Hunt backfield duo. The Jets’ run defense has been inconsistent throughout the season and comes in having allowed 126.2 rushing yards per game, including 138.5 per road contest. At the same time, New York has given up just 3.95 yards per carry to RBs overall and an acceptable 1.20 yards per carry before first contact, so they’ve tended to be victimized by occasional chunk gains. Ford and Hunt have been stymied by having to run behind an offensive line facilitating a co-NFL-low 0.99 yards per carry before first contact, but they could both benefit from the fact the Jets have surrendered a generous 75-558-4 line through the air to RBs.

TNF betting odds

Here are TNF betting odds for every Thursday Night Football game in the 2023 season. Keep in mind that these are opening odds from when they were first released in May.

DateGame Thursday Night Football odds
Thursday, September 7Detroit Lions at Kansas City ChiefsLions (+6.5) at Chiefs (-6.5)
Thursday, September 14Minnesota Vikings at Philadelphia EaglesVikings (+5.5) at Eagles (-5.5)
Thursday, September 21New York Giants at San Francisco 49ersGiants (+4.5) at 49ers (-4.5)
Thursday, September 28Detroit Lions at Green Bay PackersLions (-1.5) at Packers (+1.5)
Thursday, October 5Chicago Bears at Washington CommandersBears (+1.5) at Commanders (-1.5)
Thursday, October 12Denver Broncos at Kansas City ChiefsBroncos (+7) at Chiefs (-7)
Thursday, October 19Jacksonville Jaguars at New Orleans SaintsJaguars (-1) at Saints (+1)
Thursday, October 26Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Buffalo BillsBuccaneers (+10) at Bills (-10)
Thursday, November 2Tennessee Titans at Pittsburgh SteelersTitans (+4) at Steelers (-4)
Thursday, November 9Carolina Panthers at Chicago BearsPanthers (+2) at Bears (-2)
Thursday, November 16Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore RavensBengals (-1) at Ravens (+1)
Thursday, November 23San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks49ers (-1.5) at Seahawks (+1.5)
Thursday, November 30Seattle Seahawks at Dallas CowboysSeahawks (+3.5) at Cowboys (-3.5)
Thursday, December 7New England Patriots at Pittsburgh SteelersPatriots (+1) at Steelers (-1)
Thursday, December 14LA Chargers at Las Vegas RaidersChargers (-1.5) at Raiders (+1.5)
Thursday, December 21New Orleans Saints at LA RamsSaints (+1) at Rams (-1)
Thursday, December 28New York Jets at Cleveland BrownsJets (-1) at Browns (+1)

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How to watch Thursday Night Football

The Thursday Night Football schedule is the most complex of the primetime NFL spots.

The first Thursday season opener doesn’t fall under the TNF title. Lions versus Chiefs was broadcast on NBC at 8:20 p.m. ET. And, the three-game Thanksgiving slate is carried by three different networks.

The rest of the NFL Thursday night schedule will be broadcast nationally on Amazon Prime Video. Al Michaels and Kirk Herbstreit will have the call starting in Week 2 with the Vikings versus the Eagles. Each Thursday night game will begin at 8:20 p.m. Eastern, regardless of the network.

Thursday Night Football betting tips

How to bet TNF like a sharp

Thursday Night Football condenses the practice week for coaches, decreases recovery time for players and limits opportunities for media members to uncover stories and create narratives. This unpredictability factor can help to level the sports-betting playing field.

Taking the most rested team is never a bad idea. You want the healthiest squad with the longest amount of preparation time since its last game.

Siding with the home team in what would otherwise be a pick’em doesn’t hurt, either. You want the team that’s spent the longest amount of time preparing in the proper city, not wasting what can be the better of a day traveling.

You want the healthiest side, as simple as that. Without a proper injury report, it can be tough to tell what level of health players will be at when gearing up to play in a big primetime spot. Don’t expect a player who left a game Sunday to return in elite form by Thursday. He’ll more than likely be a decoy.

Don’t fall into the public opinion trap of TNF always being a lousy game. It’s still one of only 17 games those two teams will play all year and most of them generally need to win. Coaches will do the best with what they have, and plenty of players have burst onto the scene with strong games while filling in for an injured starter.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does Thursday Night Football start?

The true 2023 Thursday Night Football slate will start with the Vikings taking on the Eagles in Philadelphia. This game will be played on Sept. 14.

How to stream Thursday Night Football

TNF can be streamed live on Amazon Prime.

What is the highest-scoring Thursday Night Football game ever?

The Los Angeles Rams defeated the San Francisco 49ers 41-39 in Week 3 of the 2017 campaign in the highest-scoring TNF game of all time.

Who are the TNF announcers?

Al Michaels and Kirk Herbstreit will call TNF for the second straight year. Joe Buck and Troy Aikman, who moved from FOX to ESPN, previously had the call.

Hannah Storm and Andrea Kremer made history in 2018 as the first all-woman NFL broadcast team as an alternate stream for Amazon Prime viewers.

Who was the original Thursday Night Football broadcast crew?

The original TNF broadcast crew for NFL Network in 2006 was Bryant Gumbel and Cris Collinsworth.

Retired Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo memorably joined Jim Nantz for CBS’ final year of TNF coverage in 2017.

Who sings the Thursday Night Football theme song?

Amazon will again air its own instrumental theme to begin the coverage, unlike the SNF and MNF primetime spots.