Thursday Night Football Odds

Online sports betting is expected in Ohio, but not live as of yet. This page will be updated with the latest news, odds and promos once Ohio sportsbooks are live. 

NFL games on a Thursday used to be a special occurrence for days like Thanksgiving, but Thursday Night Football is now a weekly item during the regular season. Many fans and even players will sometimes complain about playing such a physical game on extremely limited rest, which could impact play on the field. Still, the NFL does well in stand-alone games, and tons of fans are watching for one reason or another.

With legal sports betting continuing to spread across the US, football’s popularity will likely only grow. Soon enough, it could go live in Ohio. That means those inside the state would be able to place wagers on Thursday Night Football games.

This page will go over what to expect on the Thursday Night Football schedule this fall and how to bet on the games.

Tonight’s TNF odds: Spreads, Moneylines, Totals

2021 Thursday Night Football schedule

DateAway TeamHome Team
Sep. 9Dallas CowboysTampa Bay Buccaneers
Sep. 16New York GiantsWashington Football Team
Sep. 23Carolina PanthersHouston Texans
Sep. 30Jacksonville JaguarsCincinnati Bengals
Oct. 7Los Angeles RamsSeattle Seahawks
Oct. 14Tampa Bay BuccaneersPhiladelphia Eagles
Oct. 21Denver BroncosCleveland Browns
Oct. 28Green Bay PackersArizona Cardinals
Nov. 4New York JetsIndianapolis Colts
Nov. 11Baltimore RavensMiami Dolphins
Nov. 18New England PatriotsAtlanta Falcons
Nov. 25Buffalo BillsNew Orleans Saints
Dec. 2Dallas CowboysNew Orleans Saints
Dec. 9Pittsburgh SteelersMinnesot Vikings
Dec. 16Kansas City ChiefsLos Angeles Chargers
Dec. 23San Francisco 49ersTennessee Titans

When are the Cleveland Browns playing Thursday Night Football?

The Cleveland Browns played one Thursday Night Football game during the 2021-22 NFL season, and it took place on Oct. 21 at home against the Denver Broncos. The two had not played each other since October 2019 when the Broncos won 24-19 in Denver. Cleveland played one Thursday Night Football game in 2020 and defeated the in-state rival Cincinnati Bengals 35-30 at home.

When are the Cincinnati Bengals playing Thursday Night Football?

The Cincinnati Bengals had one Thursday Night Football game on their schedule this season, against the Jacksonville Jaguars at home on Sept. 30. The Bengals beat Jacksonville 33-25 last October in Cincinnati, and their only Thursday Night Football game in 2020 came in the road loss to the Browns.

Thursday Night Football live betting

Live betting is becoming more popular by the year, to the point that it’s shocking that bettors used to need to get their bets in prior to the start of the game. Live betting, also referred to as in game betting, lets you place online NFL wagers as games are going on. It can allow you to adjust your betting strategy if you notice something while watching a game, or just liven up a game in which you have not specific rooting interest.

The most convenient way to bet live is by pulling out your phone to and betting with an Ohio sports betting app. This allows you to place NFL wagers as you watch Thursday Night Football on your TV. Live betting has changed the game for many bettors, and it can be a thrilling style of wagering. Live Thursday Night Football odds are moving by the second based on the latest happenings of a particular game and the sportsbook’s algorithms.

Bettors can take a look at just about anything throughout the game including the most basic of NFL betting odds like the point spread, moneyline bets and points total, all of which will shift frequently. Use one of the top sportsbooks like DraftKings or FanDuel sportsbook for the most live betting options.

TNF betting tips, trends & advice

Thursday Night Football games can be difficult to predict because of how little time teams have to prepare compared to a normal week of the NFL regular season. Most teams will get done playing a tough, physical game on a Sunday with just three days off before suiting up and getting back on the field. That’s not a ton of recovery time, but it seems like players have adjusted to that over the past few years.

One item to consider when you’re thinking about placing a bet on Thursday Night Football is how well teams typically play at night. If there is a large enough sample size for a particular head coach, a trend like this could be valuable.

Just like betting on every NFL game, it is important to monitor injury reports but especially for Thursday with such minimal recovery time. Teams tend to do a good job of giving fans and bettors accurate information on whether players will be healthy enough to play or whether their availability is in question.

Be on the lookout for teams that had extra days of rest. If one team is coming off a bye week while the other just played on Sunday, that could be a distinct advantage to take into account. Also, home teams have an advantage without needing to travel and can maximize practice time. With all of these items, however, oddsmakers have them factored into their Thursday Night Football betting lines every week.

Finally, one important thing to consider before betting on Thursday Night Football games is that you don’t have to. Stand-alone games like Thursday Night Football, Sunday Night Football and Monday Night Football receive a ton of betting action that they otherwise would not if they were just part of the usual Sunday afternoon mix of games. Picking your spots can be a good idea, and you should only place a Thursday Night Football bet when you think you have an edge.

What time does Thursday Night Football start?

Thursday Night Football games kick off at 8:20 p.m. ET nearly every week of the NFL’s regular season.

How to watch Thursday Night Football in Ohio

Thursday Night Football is on a variety of networks throughout the 2021 NFL season, but fans should be able to easily find all the games. Aside from the league’s season-opening matchup between the Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Thanksgiving night game featuring the Buffalo Bills and New Orleans Saints, which both air on NBC, every other Thursday night game will be on the NFL Network in addition to a few other locations.

Fans will occasionally have the option to view Thursday Night Football games on Fox or Amazon, which is set to be the future of the Thursday Night Football package. Starting in the 2022 season, Thursday Night Football broadcasts are expected to air exclusively on Amazon via a long-term contract. This probably is not getting talked about enough at this point, and fans could be in for a surprise as we get closer to the 2022 NFL season. It will be interesting to see how many fans are willing to pay for an Amazon Prime subscription specifically because of Thursday Night Football. Fans’ behavior could have a big impact on the future of sports rights when it comes to exclusive streaming.

Here is where TNF games will air throughout the regular season in 2021:

  • Week 1: NBC
  • Weeks 2-4: NFL Network
  • Week 5-11: NFL Network/Fox/Amazon
  • Week 12: NBC
  • Week 13-15: NFL Network/Fox/Amazon
  • Week 16: NFL Network

NFL games will air on Thursday night for each of the first 16 weeks of the season. Weeks 17 and 18 will not feature any games on Thursday nights.

Games on NBC and Fox are available for free over the air, so all you will need is an antenna to view those games on broadcast television, while the NFL Network is available on many major cable, satellite and streaming packages.

How to stream TNF

Plenty of households across the US are cutting the cord, including households of NFL fans. Even without paying for a satellite or cable package, it is still fairly easy to track every TNF game throughout the regular season through streaming.

Many of the popular streaming services are likely to have NBC, Fox and NFL Network in their channel lineup with services like YouTube TV, Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, DirecTV Stream, etc. Be sure to check each services’ channel lineup before making a purchase and take advantage of free trials when you can.

For the two Thursday night games that air on NBC, they also are available on the NBC Sports app, NBC app or on NBCSports.com. To view those options, you must provide your TV provider login. Otherwise, those games will be on Peacock, which costs $4.99 per month on the premium plan.

For games exclusively on the NFL Network, you can stream them on NFL.com or the NFL app, though NFL Network must be a part of your cable, satellite or streaming subscription to watch them.

For games on Fox, you can stream them on Fox Live or through the Bally Sports app, which would require a login from a cable, satellite or streaming service that offers access to Fox. For games on Amazon, fans can stream them through Prime Video, which goes for $8.99 per month.

Additionally, you can stream Thursday Night Football games through the Yahoo Sports app for free this season.

Who are the TNF announcers for 2021?

For the two Thursday night games on NBC, the usual crew of Al Michael, Cris Collinsworth and sideline reporter Michele Tafoya are likely to handle those broadcasts.

For the rest, it is likely to be Joe Buck and Troy Aikman handling most if not all of the Thursday night games along with Erin Andrews as the game’s sideline reporter. Kristina Pink will also join the mix as a sideline reporter later in the season. This will be the usual announcer lineup when games air on NFL Network, Fox and Amazon.

Additionally, Amazon Prime Video will offer a live stream online with an alternate broadcast that will include Andrea Kramer and Hannah Storm announcing the game as they have been doing for a few years when Amazon broadcasts Thursday Night Football games.

Thursday Night Football records

Thursday Night Football became a regular item during the latter portion of each season in 2006. Ever since 2012, weekly Thursday night games have been the norm throughout the regular season. Here are a few noteworthy milestones from TNF’s history:

  • Most Thursday Night Football games played: San Francisco 49ers (16)
  • Most Thursday Night Football victories: Baltimore Ravens (10)
  • Highest Thursday Night Football winning percentage: Seattle Seahawks/New England Patriots (.800)