Thursday Night Football (TNF) odds hold a special place for NFL fans and sports bettors. No longer are Sunday and Monday evenings the only time for prime-time football betting. TNF has established itself as a staple on the schedule.
Any game that stands alone in prime time gets plenty of interest from the public. Sportsbooks offer tons of betting odds for stand-alone games, so any kind of bettor will find a market that works for them.
Here’s how to bet on individual Thursday Night Football odds and all the props and side bets that come with it.
Thursday Night Football odds: Point Spreads, Moneylines, Over/Under
Below you’ll find the latest NFL odds from Canadian online sportsbook for this week’s Thursday Night Football matchup. Click on any odds to go directly to the online sportsbook, claim your bonus and start to make your TNF bets. Go here for this week’s Monday Night Football odds.
Thursday Night Football Schedule
See below for the full Thursday Night Football schedule for this season. Check the latest Thursday Night Football lines from Canadian online sportsbooks in our feed above.
All games can be watched on TSN.
How to Bet on Thursday Night Football
Pro football is one of the most popular sports in North America and as a result, draws a significant amount of attention from bettors across the United States and Canada. Sportsbooks respond to this interest by offering many different sports betting options for every single NFL game. It all starts with the conventional NFL betting options that we’ve all seen before:
- Moneyline: A bet on which team will win the game.
- Point Spread: Betting on which side will ‘cover’ based on a predetermined spread set by oddsmakers.
- Totals: Selecting over or under the total number of points set by oddsmakers.
The above betting options are traditional and common, and they are always available no matter the day of the week or the sportsbook you visit. The more in-depth markets such as props, however, are what makes betting on Thursday Night Football exciting.
Thursday Night Football prop bets
At Canadian online sportsbooks, all NFL games produce dozens of markets (odds) and hundreds of individual options. That includes Thursday games when the variety comes in handy for bettors when the TNF content is the only show in town.
The exact TNF prop bets offered may depend on the site but based on DraftKings Sportsbook, which is known for its range of options, this is some of what you can expect to find:
- 1st Half Moneylines, Spreads, & Totals
- 2nd Half Moneylines, Spreads, & Totals
- Quarters Moneylines, Spreads, & Totals
- Alternative Spreads & Totals
- Individual Team Totals
- Player Throwing/Receiving/Rushing Stats
- Winning Margin
- First TD scored in Game
- First Scoring Play
- Longest FG Made
- Total First Downs
- Total Punts
Even though Thursday Night Football is the only game on at the time it’s being played, some sportsbooks such as DraftKings may allow bettors to build parlays with multiple sides from the same game. This can be done by combining a spread and total into the same bet slip, or by singling out a specific market that combines a moneyline or spread and the total.
Live betting on Thursday Night Football
As is the case with all NFL games, the Thursday contest brings with it a host of in-game betting opportunities. Some markets disappear when the game begins but there are still a variety of betting options to choose from if you’re looking to place live bets.
- Moneylines, Spreads, & Totals
- Alternate Spreads & Totals
- Player Props (e.g., Rush/Pass/Rec Yards, Next TD Scorer)
- Team Props (e.g., Team Totals)
- Game Props (e.g., Next Scoring Play)
Live betting began as an option for those who missed kickoff to still get in on the action, but it has developed into a full-blown strategy for many NFL bettors who believe there is value in seeing how the game starts and letting the lines develop. In-game odds are also a great option for anyone looking to execute a hedge or find a middle with a previous bet.
TNF betting tips & advice for beginners
Betting on Thursday Night Football is not quite like betting on the rest of the week’s games. Most of that has to do with the game being played on Thursday and how that schedule impacts teams. Keep the following TNF betting tips and advice in mind:
- The home team is at an advantage: Practice time is already cut short anytime you play on Thursday, but the away team gets even less time to prepare because it also has to travel on a short week. It’s a built-in advantage to play at home on Thursday, maybe even more so than Sunday.
- Potential for points: Another thing to consider about the decreased practice time is that game plans can’t be fully installed. This can work to the defence’s advantage at some points but from what we’ve seen in recent seasons, it lends itself to points being scored pretty easily on Thursdays. Depending on the teams, look toward the over.
- Wait until Thursday to wager: There’s always a concern of waiting too long and losing value on the line, but it’s more important to see an injury report on Wednesday before making a decision. Teams will play injuries close to the vest in these situations but given the lessened preparation time, it’s more likely a player who is banged up may sit out this game and take the long week after to rest.
How to stream Thursday Night Football live
During the NFL season, Thursday Night Football begins each week of football with kickoff scheduled for 8:20 p.m. EST.
The television rights to Thursday Night Football belong to FOX through 2022, but there is a wide range of options to choose from when it comes to watching TNF games for free. Under the current contract, Thursday games are broadcast on FOX, NFL Network, and Amazon Prime.
Beginning in 2023, Amazon has exclusive rights to TNF for the next 11 seasons through 2023. There also may be opportunities for sportsbooks to earn the right to broadcast games live on their application for bettors to take in the action and place wagers at the same time.
Which teams play on Thursday Night Football?
Every one of the 32 NFL teams plays 17 games (starting in 2021) with one bye week. That’s 272 games to schedule over 18 weeks to make things even for everyone. And there are specific parameters to follow such as certain divisions playing against one another and each team needing to play each in its division twice.
Most of the work is done by computers to generate the perfect schedule, but prime-time games such as Thursday Night Football take a bit of extra work. This is especially true because it’s a short week for the two teams that have to play, and the goal of the league is to not give each team a short week more than once.
When it comes to the TNF schedule, the game features different teams every week so there is no pattern for exactly what teams or types of matchups to expect. With that said, the variety we see on TNF results from the fact that every NFL team gets to play in one prime time game every season. There are only three weekly spots for these games, plus holidays such as Thanksgiving, so there are many teams to fit onto the schedule.
The truth is that Sunday Night Football and Monday Night Football are generally the premier games of the week. That leaves Thursday night as the slot where some of the lesser teams are given the chance to play in front of a national audience. That isn’t to say many of the matchups aren’t exciting, however, especially when a good portion of them are played between division or conference rivals.