Thursday Night Football gets a lot of stick, but without it, we’d be waiting all week for football to return.
The first season on Amazon Prime was a success, and the legendary duo of Al Michaels and Kirk Herbstreit are set to grace our screens again in 2023.
However, for the first time, teams are now allowed to play on TNF twice per season, and games from Week 13-17 can be flexed into the early primetime slot.
With that said, let’s look at the current 2023 TNF schedule and the latest Thursday Night Football betting odds for each matchup.
NFL Thursday Night Football Odds & Lines
NFL betting odds used for these Thursday Night Football predictions are current as of Wednesday, Dec. 6, and courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook.
2023 Thursday Night Football Games
Week 14: New England Patriots vs Pittsburgh Steelers
Patriots +6 (-110) @ Steelers -6 (-110)
The Steelers’ second TNF game of the season will bring back memories of when Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger dueled for the AFC crown.
While the coaches on both sides remain, the faces around them have changed.
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Unfortunately for the Patriots, those changes have not been for the better, especially on offense.
This has all the makings of a late-season Thursday Night Football Under.
Week 15: Los Angeles Chargers vs Las Vegas Raiders
Chargers -1.5 (-110) @ Raiders +1.5 (-110)
If you look at the preseason AFC West odds, the spread for this matchup doesn’t make much sense.
Although the Raiders have won their last two home games in this rivalry, they should be significantly worse this season with Jimmy Garoppolo taking over for Derek Carr.
Back Justin Herbert to lead the Chargers to a late-season victory and cover this spread.
Week 16: New Orleans Saints vs Los Angeles Rams
Saints +1 (-110) @ Rams -1 (-110)
After winning Super Bowl 56, last season couldn’t have gone much worse for the Rams.
Los Angeles finished with a league-low 280.5 yards per game of total offense as injuries to Matthew Stafford and Cooper Kupp exacted their toll.
The Rams should be better this season, but there’s a reason this spread is so small. The Saints, led by new QB Derek Carr, are likelier to be playing for something at this point of the year.
Week 17: New York Jets vs Cleveland Browns
Jets -1 (-110) @ Browns +1 (-110)
The season’s final Thursday Night Football game will see Aaron Rodgers and the Jets visit Deshaun Watson’s Cleveland Browns.
These two teams played a memorable game last season, with New York erasing a 13-point deficit in the final two minutes to win 31-30. However, the quarterbacks that day were Joe Flacco and Jacoby Brissett.
While this rematch may not recreate that level of drama, it could have AFC playoff implications.
Past Thursday Night Football Odds
Week 1: Detroit Lions vs Kansas City Chiefs Lions +6.5 (+100) @ Chiefs -6.5 (-120) The defending Super Bowl champion Chiefs will open the season at home against the upstart Lions, who won eight of their last 10 games in 2022. Jared Goff and Co. have proven they can keep pace with some of the league’s best teams, and Kansas City has historically struggled to cover these larger spreads at home. I’ll be most tempted to take the Over when it is released, but for now, I’d lean towards Detroit and the points.
Week 2: Minnesota Vikings vs Philadelphia Eagles Vikings +7.5 (-110) @ Eagles -7.5 (-110) These two teams met on Monday Night Football in Week 2 of the 2022 season, with Philadelphia winning 24-7 at home. I could see Jalen Hurts putting up another 300-plus passing yards against a mediocre Minnesota defense in another lopsided victory.
Week 3: New York Giants vs San Francisco 49ers Giants +9.5 (-110) @ 49ers -9.5 (-110) Daniel Jones has a few more weapons at his disposal this season, including tight end Darren Waller and rookie wideout Jalin Hyatt, but will that be enough against the vaunted San Francisco defense? This will be a strong early-season test of the Giants’ mettle. But given how well Brock Purdy and Co. have played to start the season, I favor the home team.
Week 4: Detroit Lions vs Green Bay Packers Lions +1.5 (-110) @ Packers -1.5 (-110) After opening the season on TNF, the Lions return three weeks later for a trip to Lambeau Field. There, Detroit will meet a Packers team it swept last season, albeit with Aaron Rodgers under center. We haven’t seen enough of Jordan Love to know what to expect, but there should be a drop-off. Take the Lions as short road underdogs.
Week 5: Chicago Bears vs Washington Commanders Bears +4.5 (-110) @ Commanders -4.5 (-110) This has Thursday Night Football clunker written all over it. These two teams met on TNF last season, and the Carson Wentz-led Commanders won 12-7. A similar outcome wouldn’t be shocking.
Week 6: Denver Broncos vs Kansas City Chiefs Broncos +7 (+100) @ Chiefs -7 (-120) The 2022 Broncos were one of the worst teams in football, yet their two losses to the Chiefs came by a combined nine points. New head coach Sean Payton should help Russell Wilson get back on track, so taking the seven points at even money with Denver feels like a steal.
Week 7: Jacksonville Jaguars vs New Orleans Saints Jaguars +1 (-110) @ Saints -1 (-110) This should be an intriguing game. The Jaguars have the best odds to win the AFC South, while the Saints are expected to top the NFC South. Therefore, this matchup should tell us which division is better. Heading into the season, I have more questions about the Saints, but it’s hard to fade a TNF home favorite in the Caesars Superdome.
Week 8: Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Buffalo Bills Buccaneers +7.5 (-110) @ Bills -7.5 (-110) Last year, this matchup would’ve been must-see TV. This year, we’ll probably be watching a Buffalo Bills blowout victory. Tampa Bay’s defense could cause Josh Allen some problems, but the Buccaneers’ offense won’t be able to keep pace. However, I’m not sure I want to lay more than a touchdown with the home team.
Week 9: Tennessee Titans vs Pittsburgh Steelers Titans +3 (-115) @ Steelers -3 (-105) This AFC showdown should be one of the most physical Thursday Night Football matchups we see this season. It will also feature two of the best coaches in the NFL, Mike Vrabel and Mike Tomlin. Both teams tend to fare well as underdogs (thanks to that stellar coaching), so I’d lean toward taking the points with the Titans on the road.
Week 10: Carolina Panthers vs Chicago Bears Panthers +3.5 (-110) @ Bears -3.5 (-110) The Bears traded the No. 1 pick in the 2023 NFL Draft to the Panthers, who selected Alabama quarterback Bryce Young. How will he and this struggling Carolina offense fare against a middling Chicago side? If you’re backing the Panthers, watch out for the DJ Moore revenge game, especially if Justin Fields (thumb) returns to action.
Week 11: Cincinnati Bengals vs Baltimore Ravens Bengals +3.5 (-110) @ Ravens -3.5 (-110) These AFC North rivals split the regular-season series in 2022, but Joe Burrow and the Bengals won the all-important postseason tiebreaker. If not for a fluky defensive touchdown, the Ravens would’ve won that game in Cincinnati with Tyler Huntley under center. With Lamar Jackson playing at an MVP level and one of the league’s best defenses in tow, I like the Ravens to win this game at home.
Week 12: San Francisco 49ers vs Seattle Seahawks 49ers -6.5 (-110) @ Seahawks +6.5 (-110) The 49ers won all three meetings against the Seahawks in 2022, outscoring Seattle 89-43 in the process. John Schneider and Pete Carroll have upgraded their roster over the offseason to try to close that gap, as well as the one in the NFC West odds. However, San Francisco is still the more well-rounded team. Take the Niners on the spread and check out our full NFL Thanksgiving odds.
Week 13: Seattle Seahawks vs Dallas Cowboys Seahawks +8.5 (-110) @ Cowboys -8.5 (-110) It’s become custom for teams that feature on Thanksgiving Day to play on Thursday night the following week. The holiday treated these two teams differently. The Cowboys feasted on the Commanders, while the Seahawks were roasted by San Francisco. Dallas makes an excellent teaser piece, especially given their home success over the last two seasons.