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Thursday Night Football hasn't exactly had the best reputation since it's inception in 2006. From bad matchups to it causing injuries to players, plenty of people have had legitimate gripes with it. But in the betting world, the NFL is and has always been king. This was proven again on Thursday night.


Although, last night's game was a great one, both on paper and on the field, sports bettors clearly took notice prior to the Seattle Seahawks' 27-24 win over the Green Bay Packers. Despite there being a great matchup in the NBA, with the Golden State Warriors taking on the Houston Rockets, and three college football games, the NFL's Thursday nighter got nearly as much attention from bettors as all of those games, combined. 

Sportsbooks were essentially begging people to bet the spread, with Seattle as a 3-point favorite, and with an over/under of just 49, according to ​FanDuel Sportsbook, it was more of a question of when, not if, they'd hit the number. With a line that close, and a strangely low O/U, books knew it would draw major interest on both sides. It clearly worked.

Not even the drama of Warriors-Rockets or the lure of weekday college football could surpass the lone NFL game. The game kept bettors glued to the TV for all 60 minutes as the game ended exactly on the line and just hit the over when Seattle scored the game-winning touchdown with just over five minutes left.

This game further confirmed two things that we all know, but sometimes hate to admit -- the NFL is king and sportsbooks know what they're doing.


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