Which NFL TNF Game Has The Best Odds To Be Flexed In 2023?

Which NFL TNF Game Has The Best Odds To Be Flexed In 2023?
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It’s been three years since the New Orleans Saints last tasted the NFL postseason, with a record of 16-18 (.471) over the last two seasons.  

It seems 2023 could be the year the Dennis Allen-coached club turns things around, though, with oddsmakers at BetMGM Sportsbook Louisiana giving the Saints +125 odds of winning the NFC South (tops in the division).  

The Saints also have +1800 odds of winning the NFC (ranking fifth in the conference) and +4000 (T-15th, with Denver, and Seattle) for the Saints Super Bowl odds on BetMGM Sportsbook Louisiana, showing how far the team has come over the last 36 months.  

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2023-24 NFL Thursday Night Football Flex Odds

With the new flex plan in the NFL enacted, LouisianaBets.com utilized win total odds from Louisiana DraftKings Sportsbook and other games during those weeks to develop hypothetical odds for the NFL Thursday Night Football game to most likely be flexed in the 2023-24 season. 

GameWeek% ChanceOdds
New Orleans Saints at Los Angeles RamsWeek 1640.0%+150
Los Angeles Chargers at Las Vegas RaidersWeek 1522.2%+350
New York Jets at Cleveland Browns Week 17 18.2%+450
New England Patriots at Pittsburgh SteelersWeek 1415.4%+550
Seattle Seahawks at Dallas CowboysWeek 134.0%+2400

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Why We See The Saints-Rams Game Getting Flexed?

With oddsmakers at DraftKings Sportsbook Louisiana giving the Saints -105 moneyline odds to clear 9.5 wins and +300 odds on the Rams to reach 8.5 victories, it seems the matchup between NOLA and L.A. is bound to get flexed out of primetime.  

With the contest between the Saints and Rams taking place during Week 16, there’s a good chance either team (or both) will be out of the running to make the postseason by the time the contest kicks off.  

That means the TV executives inside the league office and at Amazon Prime (who airs the league’s TNF contests) will likely opt for a better contest in primetime during the NFL’s third-to-last week of gridiron action.  

That’s why BetLouisiana.com gives the Saints-Rams showdown a 40% chance (or +150 odds-wise) of being flexed out of Thursday Night Football, in exchange for a showdown like the Bengals and Steelers, Lions and Vikings, or the Bills and Chargers.  

As it stands now, the Saints are slated to have three primetime games, with a Monday night showdown against the Panthers in Week 2 and a pair of TNF games (against the Jaguars on Oct. 19 and the Rams in Week 16).  

Should the Rams or Saints falter out of the gate, don’t be surprised if Roger Goodell and company opt to pull the plug on the teams’ Week 16 soiree, in favor of one of the aforementioned contests that weekend.  

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Christopher Boan writes for LouisianaBets.com and has been covering sports and sports betting for more than seven years, with experience at ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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