Thursday Night Football vs. Monday Night Football: Which is Less Competitive? Which Has More Blowouts?
We haven’t even started yet. Week 3 was the big Thursday blowout – and the biggest since the current Thursday night package went into effect in 2006. The Atlanta Falcons jumped to a ridiculous 56-0 lead over the hapless Tampa Bay Buccaneers before that game settled at 56-14.
There’s more. The Packers returned to Thursday night in Week 5 and beat the rival Minnesota Vikings 42-10.
Scrap the Thursday night game!! Right?
All those beatdowns in 2014 have understandably created a chorus of Thursday night naysayers, from the media to fans to the players themselves.
New York sports radio is awash in callers bemoaning the lack of competition in the TNF games.
Houston Texans running back Arian Foster told CBS Sports, “I don’t know one player that likes it. I really don’t know a fan that likes it, either.” He alluded to a higher risk in injury thanks to the four-day turnaround.
But here’s the thing. Mondays actually host worse games that are less competitive and field more blowouts, if only by a bit, over the same period of time.
Let’s look at the facts.
First of all, for the past nine seasons (2006-2014) there have actually been more games played on Thursdays each season than on Mondays. Every week, there is one Thursday and one Monday game. Thanks to the Thanksgiving slate, a threesome, add another two Thursday games to the season. It’s Monday night then, by this perspective, that is the odd night out.
It also happens that there have been more blowouts on Mondays than on Thursdays (fairly, the sample set goes back only to 2006 with the inception of TNF).
Furthermore, a preponderance of the Thursday night blowouts occurred on Thanksgiving itself, a tradition that’s been going on for almost 100 years (1920) with little complaint. No one in their right mind would scrap those games.
Let’s look at the stats.
Below is every Monday and Thursday game since 2006 with a point differential of 25 or more: 19 times on Monday Night compared to just 15 times on Thursday – and of those nearly half (seven) were on T-Day.
On both days, the biggest blowout was 42 points. Both days have had eight 30-point or more defeats.
If you look further, though, thanks to my source, pro-football-reference.com, you can see that Mondays also have had twice as many (!) 20-24 point wins (20) than Thursdays (10), again over the same 2006-2014 period.
Conclusion: There’s not much of a difference between Monday and Thursday games, and what there is actually leans towards Mondays being the lamer of the two.Follow @VinGetz
THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL BLOWOUTS (2006-2014, INCL. THANKSGIVING GAMES*)
|1.||Atlanta Falcons||56||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||14||Sep. 18, 2014||42|
|2.||Tennessee Titans||47||Detroit Lions||10||Nov. 27, 2008*||37|
|3.||Green Bay Packers||42||Minnesota Vikings||10||Oct. 2, 2014||32|
|4.||Indianapolis Colts||41||New Orleans Saints||10||Sep. 6, 2007||31|
|4.||Dallas Cowboys||34||New York Jets||3||Nov. 22, 2007*||31|
|4.||New York Giants||45||Washington Redskins||14||Sep. 25, 2014||31|
|7.||Detroit Lions||40||Green Bay Packers||10||Nov. 28, 2013*||30|
|7.||New England Patriots||49||New York Jets||19||Nov. 22, 2012*||30|
|9.||New York Giants||36||Carolina Panthers||7||Sep. 20, 2012||29|
|10.||Dallas Cowboys||38||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||10||Nov. 23, 2006*||28|
|10.||Philadelphia Eagles||48||Arizona Cardinals||20||Nov. 27, 2008*||28|
|12.||Atlanta Falcons||41||Jacksonville Jaguars||14||Dec. 15, 2011||27|
|12.||San Diego Chargers||34||San Francisco 49ers||7||Dec. 16, 2010||27|
|12.||San Diego Chargers||34||Oakland Raiders||7||Dec. 4, 2008||27|
|15.||Dallas Cowboys||34||Seattle Seahawks||9||Nov. 27, 2008*||25|
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL BLOWOUTS (2006-2014)
|1.||New England Patriots||45||New York Jets||3||Dec. 6, 2010||42|
|2.||Green Bay Packers||45||Minnesota Vikings||7||Nov. 14, 2011||38|
|3.||New England Patriots||41||Denver Broncos||7||Oct. 20, 2008||34|
|4.||New York Giants||45||Washington Redskins||12||Dec. 21, 2009||33|
|5.||New England Patriots||34||Kansas City Chiefs||3||Nov. 21, 2011||31|
|5.||Phialdelphia Eagles||59||Washington Redskins||28||Nov. 15, 2010||31|
|5.||Pittsburgh Steelers||38||Baltimore Ravens||7||Nov. 5, 2007||31|
|5.||Baltimore Ravens||44||Cincinnati Bengals||13||Sep. 10, 2012||31|
|9.||New Orleans Saints||45||Atlanta Falcons||16||Dec. 26, 2011||29|
|10.||New England Patriots||42||Houston Texans||14||Dec. 10, 2012||28|
|11.||Denver Broncos||41||Oakland Raiders||14||Sep. 8, 2008||27|
|11.||Kansas City Chiefs||41||New England Patriots||14||Sep. 29, 2014||27|
|11.||New England Patriots||41||Miami Dolphins||14||Oct. 4, 2010||27|
|11.||Tennessee Titans||30||Jacksonville Jaguars||3||Oct. 18, 2010||27|
|11.||San Diego Chargers||27||Oakland Raiders||0||Sep. 11, 2006||27|
|11.||Seattle Seahawks||34||New Orleans Saints||7||Dec. 2, 2013||27|
|17.||Chicago Bears||40||Minnesota Vikings||14||Dec. 20, 2010||26|
|18.||New Orleans Saints||49||New York Giants||24||Nov. 28, 2011||25|
|18.||San Francisco 49ers||32||Chicago Bears||7||Nov. 19, 2012||25|
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