Kicking off the 2011-12 Thursday Night offerings for NFL Football with a bang this evening, sports fans get an excellent look into the tightening playoff race in the AFC West, as the San Diego Chargers host the Oakland Raiders in a must-win situation for both teams. Though tonight’s match-up is as usual limited to those who subscribe to the NFL Network (still haven’t found out why this is more profitable than cashing in on a national audience/bigger ad dollars), nonetheless all football fans and especially those with a taste for betting on sports can find this game as the biggest match-up during for online sportsbook bets during the middle of the week, and a great place to start wagers for Thursday at one of the top online sportsbooks reviewed here. As the Chargers get set to kick-off against the Raiders in a heated match-up between two teams stuck at 4-4, and without the actual game on cable TV, the majority of us sports fans will have to settle for checking out the wagering lines on this great match-up at one of the top sportsbooks reviewed here, and retain hope that someday the NFL decides to work an agreement to put these games on primetime. While hopes remain of seeing that day come, for sports betting on Thursday, this game is front and center for sports fans, and today a trip to one of the best online sports betting sites like the one found at the WagerWeb.com Sportsbook will yield a wager on this match-up, as well as a handful of games taking place in NHL Hockey and NCAA Football for Thursday. With a couple of top-ranked College Football teams in play tonight, it’s a great day to be a football fan, as regardless of whether you pick up the NFL Network, you’ll at least have the options for online sports betting on football ahead of the weekend’s usual sports festivities!
To start the wagers off on Thursday, we’ll start with the lines on the San Diego vs. Oakland match-up, with the WagerWeb.com Sportsbook giving a few solid opportunities for sports fans to pick up a wagering win. First off, San Diego pulls the favorite at home, getting the line at -7 with many expecting a bounce-back performance at some time from the struggling Phillip Rivers. Dropping 3 straight games after starting 4-1, the Chargers simply must find a win to get their offense clicking, and keep the Raiders’ Carson Palmer from having a good day with no mistakes (Oakland has lived and died in the last two games by QB errors). With Rivers throwing an NFL-high 14 interceptions this year, in this match-up it almost comes down to which quarterback makes the least number of mistakes, and with Palmer losing 9 straight games to AFC West teams, San Diego definitely should be looking to take advantage at home against an error-prone Oakland offense. Can we expect that the Chargers, one of the top offensive teams in the league, to being their late-season surge starting with tonight’s game, or are their more fundamental issues to still be worked out in Southern California? Despite losing their last two games to Oakland, we’ll side with San Diego getting back in shape in a must-win game at home, and clip the Raiders by way of simply being the team making the least mistakes in this Thursday night NFL Football showdown.
Moving on to further options for sportsbook bets on Thursday, check out the 8 games available in NHL Hockey action tonight, all of which will be great contests to watch and wager on. In the biggest match-up between two hot teams, the Minnesota Wild hit the road against the surging San Jose Sharks, in what should be an interesting match-up for the Sharks against two of their former top players, Devin Setoguchi and Dany Heatley. Looking to win a franchise record six games in a row, the Wild will no doubt have a tough challenge ahead, especially against a San Jose team that has beaten the Wild 8 times in 9 tries at HP Pavilion, and have won 7 of 9 overall. Other great NHL match-ups to check out include the Vancouver Canucks at the Los Angeles Kings, the hot-starting Edmonton Oilers on the road at Boston, and the Toronto Maple Leafs, who at 9-5-1 still haven’t regressed back to the average yet as the take on the St. Louis Blues tonight. Make sure to get a taste of NHL Hockey action with a pretty full boat of games on tap at WagerWeb.com, as this year’s campaign on ice has been and will continue to be thrilling for both hockey fans and online sports bettors alike!
Lastly for Thursday’s online sports betting, look into the betting lines for NCAA College Football, as one of the biggest Thursday match-ups gets underway as #12 Virginia Tech takes on #21 Georgia Tech in what should be an exciting, intense battle between two off the ACC’s top teams. As both teams come rested off a bye week, no doubt this is a great game to catch a bet or two on, especially as in each year since 2005, one of these two teams has been the representative of the Coastal Conference in the ACC title game. A win for the visiting Hokies would put them in firm command of the division, but on the road against a tough running team in GT (ranked 2nd in the nation at a whopping 328 rushing yards/game) who comes in confident after beating then-undefeated #5 Clemson, this could be anybody’s contest tonight, and one well worth watching and wagering on. Adding in to the NCAA Football fun is #19 Houston against Tulane, which despite likely being lopsided, will be a fun match-up to watch the NCAA’s all-time leading passer, Case Keenum, work his magic (here’s some fun stats for Keenum, 3,626 yards passing, 34 touchdowns, 3 INTs, 74 percent completion rate. Yikes). Undefeated at 9-0, expect the Cougars to roll up big-time points on the hapless Green Wave, and while a crazy idea, the 34 1/2 points on the spread really isn’t that much for a team that is 1st in scoring at 52.7 points and has beaten it’s last 4 opponents by an average of 42.5 points. Once again, it’s another great day for sports and online sportsbook bets, so check out all this sports betting action and more at the WagerWeb Sportsbook for great action all day long, and we’ll catch you on the flipside before heading to the weekend!