Tuesday Widens Lead Over Wednesday in Exhilarating NFL Race

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Andrew Doughty @DoughtyBetMGM Dec 17, 2021, 7:57 PM

More NFL games have been played on Sundays than Tuesdays over the league’s 102-year history. And, shockingly, it’s not close.

Zero regular-season (or postseason) games were played on Tuesdays from 1949-2009, a run of 71 consecutive seasons and more than 12,000 total games that ended in 2010 when a Week 16 Sunday Night Football game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Minnesota Vikings was pushed to Tuesday night as a winter storm swept pummeled the northeast.

The Vikings’ 24-14 win in Philadelphia was the league’s first Tuesday game since 1948 and just the eighth Tuesday game played in NFL history. The ninth and 10th games came 10 years later in 2020 when COVID outbreaks forced two games to Tuesdays. And the 11th and 12th games will come this Tuesday after COVID pushed two games – Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Rams and Washington Football Team at Philadelphia Eagles – to Dec. 21.

The uptick in games over the last 12 seasons has widened Tuesday’s lead over Wednesday in a race no one cares about.

Wednesday is dead last with six of the more than 16,000 total games in NFL history. No other day has hosted fewer than 100 games, a mark that Friday hit in the 1960s when regular Friday games were nearing their demise. There have been only seven Friday games in the last 50 seasons, most recently the Vikings against the New Orleans Saints on Christmas Day in 2020.

Other notes of irrelevance: Monday ranks second to Sunday in total games, followed by Saturday and Thursday.

As of Friday, Dec. 17 at BetMGM, the Eagles are a 8.5-point home favorite against Washington, while the Rams are a 5.5-point home favorite over the Seahawks. You can view updated NFL spreads for all Week 15 games at the BetMGM sportsbook.

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Andrew Doughty is a writer for BetMGM and host of The Lion's Edge, an NFL and college football podcast available on Apple Podcasts and everywhere else.

Andrew Doughty is a writer for BetMGM and host of The Lion's Edge, an NFL and college football podcast available on Apple Podcasts and everywhere else.