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Is the tide turning for NFL Thursday night road teams?

The prospect of playing the Thursday night game on the road is one that coaches don’t particularly enjoy. Players are tired from Sunday’s game and even Victory Monday turns into a work day as the visiting team needs to cram game-planning into Monday and Tuesday before heading to the plane.

Asked about what the biggest challenge was, Bills coach Sean McDermott sad, “No. 1 is to get as fresh as possible, mind, body, and spirit; get those in the right spot. Then just to make sure we understand our plan for this, in terms of game plan, for the week.”

Historically, the numbers bear out the difficulty, although that might be changing.

The NFL has played 149 games on Thursdays when the short week is a factor since 2006. That means the Thanksgiving Day games are in, but the Thursday season openers are not because teams are not coming off a game four days earlier.

The visiting team has won 66 times (44.3 percent).

However, not counting Week One this year, the visiting teams have won four of seven.

Here is a look at the Thursday night results this season:

Week One: Chiefs 42, Patriots 27 in Kansas City

Week Two: Texans 13, Bengals 9 in Cincinnati

Week Three: Rams 41, 49ers 39 in San Francisco

Week Four: Packers 35, Bears 14 in Green Bay

Week Five: Patriots 19, Buccaneers 14 in Tampa Bay

Week Six: Eagles 28, Panthers 23 in Carolina

Week Seven: Raiders 31, Chiefs 30 in Oakland

Week Eight: Ravens 40, Dolphins 0 in Baltimore

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