This is the fourth year the NFL has played Thursday night games every week, and if you look at the trends over those four years, you find something surprising: playing on the road on a Thursday, with limited prep and recovery time, isn't such a difficult thing to overcome.
Overall, NFL road teams have won 43 percent of all games in that span, but if you look at only Thursday road teams, they're 31-36 overall, which works out to 46 percent. Take away the Week 1 Thursday games — where the shorter prep time is almost negligible — and they're actually 31-33, which works out to 48 percent, again much better than road teams in general.
Thursday road teams on a short week are 8-7 this year — 7-6 if you take out the afternoon Thanksgiving games.
We'll understand if your frame of reference for a Thursday road game is ... the Bucs' last such game, which saw them trailing 56-0 to Atlanta for the franchise's greatest deficit at any point in its 40-year history on the way to a 56-14 loss. The Bucs have been a Thursday road team just one other time since 2012, winning 36-17 at the Vikings in 2012.