Happy Thanksgiving! There are many traditions to follow on this special holiday. There’s the meal with the family, Turkey, Taters and Pumpkin Pie, the Macy’s Parade, Black Friday the day after but for many the key ingredient of a good Thanksgiving?
Why, that has to be the NFL on the box for a good proportion of the day!
Usually when I do my preview of Thursday Night’s games, I have just one game to look at, but today, we have three outstanding games to preview in the NFL and, as tradition dictates, the Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys will be two of the six teams involved.
We’re now going to take a look at the three games this week, with odds shown provided by PointsBet Sportsbook for all three of the contests.
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Thanksgiving Day NFL Games And Tips
Chicago Bears (3-7) @ Detroit Lions (0-9-1)
This perhaps isn’t the biggest game in terms of playoff implications, but few teams enjoy quite such a fierce rivalry as these two NFC North opponents. The Lions have endured a familiarly tough campaign and are yet to win a game, one tie against the Steelers the best result they have managed this season.
The Bears have been embroiled in a number of thrilling games, but have tended to come out on the losing side in those contests giving them a 3-7 record and while their playoff hopes are not yet dead in the water, they are certainly floundering in the deep.
One of the Bears three wins this season came against the Lions in Chicago, a 24-14 win in early October which saw David Montgomery score two touchdowns as well as rushing for 106 yards, while Damien Williams added another 55 yards rushing and a touchdown to cement the Bears victory.
The Lions have been playing tough this season but not getting the results they perhaps deserve and while there have been a few blowouts, they have played hard in recent weeks, so this won’t be an easy game for the Bears.
Even so, the Bears are the -3 favorites with PointsBet to land the win and I would take that at -110. I would also take the Under 42 points at -110 and the Bears are also -171 on the moneyline.
Las Vegas Raiders (5-5) @ Dallas Cowboys (7-3)
After losing to the Broncos and the Chiefs in two of their last three games, the Dallas Cowboys will be hoping that they can start to get back to more consistent levels of performance when they take on the out of sorts Las Vegas Raiders in the second game on Thanksgiving.
After their offensive line was given a chasing by the Chiefs on Sunday, the Cowboys have had a short week to turn things around but their saving grace may be that they are taking on a Raiders team that has lost its last three games and scored 16 points or fewer in all three of those games.
It’s not like there is one issue that the Raiders defense needs to resolve, they have been well beaten on the ground and through the air across those three games and the Cowboys balanced offense does seem to stack up well against the Raiders here.
Derek Carr is still producing good numbers, but he is being pressured a lot more often in these last few games and that is leading to interceptions, something which the Cowboys defense will certainly be looking to exploit fully.
No matter how I look at this, I can’t really see any way the Raiders win this game unless the Cowboys suffer an implosion of the worst kind and after last weekend’s loss to the Chiefs, I think the Cowboys will be primed to strike back here hard.
The Cowboys are -7.5 against the spread with PointsBet but I’d take them to cover that comfortably here and I’d also go for over 51 points to be scored and of course, the Cowboys to win on the moneyline too.
Buffalo Bills (6-4) @ New Orleans Saints (5-5)
These two teams come into this game badly in need of a result. The Bills were stunned by the Indianapolis Colts at the weekend, going down to a heavy defeat and just a short time after beating the Bucs, the Saints have lost their last three games and are now two games behind the Bucs in the NFS South and on the fringes of the playoffs.
There’s no doubt that both these teams would have expected better in the past few weeks, but for one reason or another their performances have just dropped off. The Saints defense, one of the best in the NFL, has shipped 90 points in its last three games, 67 of those against the Eagles and Falcons.
It’s a similar story for the Bills who despite thrashing the Jets a couple of weeks back have seen that win bracketed by losses to the Jaguars and the Colts.
This final Thanksgiving Day game should be hugely interesting as for me, it is a battle between the Bills offense and the Saints defense as to who will win this game. And given how both units have blown hot and cold over the last couple of weeks, it is a tough one to call.
Despite that, PointsBet have Bills as the -6 favorites here, but I think that the Saints are not going to be blown away in this game and as such, I’d take the Saints at +6 here on the spread bet. Even though I feel the Bills will win the game (which is a -276 option on the moneyline). I also feel a score of Over 45 points is the option to back in the Total market.
The remaining teams in the NFL that are not on a Bye Week will be playing at the usual time on Sunday and Monday, so do tune in later in the week after you have enjoyed your Thanksgiving break to see what our preview and tips are for those games!
Until then, I hope you and your family and friends enjoy a lovely Thanksgiving!