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2013 NFL Betting, Online NFL Betting Odds & Lines

NFL Football Betting: Thanksgiving Day Preview

Posted by The Wiesguy on 11/24/2015 11:45:48 PM

Thanksgiving always marks a critical point in the NFL schedule and it is often filled with memorable games, but on the surface it does not look like much to look forward to this year. Only two of the six teams involved even have winning records and they are not facing each other.The most we can hope for is that the Bears vs. Packers is a bloody divisional grudge match.

Game 1: Philadelphia Eagles vs. Detroit Lions

As bad as the Eagles have been they are only a game behind the Giants in the pathetic NFC East. That means that if they can take advantage of what should be a gimme they could go on a run and take the division. However, nothing has been that easy for the Eagles this season. They have lost their last two and QB Sam Bradford is doubtful this week. In Detroit their struggles are well documented and they have likely already had their season highlight winning at Green Bay two weeks ago. They are on a two game winning streak though.

Prediction: The Eagles are a one point favourite on the road for this one. It is hard to predict which of these teams will play well or even if they will need to, to win. It is not a lot to go with but the Lions are on a roll and at home. That’s as good a reason as any.

Game 2: Carolina Panthers vs. Dallas Cowboys

The Panthers keep rolling. At 10-0 it is already about playoff seeding for this group. There could be a little juice in this one with Greg Hardy on the other side and it definitely helps to have Tony Romo back to generate an audience. He wasn’t great last week against Miami but they got the win and were able to play the kind of football they wanted to. This week poses a stiffer challenge as the Cowboys still have a shot to get into the division race even though they only have three wins to date.

Prediction: Panthers are a short favourite on the road which seems like a little bit of an overreaction to the fact that Romo is back. I do not think they are going to win every game this season but winning by a field goal. I will take Carolina.

Game 3: Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay Packers

The Packers flexed some muscle in their win over Minnesota last week. Even though Aaron Rodgers completed less than half of his passes you can see how this offense can be when Eddie Lacy is rumbling around out there. At home on Thanksgiving night they are going to be very tough to beat. Chicago lost a tough one last week against a Manningless Denver team. They have covered three in a row though.

Prediction: Green Bay is a heavy favourite at -9. It seems like fair value. In Week 1 on the road at Chicago they were -6 and won by eight. The shift in venue and their recent resurgence makes them a solid bet to close out Turkey Day.


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