Best NFL Bets for Thanksgiving

Time for some bonus NFL betting content! We’ve got three games on the Thanksgiving slate, let’s see if we can build off the momentum from going 3-2 on Sunday. Here are three great bets for the Thanksgiving NFL action. All lines come via Draft Kings as of Wednesday afternoon.

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Bills at Lions: Lions +9 (-110)

The Bills finally got back into the win column after a home win in Detroit over the Browns. Now, Buffalo heads back to the Motor City as the visiting team to take on the surging Detroit Lions. You read that right, the Lions come into this game riding a three-game winning streak.

Let’s be clear, that streak is likely to end this week. That being said, it might be somewhat close. The Lions are playing good football right now. The Bills haven’t been their best. Josh Allen doesn’t look completely himself, and that defense is hurting. I think the Lions find themselves down a couple scores, but get a garbage time score to pull within eight. Take the points.

Giants at Cowboys: Giants +10 (-105)

This feels like a gift. I get why the bookies have handicapped it this way, but I don’t agree with it at all. Their rationale is that the Cowboys are playing great, they typically play well on Thanksgiving, and the Giants are slowly coming back down to Earth. It all makes sense, but it’s not enough to lay 10 on the Cowboys.

There are a lot of unknowns in this contest. Divisional games tend to be a little screwy due to the extra familiarity. The same goes for Thursday games in general due to the lack of time to prepare. Another factor is this massive injury report. Who knows who is going to play and what shape they will be in.

Given all these unknowns, let’s focus on the facts. On paper, these teams are not that far apart. It is hard to win by double digits in the NFL. Take the points once again.

Patriots at Vikings: UNDER 42.5 Points (-110)

The Patriots and Vikings are not the matchup we are going to bet here to cap off our NFL Thanksgiving bets. Normally, that would be a no-brainer. However, there is a much bigger matchup to watch: Kirk Cousins versus prime time.

The man just stinks under the bright lights. That being said, he won’t have to be that good to get by New England. For that reason, we’re going with the path of least resistance and betting the total.

This is an easy one. Cousins doesn’t play well in late games and the Patriots have a very good defense. On the other side of the ball, the Vikings are average defensively, and the Patriots offense is in the bottom half of the league in points scored. Expect this game to be a race to 20. Take the under.

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