Thu 23/11/2017 - 03:06 EST

Thursday Night Football - Lions' Caldwell is Mr. Thanksgiving

Thursday Night Football - Lions' Caldwell is Mr. Thanksgiving

Lions Own Their Game Again

Thanksgiving football is an annual tradition in Detroit, one that stretches all the way back to 1934. Other games have since been joined the festivities - the Dallas Cowboys began their annual Thanksgiving Day game in 1966, while a prime time game was added to the mix in 2006 - but Detroit is the team that's generally associated first and foremost with Thanksgiving football. And lately, there's been more of the latter from the Lions.

Detroit has won four in a row on Thanksgiving, and mostly in convincing fashion. The Lions drubbed the Green Bay Packers 40-10 in 2013 and slaughtered the Philadelphia Eagles 45-14 in 2015. Last season, the Lions edged the Minnesota Vikings 16-13 on a Matt Prater field goal, but it was a win that moved Detroit atop the NFC North division.

Both teams meet again, and once again, there's plenty on the line for both teams. Let's break down this year's Thanksgiving smorgasbord of football, based on odds provided by Bovada.

Minnesota Vikings (-160) at Detroit Lions (+140)

Surprisingly, the Lions' 28th-rated rushing game was able to move the ball against the second-ranked run defense of the Vikings when they met earlier this season at Minnesota. Detroit running back Ameer Abdullah went for 94 yards in Detroit's 14-7 victory. Generally, teams seek to simplify the playbook during a short week of preparation, so the run game will again be a major factor.

It will also come into play when Minnesota has the ball. The Vikings are the NFL's No. 5 offensive team and No. 8 rushing team, and in the past two weeks, both the Cleveland Browns (201 yards) and Chicago Bears (222 yards) enjoyed significant success running the ball against the Lions. The Vikings rushed for 171 yards last week in their 24-7 victory over the NFC West-leading Los Angeles Rams.

Detroit QB Matthew Stafford is a gunslinger, and he just seems to find ways to win close games at home. The 6-4 Lions, who swept all three divisional road games this season for the first time in franchise history, can move back into NFC North contention with a win over the 8-2 Vikings.

Pick: Detroit (+140, +3), under (45)

Los Angeles Chargers (-125) at Dallas Cowboys ()

There's a chance that Pro Bowl left tackle Tyron Smith (groin) will play for the Cowboys in this game, and that's imperative if Dallas is to have any chance. Minus Smith and the running of the suspended Ezekiel Elliott to keep the defense honest, Dallas has been whipped two weeks in a row and QB Dak Prescott was sacked 12 times in the pair of defeats. 

The Chargers have sacked the quarterback 30 times this season, third-best in the NFL. Joey Bosa (10.5) and Melvin Ingram (8.5), who was named NFL defensive player of the week, have combined for 19 of those sacks, and Prescott can figure on feeling plenty of pressure from them.

Pick: Los Angeles Chargers (-125, -2), over (48)


New York Giants (+275) at Washington Redskins (-350)

Heroes are often created in the national spotlight on Thanksgiving. Think Clint Longley, the Mad Bomber, who came off the bench for an injured Roger Staubach to lead the Cowboys past the Redskins in 1974. Well, this Thanksgiving, opportunity to shine is knocking for Washington running back Semaje Perine.

With Rob Kelley and Chris Thompson both on injured reserve, Perine rambled for 117 yards in last week's loss to the Saints at New Orleans. Back home, he lines up against a Giants run defense that permits 132.7 yards per game, third-worst in the NFL.

Pick: Washington (-350, -7.5), under (44.5) 

Results / FixturesNFL

Category : Betting Picks

Tag : dak prescott , detroit lions , Football , Joey Bosa , Matthew Stafford , Melvin Ingram , nfl , Semaje Perine

More articles...
Betting Picks - 02/12/21
UFC 269 Picks: Dustin Poirier Favorite to Beat Charles Oliveira 
UFC 269 Picks: Dustin Poirier Favorite to Beat Charles Oliveira

The final numbered UFC card of the year is upon us and it serves up a banger of a main event between Charles Oliveira and the number one contender Dustin Poirier for the lightweight championship of the world.

Live from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on December 11th the two top-ranked 155-pounders in the world will go head-to-head in a five-round bout to crown the undisputed champion of the UFC's lightweight division.

We'll take a look at the betting odds for the bout and see what picks we can find to earn you some hard-earned cash for the holidays.

Betting Picks - 30/11/21
NHL Picks For November 30, 2021 
NHL Picks For November 30, 2021

The NHL has served up some great entertainment so far this season and we continue with a host of fixtures tonight including the New Jersey Devils hosting the San Jose Sharks live from the Prudential Centre.

We'll also see the St Louis Blues taking on the Tampa Bay Lightning from the Scottrade Centre.

We'll preview both of these games and provide you with the best betting picks we can find to try and earn you some cash for the holiday season.

Betting Picks - 26/11/21
New England Revolution Favorite to Win The 2021 MLS Cup 
New England Revolution Favorite to Win The 2021 MLS Cup

The 2021 MLS Cup is preparing to begin and there are set to be 14 teams competing for the honor of being crowned champions at the end of a long season. But who is likely to be involved in the running for the title? Let's take a look at the betting picks.

Betting Picks - 26/11/21
MLB 2022: Early Betting Odds For Atlanta Braves to Retain World Series 
MLB 2022: Early Betting Odds For Atlanta Braves to Retain World Series

The 2021 Major League Baseball season has come to an end and the Atlanta Braves have been crowned World Series champions for the first time since 1995.

A 7-0 win over the Houston Astros meant they earned a 4-2 series win to claim the championship, with Jorge Soler claiming the series MVP award in the process.

With the off-season now upon us though, we've taken a look at the early odds for the 2022 season which is currently scheduled to start on March 31st 2022 to take a look at any value in the initial odds that we could possibly find.