Thanksgiving Thursday is finally here in the NFL! As always, three games will be played throughout the day, including two in Detroit and Dallas. The third is in Minnesota this year between the Vikings and Patriots.
The first matchup of Thanksgiving Thursday will see the Bills and Lions face off in Detroit. Although the Bills are currently nine and a half point favorites, their opponent is coming on lately, having won three consecutive games against the Packers, Bears and Giants. Lots of scoring is expected as well, with the over/under currently sitting at 53.5. When they’re on, both offenses can put up forty points in a game, but it may be tougher for Detroit to do that tomorrow against the Bills’ stout defensive unit. While the Lions look to claw back into playoff contention, the game is equally important for Buffalo because the Bills are currently half a game back of Miami for the lead in the AFC East. With the conference being so competitive, home field advantage will be massively important in this year’s playoffs.
Game 2 features an NFC East rivalry game that could have massive playoff implications with both teams sitting at 7-3. Last time they played, Cooper Rush led the Cowboys to a seven-point win on Monday Night Football, going 21/31 for 215 yards and a touchdown. Going into Thanksgiving Thursday, Dak is back, and the Cowboys are one of the hottest teams in the NFL. If they can play the way they did on Sunday, this game might not be close.
On the other sideline will be the New York Giants. Losers in two of their last three games, the G-Men are sliding down Power Rankings everywhere and are in desperate need of some momentum after falling to the Detroit Lions by double digits on Sunday. As always, Saquon Barkley will be the focal point for New York, and if they have any hopes of getting out of Dallas with a win, he’ll have to be a large part of the game.
The final game of the day will feature a very intriguing non-conference battle between the Vikings and Patriots. Both teams will hope to win the unfamiliar matchup as they look to put themselves in the best position for their respective playoff races. Heading into the game, it’s hard to know what to expect from either team. The Patriots offence scored just three points in last week’s win against the Jets, but then again, so did Minnesota’s at home against Dallas.
The matchup won’t be any easier for the Vikings either, as New England’s defence has allowed just six points in their last two games, albeit to much weaker offences. On the other side of the ball, can Mac Jones and the Pats do any real damage to anyone right now? We don’t really know. The only certainty about this game is that both teams badly need a win.
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Bills – 9.5 // NYG-DAL Over 45.5 // Vikings -2.5
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