NFL Week 12 Betting Lines
Thanksgiving NFL football is as much of a tradition as turkey, dressing, and pumpkin pie. Unfortunately, so too are the Detroit Lions, a part of that annual rite of autumn. A franchise that has never made the Super Bowl, Detroit continues to get the first game of Turkey Day. It all goes back to a favor that the Ford Family did for the NFL decades ago when nobody wanted to host a Thanksgiving Day game. The Ford's still get their game for that favor, a game that any other team would want, and all fans wish they didn't have. At least for this year, it will be an NFC North rivalry showdown between the Lions and Chicago Bears. Also on the Thanksgiving card is the Las Vegas Raiders at Dallas Cowboys and Buffalo Bills at New Orleans Saints.
BYE WEEK: Arizona, Kansas City
On Thanksgiving Day, We will know whether or not the Dallas Cowboys' promise of improvement will have come to fruition. Dallas spent its first six picks of the 2021 NFL Draft on defensive players to try and fortify a hopeless unit. Cowboys Quarterback Dak Prescott missed nearly all of last year due to injury. And that proved to be a devastating blow to Mike McCarthy in his first year as Cowboys head coach. However, the Raiders could be a dangerous and live dog. Las Vegas sported a good offense last year but had little defense, much like the Cowboys.
Whether or not Jameis Winston is the answer as Drew Brees' replacement as the Saints quarterback will be known by Turkey Day. There are a lot of skeptics that will need proof of a new Winston. And the visiting Buffalo Bills are not offering a Holiday break.
Sunday brings what could be a tricky interconference game at Indianapolis, where the Colts host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Both teams will be fighting for playoff position, and the Colts will not be an easy out for the Brady Bunch.
One of the best games of the entire weekend will be played on the Frozen Tundra of Lambeau Field, where the Green Bay Packers host the Los Angeles Rams. Green Bay is favored to win the NFC North yet again, but where things stand with Aaron Rodgers, coaches, and management will have to play out. Meanwhile, Rams coach Sean McVay is betting that Matthew Stafford can get the Rams back to Super Sunday. By this point in the season, we'll know if he was right. If not, it will go down as one of the biggest flops and worst trades in NFL history.
Another attractive Sunday game with probable playoff implications is the Minnesota Vikings and San Francisco 49ers.
Sunday Night Football on NBC offers a great ending to the Thanksgiving weekend with the Baltimore Ravens hosting the Cleveland Browns. Playoff position and the lead of the AFC North Division will likely be on the line. Baker Mayfield and Lamar Jackson make for an easy sell for viewers and betting action.
The Washington Football team won a lot of hearts with their division championship last year. Head coach Ron Rivera made lemonade out of lemons. But the fact remains that Washington is severely challenged roster-wise, starting with veteran journeyman quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. Washington will host the Seattle Seahawks on ESPN Monday Night Football.
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