Who wants some trends with their turkey? The NFL has loaded the Thanksgiving schedule with three must watch games, it is the first time since 1935 that there will be three or more games with each team having a .500 or better record. In between mouthfuls of pumpkin pie, chow down on these tasty Thanksgiving-centric betting trends.
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Lions (-2.5) vs. Vikings
The Lions are the least profitable team in our database on Thanksgiving (4-7 ATS) but since drafting Matthew Stafford the team is 4-2 ATS and winners of three straight on turkey day.
Minnesota hasn’t played on Thanksgiving since 2000. The Vikings ended a four game skid with a 30-24 win over Arizona Sunday. Another win would give Minnesota sole possession of first place in the NFC North.
Cowboys (-7) vs. Redskins
Dallas controls the NFC East but a stumble against Washington makes the division race interesting. After starting the season with an NFL-best 9-1 record, Jason Garrett will look to improve his results on Thanksgiving.
It will be a short week for Washington after carving up Green Bay Sunday night. Can the Redskins handle the quick turnaround? The oddsmakers have Kirk Cousins and crew as a sizeable underdog in the team’s first game on Thanksgiving since 2012.
There is a Pro System for this game that has gone 138-79 (63.6%), +51.6 units
Colts vs. Steelers
Indianapolis will host its first-ever NFL Thanksgiving Day game. The Colts are finally rolling, winners of two straight for the first time all season, but star quarterback Andrew Luck is expected to miss the game with a concussion. Backup Scott Tolzien is the next man up but he hasn’t started a game since 2013.
The Steelers snapped a four-game losing streak with a win against Cleveland. The victory over the Browns puts Pittsburgh in a tie for first place in the AFC North. Ben Roethlisberger will look to get the team over .500 for the first time since early October as favorites in non-division games have been successful on Thanksgiving.