It feels like Christmas morning! The three Thursday games are upon us, and I’m ready to indulge in some pigskin for the entire day.
Hell, let’s make it even more fun by wagering some money!
Here are my best bets…
While Detroit is historically pretty good at Ford Field on Thanksgiving, the matchup here is way too lopsided to bet on the Lions.
Except the Bears to give a big workload to Jordan Howard against a weak Lions run-defense. Howard has yet to surpass 100-rush yards in a single game this season, and that’s bound to end.
For Detroit, Golden Tate has been traded, Marvin Jones Jr. is banged up and listed OUT, so the only real threat at receiver is Kenny Golladay.
Breakout RB Kerryon Johnson won’t play, leaving LeGarrette Blount and Theo Riddick as the options on the ground for Detroit. Not exactly imposing figures.
The Bears D should have little trouble stopping Stafford and company.
Dallas is an even 5-5 in their last ten Thanksgiving games, so AT&T Stadium doesn’t provide much of an advantage on Turkey Thursday.
With Colt McCoy at the helm now for Washington, the Cowboys opened at 9.5, and have been bet down to a touchdown.
But remember — McCoy led the Redskins to an upset win over Dallas back in 2014 on Monday Night Football at JerryWorld. He’s not a guy who’s rattled by the big stage.
The last time these two teams met, Washington pounded the ball with Adrian Peterson, and expect the same today.
Cowboys win by a field goal, but the Skins cover.
I know what you’re thinking — the Saints are the best team in football right now and Drew Brees is on fire.
Meanwhile, the Falcons are coming off a heartbreaking home loss to the Cowboys that has presumably ended their playoff hopes.
But 13 points is…a lot.
The Falcons play New Orleans tight. In Week 3 they lost a nail-biter, and the last time Atlanta lost by more than 13 to the Saints was in 2011.
The key is for Atlanta to not trade field goals with New Orleans’ TD’s.
(throw it to Julio Jones)